Effective Exercise for Incontinence

Effective Exercise for Incontinence

Posted on September 26, 2023

Incontinence, particularly urinary incontinence, is a prevalent concern that affects many women, especially as they age. 

It can lead to embarrassing moments and a reduced quality of life. 

However, there's good news — pelvic floor and other types of exercises for incontinence can be incredibly effective in managing and even treating bladder leaks.

In this post, we'll explore exercises designed to help you regain control, improve pelvic health, and enhance your quality of life. 

Say goodbye to the inconvenience of incontinence, and let's embark on this empowering journey together.

What is Incontinence and Why Does it Happen?

Urinary incontinence refers to the involuntary loss of urine. It can manifest in different ways, from a few drops of urine leaking when you laugh or sneeze (stress incontinence) to a sudden and strong urge to urinate that you can't control (urge incontinence).

Incontinence can be caused by various factors, including:

Weakness in the pelvic floor muscles.

  • Hormonal changes, such as those that occur during menopause
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Neurological conditions
  • Certain medications
  • Chronic conditions like diabetes

Now, let's explore the type of exercise(s) that may be effective to help manage and alleviate incontinence.

 Effective Exercises for Incontinence

Embarking on the journey to overcome incontinence is a proactive step toward regaining control and confidence in your life. In this section, we'll dive into the types of exercise that may be highly effective allies on this empowering path. 

The types of exercise, commonly used by pelvic physical therapists, are designed to strengthen your core. The core consists of pelvic floor, abdominal, hip and diaphragm muscles. The optimal function and coordination of these muscles enhance bladder control, and help you live life on your terms. Let's get started on the road to a more confident and comfortable you.

At Lotus Physical Therapy for Women, PLLC, there is no "cookie cutter" approach to exercise for incontinence. Each individual undergoes a thorough evaluation. Based on their particular findings an exercise program is formulated and tailored to their particular needs.

Exercise programs for incontinence often focus on pelvic floor, abdominals, hip and spinal muscles, postural and breathing muscles as well. 

Individuals who engage in physical therapy programs for incontinence are taken through a functional progression of exercises. Often these exercises begin at a basic level to allow weakened muscles to slowly and effectively build strength. Once adequate strength is achieved, exercise and activities are progressed to address the functional needs and goals of each patient/client. For example, someone with a goal of returning to running as a form of exercise will not doubt, have a very different program than someone whose goals are to return to yoga or childcare and daily household chores.  

At Lotus Physical Therapy for Women, PLLC, all patient/client goals are important. Your therapist will work with you to help you achieve them. 


Incontinence should not hold you back or limit your activities. Pelvic floor and core stability exercises can play a pivotal role in improving pelvic health and managing incontinence effectively. If you're experiencing incontinence issues, incorporating these types of exercises into your daily routine can make a significant difference.

At Lotus Physical Therapy for Women, we provide personalized care for women's wellness, including pelvic physical therapy, and can provide personalized guidance and treatment plans to address your specific needs. 

Don't let incontinence control your life — take control of your pelvic health today. Reach out to us at (845) 517-5100 or email us at [email protected] to learn more and schedule a consultation.

How Can I Help You?

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, inquiries, or if you're ready to embark on a journey towards improved well-being. Your path to holistic health and vitality starts here. I am here to provide you with personalized guidance, answer your queries, and assist you in taking the next steps on your transformative journey.