The Pelvic Floor: Is your bladder and bowel function normal?

Posted on April 30th, 2012

A normal bladder should:

  • Need to empty no more than 4-6 times per day, and 0-1 times at night
  • Pass 1-2 cups of urine (250ml-500ml) at each visit to the toilet
  • Be able to hold it until convenient
  • Empty in a steady continuous stream and not require straining to empty
  • Should not leak between visits to the toilet

A normal bowel should:

  • Empty anywhere from 3 times per day to 3 times per week
  • Should not require straining to empty
  • Should pass easily as a continuous sausage-shaped form
  • Should be able to hold off until convenient
  • Should be able to hold back wind until an appropriate time

If your bladder or bowel function differs in any way, it may be a sign of pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. A trained continence physiotherapist will be able to determine your particular problem and give you tailored advice and exercises to improve your bladder and bowel function.

Best wishes to a valued team member

Posted on April 18th, 2012

The team at PhysioCare Townsville would like to pass on their best wishes to Amelia Kettle, one of our popular Physiotherapists, who has left the practice after 3 years of dedicated work.

Amelia first Joined PhysioCare in late 2009 as a new graduate Physiotherapist from JCU, over the course of her time here she has been an inspiration to those she worked with and a highly valued practitioner among her client group. Her dedication to additional research and professional development has ensured that she has a wealth of knowledge and to draw on and is often turned to for advice from her colleagues.

It is this knowledge and professionalism which earned her a sought-after position with the Joint Health Command of the Australian Defence Force. As a civilian working on Lavarack Barracks Amelia will treat all manner of people employed by the ADF and we know from experience how lucky they are to have her!