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Faecal incontinence occurs when there is a leakage of stools (faeces) or you have problems with controlling wind. This is due to a weakness of the muscles around the anus (back passage) and can be experienced by women for a variety of reasons.

The affected muscles consist of the internal and external anal sphincter muscles. There are two main types of faecal incontinence:
  1. Faecal urge incontinence: Leakage of stools before you can get to the toilet
  2. Faecal urgency: Needing to go to the toilet quickly but little leaking of stools
Physiotherapy is a very effective way to help strengthen your sphincter muscles and reducing the symptoms of incontinence. have specialist women’s health physiotherapists who can provide you with a thorough assessment and devise a treatment programme to suit your needs.

Core stability and pelvic floor exercises supervised by a experienced therapistAbove: Core stability and pelvic floor exercises supervised by a experienced therapist

What causes faecal incontinence?

There are a number of potential causes of faecal incontinence in women. Your physiotherapy programme from will be appropriate to treat the specific causes and be progressed at a level that is suitable for you. The possible causes of faecal incontinence are:

Physiotherapy for faecal incontinence

After a comprehensive assessment, your women’s health physiotherapist at will design a specific treatment programme to help you work towards your goals. Physiotherapy treatments may include:
  • Strengthening of sphincter and pelvic floor muscles
  • Biofeedback (to retrain your muscles)
  • Electrotherapy
  • Advice about lifestyle and diet changes
  • Bladder charts
  • Weighted cones to help with your strengthening exercises
  • Advice on moving and handling techniques
  • Positioning advice
  • Cardiovascular activity


Faecal incontinence is a condition experienced by some women making you leak stools or pass uncontrolled wind. It is commonly helped by physiotherapy and the specialist women’s health physiotherapists at will be able to provide you with a variety of treatment options to help minimise your symptoms. Please call on 0330 088 7800 to book an appointment today. You can also book an appointment online today!

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