Biofeedback Pelvic Floor Therapy

Overview

Conservative, non-surgical therapy used to treat incontinence, urgency, pelvic pain, or to re-educate the pelvic floor muscles to restore and maintain health.

Biofeedback is a non-surgical approach to treatment where patients are trained to improve their health by using signals from their own bodies.

  • Biofeedback is a group of therapeutic procedures that utilize electronic or mechanical instruments to accurately measure, process, and provide ‘feedback’ about neuromuscular and other body activities.
  • Biofeedback therapy has been used for the past thirty years and is widely used to treat many medical problems such as headaches, pain, or high blood pressure.
  • Biofeedback has been used successfully to treat muscle dysfunction and is often used in behavioral therapy for the treatment of urinary incontinence (UI).

The goal of biofeedback therapy in the treatment of urinary incontinence is to modify a person’s behavior and train them in methods to help regain bladder control. Persons are taught to alter physiologic responses of the bladder and pelvic muscles that are involved in urine loss. New skills are learned for maintaining continence or to assist in relearning previous control behaviors. Biofeedback therapy is a vital component of any behavioral program which deals with restoration of pelvic muscle function.

Biofeedback treatment varies – based on several factors – and can involve multiple sessions under the supervision of a physician or specialized nurse.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect during Pelvic Floor Therapy

With each visit, you will consult with your healthcare professional about your progress and discuss your therapy regimen. Typically, this therapy consists of weekly sessions for 4 weeks. The first session will last about one hour while the remaining sessions will last less than an hour. A small medical device probe may be inserted vaginally or rectally to allow direct assessment of the pelvic floor muscles. Also adhesive patches may be placed on your abdominal muscles so that you can be assured that only the desired muscles contract while exercising. This probe and the patches are cleaned and reused for each therapy session. You may be asked to keep them and bring them with you each time you visit. It is important to always have these with you for your appointments.