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PELVIC FLOOR THERAPY FOR INCONTINENCE
What is biofeedback or pelvic floor therapy for urine incontinence?
Biofeedback takes information about something happening in the body and presents it in a way that you can see or hear and understand. Getting on a scale to check your weight or having your blood pressure taken are very simple examples of biofeedback, which can be used to measure any body response such as heart rate or muscle contraction and relaxation.
In biofeedback, the measurement can be displayed on a computer screen or heard as a tone and used to learn about a subtle body function.
Who needs Bio-feedback therapy?
- Urine leakage while coughing, sneezing, running or any other physical exertion.
- Pelvic muscle weakness after child birth.
- Frequent urge to run to the bathroom leading to urgency and leakage.
- Menopause related muscle weakness and lack of bladder control.
- Early stage bladder or uterine prolapse ( also called Cystocele or Vaginal prolapse).
How is biofeedback used to treat incontinence and bladder problems?
Biofeedback has been proven effective in the treatment of urinary incontinence in numerous research studies. It can be used to help women learn to control and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. The pelvic floor muscles (PFM) are a group of muscles that play an important role in bladder control. Weakness or dysfunction of the pelvic floor muscles can lead to problems with both bladder and rectal support and control.
Because you cannot see the pelvic floor muscles, you may have found it difficult to locate them. Perhaps you are uncertain if you are doing the pelvic muscle exercise correctly. This is where biofeedback can help.
Biofeedback therapy uses computer graphs and audible tones to show you the muscles you are exercising. It also allows the therapist to measure your muscle strength and individualize your exercise program. It does not do anything to your muscles. It is a teaching tool to help you learn to control and strengthen the pelvic floor area.
How is biofeedback done?
Two small sensors are placed with a sticky pad on either side of your anus, where the pelvic floor muscles are close to the skin. These can be placed under your loose clothing. Another set of sensors is placed across the abdomen. The sensors around the anus are connected to a computer screen and display a graph of your muscles as they are being exercised.
Since many women incorrectly use their stomach muscles when doing pelvic floor exercises, the sensors on the abdomen display a computerized graph to show you when you are using these muscles instead of those on the pelvic floor. The graphs also are helpful in measuring your growth in strength between biofeedback visits.
How long is each visit and how many will I need?
Biofeedback sessions are generally 30 minutes. The average number of sessions is six, but a few more or less may be needed to get the best results. Visits are scheduled every two to three weeks. Since biofeedback is a learning tool, it is important to practice pelvic floor exercises every day at home as well.
How does the device work?
The biofeedback device monitors and records muscle activity of each contraction of the pelvic floor muscles by using EMG-signals. The method offers accurate and fast measuring of pelvic floor muscle activity. Based on the measurement the trainer device gives direct verbal feedback to guide the user towards correct exercising technique.
Then the medical professional can transfer the stored results to a computer, set new training goals.
Individualized training program and interactive verbal monitoring increase user compliance and are responsible for the significant increase in contraction strength and the decreased incontinence seen in case-controlled clinical trials.
In the beginning of every training session the device determines the relaxation target level and the exercise target level.
The clear results from Biofeedback therapy can normally be seen after training of 8–12 weeks. However positive changes usually occur after regular training of a few weeks. To reach permanent results it is recommended to repeat the therapy period once a year.