Pelvic Floor Biofeedback
Bio” means body and “feedback” means receiving information about the body’s physiological activity.
The idea behind biofeedback is that, by paying close attention to the unnoticed actions you do with your pelvic floor muscles, you can improve your ability to control them.
Who can benefit from biofeedback?
Studies show that biofeedback can help in the following conditions:
- Inability to control stool (stool incontinence)
- Loss of bladder control (urinary incontinence)
- Some types of pelvic floor pain.
How biofeedback is performed
- A small sensor (electrodes) will be placed around the anus and on the abdomen, or sometimes a small sensor is used internally, in the vagina or rectum.
- As you tighten or relax the muscles, changes are seen on the computer monitor. Visualizing this information helps you to identify the muscles and learn to control them.
After the session
- At the end of the session, you will be given instructions for your home exercise program.
- It’s important to keep performing your pelvic floor exercises between the sessions for the best results.
How long is the session?
Biofeedback sessions are generally 30-45 minutes.
How many sessions will I need?
The average number of sessions is four. A few more, or less sessions may be needed to get the best results.