The pelvic floor muscles play an essential role in bladder control. Pelvic floor biofeedback is a learning tool used to help strengthen weak pelvic floor muscles and help an individual gain control over their bladder.
Since we cannot see the pelvic floor muscles, it can be difficult to know if exercises are being done correctly. This is where biofeedback becomes useful.
During biofeedback therapy, computer graphs and audible tones show a patient the muscles they are exercising. Biofeedback is a learning tool to help one understand how to work these hard-to-understand muscles properly, so they can continue training them on their own at home.
What to Expect:
Biofeedback sessions are generally 30 minutes long. During the session, two small sensors are placed on either side of the patient’s anus (where the pelvic floor muscles are close to the skin). Two more sensors are placed across the abdomen. The sensors are connected to a computer that will display a graph of the muscles as they are exercised.
In real time, the patient can see which muscles they are engaging during their pelvic floor exercise. This information makes it easier for them to practice on their own at home to keep the pelvic muscles strong and functioning properly.