What is biofeedback for pelvic floor muscle retraining?
Biofeedback for pelvic floor muscle retraining is a treatment to help patients learn to strengthen or relax their pelvic floor muscles in order to improve bowel or bladder function and decrease some types of pelvic floor pain. It is a painless process that uses special sensors and a computer monitor to display information about muscle activity. This information or “feedback” is used to gain sensitivity, and with practice, control over pelvic floor muscle function.
Your physio may use it to show you either how well you are contracting your pelvic muscles as well as how well you are relaxing them which will help with strengthening weak muscles as well as down-training too tight, pelvic floor muscles which can be causing pelvic pain and urinary or bowel dysfunction.
An important part of pelvic floor biofeedback therapy is consistent practice of pelvic floor muscle exercises at home. With biofeedback, an individual can learn to stop using the incorrect muscles and start using the correct ones.
If you are interested in finding out more about EMG biofeedback, call or book in with one of our Pelvic Health Physiotherapists.