Biofeedback Therapy

Biofeedback therapy is a non-invasive treatment modality offered at our office to treat primarily stress urinary incontinence, but it may also be used to treat certain pelvic pain syndromes. It is a conservative treatment option offered to those patients who suffer from weak pelvic floor muscles resulting in urinary incontinence. Pelvic floor therapy helps patients identify and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles responsible for bladder control. These exercises and behavior modification tools are conducted by a specially trained female nurse practitioner certified in women’s health. Pelvic muscle exercises are taught by using computer graphics to visualize both the pelvic and abdominal muscle movements. Patients are better able to determine they are isolating the proper muscles needed for bladder control. A treatment course usually consists of 4-6 sessions and each session is approximately 30 minutes in duration. Biofeedback is sometimes combined with medications to enhance success rates. Although biofeedback may not be as effective as surgery for stress urinary incontinence, this form of therapy is a good option in patients with milder urinary incontinence who may not tolerate an operation.

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