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Biofeedback and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

What is therapy for the pelvic floor?

Pelvic floor physiotherapy involves various techniques for retraining the pelvic muscles. This therapy can be used to treat both men and women, who are experiencing any of the following: incontinence, constipation, difficulty with urination or bowel movements, chronic pelvic pain, and painful intercourse.

Pelvic floor therapists might use various techniques including:

  • recommended diet changes
  • medicines
  • pelvic floor exercises
  • pelvic floor biofeedback

What is the Biofeedback Technique?

Biofeedback is a type of pelvic floor exercise. These are exercises, taught by a physiotherapist or specialist nurse that can help strengthen the muscles used to control the opening and closing of your bowels.

Biofeedback is a tool used for pelvic floor rehabilitation. This technique involves placing a small device in your bottom while doing the exercises. This device provides visual and auditory stimuli, providing you with feedback as to how well you are doing the exercises.

What is Bowel Retraining?

A treatment called bowel retraining may sometimes be recommended by a continence specialist.

This is a treatment programme that involves things like:

  • making changes to your diet to reduce constipation or diarrhoea
  • creating a regular routine for going to the toilet – for example, always going after meals.
  • learning ways to help you empty your bowels – for example, having a hot drink or changing how you sit on the toilet.