Pelvic muscle rehabilitation combines physical therapy with biofeedback therapy and electrical stimulation to help patients retrain their pelvic floor muscles. These treatments help the patient take an active role in the healing process and work to prevent urinary incontinence and other troublesome pelvic floor conditions.
Patients suffering from the following conditions may benefit from pelvic muscle rehabilitation:
- Urinary incontinence
- Urinary ietention
- Painful urination
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Interstitial cystitis
Pelvic floor biofeedback therapy is a treatment that is designed to help patients learn to strengthen and relax their pelvic muscles. During biofeedback therapy, computer sensors accurately measure and indicate pelvic floor muscle activity, teaching patients how to control the right muscles to prevent urinary incontinence or pelvic pain.
Pelvic floor muscle electrical stimulation works to help increase a patient's awareness of pelvic floor muscle contractions. In this procedure, an electrical current stimulates the pelvic muscles and causes them to contract. Combined with pelvic floor muscle exercises (Kegels) and biofeedback therapy, electrical stimulation can be very beneficial for patients who are unable to contract these muscles on demand.