Pelvic floor biofeedback therapy is a treatment intended to help to strengthen and relax your pelvic muscles. Biofeedback uses mechanical instruments to accurately measure the action of the pelvic floor muscles, and provides ‘feedback’ information to the patient so that the patient can learn to better use the pelvic muscles. You can learn to use the pelvic floor muscles to decrease the sudden urge to urinate. An important part of pelvic floor biofeedback therapy is consistent exercise of the pelvic muscles at home, and biofeedback therapy can help teach proper pelvic muscle exercise.
Pelvic floor biofeedback therapy has been used successfuly by many men and women for the past thirty years. Along with pelvic floor muscle massage and "trigger point release" therapy, have been found to be helpful in men and women with chronic pelvic pain.
Biofeedback therapy for the pelvic muscles is to strengthen the muscles that help to hold back the urine, and also to help teach the patient methods of pelvic floor muscle contraction. Contraction of the pelvic floor muscles, called "quick flicks", can sometimes make unwanted urges to urinate go away. Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles can also help to decrease leaking of urine that happens with cough, laughing, work, or exercise. Many women also find that pelvic floor therapy strengthens the vaginal muscles, which can benefit sexual relations. Patients with chronic pelvic pain may have pelvic floor muscle tightness, or spasm, that contributes to the pelvic pain. Pelvic floor biofeedback therapy can teach patients how to relax the pelvic floor muscles, which can help to reduce pelvic pain. Pelvic floor massage can also help to reduce pelvic pain.