Generally speaking, biofeedback uses electrodes to gather information on involuntary body processes such as heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, perspiration, skin temperature, and muscle tension. That information is displayed on a monitor both you and your doctor are watching. With your doctor’s guidance, you use that feedback to gain better control over your body’s functions. Biofeedback has proven helpful in addressing many conditions, among them high blood pressure, depression, headaches, chronic pain, and urinary incontinence.
Biofeedback for Male Urinary Incontinence
Biofeedback is used to treat incontinence by helping you learn to control and strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, which play a crucial role in bladder control. Urinary incontinence can occur if those muscles are too weak to properly control bladder function or are not responding properly.
Using biofeedback techniques with Kegel exercises, pelvic floor therapy teaches patients to contract muscles in the pelvic floor more efficiently, resulting in improved bladder control.
This therapy can help people with stress incontinence, in which the bladder leaks because the muscles cannot withstand the stress of actions like sneezing, coughing, laughing, or lifting heavy objects. Biofeedback also is helpful in addressing urge incontinence, in which people regularly experience the strong and sudden need to urinate. In both cases, biofeedback directs you to the specific muscle groups you need to strengthen to help control urine flow.
Studies have found that biofeedback can improve bladder control and reduce urinary incontinence by as much as 94 percent.
How Biofeedback works
The therapy begins by applying electrodes to your body. In some cases, small sensors are placed near your anus, where the pelvic floor muscles are closest to the skin. You then begin performing a series of pelvic floor exercises designed to strengthen those muscles. The sensors provide feedback on a computer screen or through audio tones that tell you whether you are contracting the correct muscles. Biofeedback treatments for urinary incontinence generally last about 30 minutes.
Biofeedback After Prostate Surgery
Biofeedback can be especially helpful in men after prostatectomy who are still leaking. At our clinic we have successfully treated hundreds of men suffering from urinary incontinence after prostate removal with this technique.
As part of or Prostate Surgery Integrative Program (PSIP), biofeedback guided exercises are offered to patients one to two week before surgery to strengthen the key pelvic floor muscles before the surgical date. Strengthening these important muscles assures quicker continence and less leakage after prostate surgery.
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