Your pelvic floor is a network of muscles and tissues that holds all the organs in your pelvis, including your bladder, vagina, uterus, and rectum. A healthy pelvic floor supports and stabilizes your pelvic organs, but, unfortunately, pelvic floor dysfunction is very common.
In fact, 1 in 3 women experiences a pelvic floor disorder in her lifetime. Symptoms can include incontinence, pain during sexual intercourse, chronic pelvic pain, and difficulty with bowel movements — and it goes without saying that these symptoms can have a serious impact on a person’s quality of life.
Fortunately, pelvic floor dysfunction is treatable. Our team at Advanced Urology offers comprehensive pelvic floor care in Culver City, Los Angeles, Redondo Beach, and San Pedro, California.
Read on to find out how biofeedback — a noninvasive therapy — can help relieve your symptoms and give you back control.
How biofeedback therapy works for pelvic floor dysfunction
Biofeedback is a non-invasive therapy that uses sensors to monitor and provide feedback on your body's physiological responses, from heart rate to muscle tension.
We can use biofeedback to evaluate your pelvic floor muscles and determine if they’re too tense or too weak. Therapy also helps you identify your pelvic floor muscles, so you can improve pelvic floor control and strength.
During a biofeedback session, we place sensors on your pelvic floor muscles. We guide you through specific exercises, like squeezing or relaxing specific muscle groups. As you move through the exercises, the sensors provide feedback.
Biofeedback therapy gives you a visual representation of your pelvic floor muscle activity, so you can better understand and control the muscles. Over time, this increased awareness and control helps reduce symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction and improve muscle strength.
The benefits of biofeedback therapy
At Advanced Urology, we specialize in biofeedback for pelvic floor dysfunction because we believe it’s one of the best solutions for this common condition.
Biofeedback therapy is completely non-invasive and 100% drug-free. Unlike pelvic floor surgery and other treatment options, biofeedback therapy is low-risk and safe for most people with symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction.
Another benefit of biofeedback therapy is that it’s customizable to your specific needs and goals. Because the therapy involves monitoring and providing feedback on your body's unique physiological responses, we tailor your therapy sessions to address the specific muscle groups and patterns of muscle activity that are contributing to your symptoms.
Since biofeedback has a low risk of side effects, it’s generally safe to combine with other treatments. We may also recommend pelvic floor therapy, a neuromodulation device, or other treatment depending on your condition.
Pelvic floor dysfunction has the power to interfere with your daily life, but you don’t have to deal with the symptoms alone. Book an appointment at Advanced Urology to learn more about biofeedback and find out if this non-invasive therapy could be right for you. Call us at 310-670-9119 or send us a message online to get started.