Urinary incontinence, the involuntary loss of bladder control, affects an estimated 13 million Americans every day. Approximately three million Americans suffer from fecal incontinence. For many, this may become a psychological burden that limits social interaction, decreases excursions outside of the home, limits recreational activities and may cause sexual-interaction avoidance.
The Overlake Outpatient Physical Therapy Department treats incontinence utilizing biofeedback techniques. During biofeedback therapy for incontinence, a sensor is used to detect pelvic floor muscle activity. This information is displayed in graph form on a computer monitor. The muscle activity can be seen as exercises are performed to strengthen these muscles.
Modesty is preserved throughout the treatment. Therapists coordinate a personalized home exercise programs to allow you to carry out strengthening on your own. This treatment can also be beneficial for other painful conditions related to the pelvic floor.