Pelvic floor problems, incontinence and bladder weakness
It's more common than you think
And it can affect both men and women
Like any muscle, those of the pelvic floor can be damaged or weakened, leading to problems such as incontinence, pain and other problems - for both men and women.
In men, this can occur after prostate surgery. For women this is most commonly related to pregnancy, childbirth and menopause. Pelvic floor muscles can also be damaged or weakened by heavy lifting, high impact exercise, spinal injury, age or obesity.
But the issues can be addressed by seeing a Physiotherapist with the right skills.
At Focus Health we have Physiotherapist Jolene Smith who specialises in the treatment of the pelvic floor and works from our Royston Clinic in Hastings and our Onekawa Clinic in Napier.
One of the specialised tools she uses for assessment and treatment is computerised biofeedback.
What is computerised biofeedback?
Computerised biofeedback shows an on-screen graphical representation of what your pelvic floor muscles are doing - in real time. Here's what it looks like.
Because pelvic floor muscles don’t move any limbs, patients find them difficult to isolate and train. Computerised biofeedback can determine if the pelvic floor is working correctly, measure the strength of the contraction and track the progress of strengthening - objectively and accurately.
Research shows that biofeedback significantly improves treatment outcome.
The initial assessment is for one hour and will include a thorough assessment of the pelvic floor function to establish what is required for treatment of the presenting symptoms.