Fox Valley Physical Therapy and Wellness is one of the only clinics in the Fox Valley area to offer Biofeedback for pediatric floor dysfunction. Our clinicians take time to educate you on this unique and effective technique in a safe and nurturing environment. Additionally, we have in-house nutritional counseling and pediatric occupational therapists with whom we can collaborate to create a comprehensive solution for you and your child.
Pelvic floor dysfunction can occur in anyone, but in children, it can affect quality of life and self-esteem. Untreated pelvic floor dysfunction can lead to constipation, incontinence, and bedwetting.
What is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction? The pelvic floor is comprised of a group of muscles and other tissues that attach to the front, back and sides of the pelvic bone forming a sling to support the organs in the pelvis. These muscles control bladder and bowel functioning. When these muscles are weak, spasm or do not work properly, bowel and bladder dysfunction can occur.
If your child has any of the following symptoms, they may be a candidate for Biofeedback:
- Urinary incontinence (loss of urine)
- Urinary urgency (constant/strong need to urinate)
- Urinary frequency (urinating over 8 times in a 24-hour period)
- Urinary retention (not fully emptying bladder)
- Urinary pain
- Fecal urgency (constant/strong need to defecate)
- Fecal frequency
- Fecal retention (not fully emptying bowels)
- Bowel incontinence (defecation leakage)
- Defecation pain
- Diarrhea with/without soiling/staining
- Excessive gas
- Abdominal bloating
How does Biofeedback Work? The patient will be connected to the biofeedback monitor via one externally placed sticker. The child will then be asked to “contract,” “relax,” and “bulge” their pelvic floor. They will view the biofeedback screen and receive immediate feedback as to whether or not they have activated the correct muscles. This immediate feedback helps the child regain control of his or her pelvic floor. For constipation issues, biofeedback can also help by teaching the child how to relax and lengthen the pelvic floor to allow stool to pass easily. Children actually enjoy receiving immediate feedback on the biofeedback screen thus confirming they are activating the correct muscles.
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Our team of therapists provides clinical expertise to thoroughly evaluate and diagnose the problem behind the symptoms.
Our therapists offer their clinical expertise to thoroughly evaluate and diagnose the problem behind the symptoms.