If incontinence and other bladder problems disrupt your life, the experts at Wellmont Health System provide comprehensive urological services, including bladder training and pelvic floor therapy.
Pelvic floor therapy is a non-surgical method for treating incontinence, problems with urgency, pelvic pain and other issues. A physician will instruct you on how to isolate and exercise your pelvic muscles so they can become stronger and more effective.
Biofeedback sessions are also offered, where a computer recorder allows you to immediately see your pelvic muscles in action as you complete pelvic floor exercises. The computer's sensors can also provide small electric energy bursts to further stimulate and strengthen your muscles.
Incontinence affects women of all ages, with all types of medical histories. Sometimes, bladder sling surgery can help. But to avoid the inherent risks of surgery, pelvic floor therapy is a successful alternative.
Additionally, pelvic floor therapy and biofeedback have similar success rates as bladder sling surgery. In six to eight sessions, the therapy can help alleviate any problems you have with leaking, urgency or stress incontinence.
Before an appointment, plan to wear comfortable clothing and bring any medications or feminine products you use, especially absorbent pads. Typical gynecology exams and initial pelvic floor therapy sessions last an hour or more, including time for scans and other tests. Follow-up pelvic floor therapy sessions last 30 minutes or less.
If you have questions about Wellmont's women's health services, please contact us.
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