Pelvic physiotherapy including biofeedback appears to be effective in the assessment and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunctions. Based on adequate physiotherapeutic diagnostics including biofeedback a proper patient selection who will benefit most of biofeedback therapy is possible and with the aid of biofeedback consequent pelvic physiotherapy will have a high cure/improvement rate, also long term . To ensure an adequate sequence in pelvic floor muscle training the concept of the 5 ‘F’s, i.e., Find-Feel-Force-Follow-through-Functional training of pelvic floor muscles has been developed and successfully implemented. Only after Finding and Feeling the (hidden) pelvic floor muscles, the 3th ‘F’, i.e., Force (strengthening, more relaxation, endurance, etc.) can be executed. Here biofeedback has a great additional value to the training program, speeding up the recovery process. The challenge for the pelvic physiotherapist is to incorporate functional training in such a way that patients will experience progress of their symptoms as soon as possible. Functional training of pelvic floor muscles means that the pelvic physiotherapist needs to mimic daily life activities and situations in which the patient used to experience pelvic floor problems and now – automatically – is capable to avoid this.
This innovative pelvic physiotherapy program, including biofeedback is a valuable first-line treatment option in the management of patients with pelvic floor dysfunctions.
The aim of this webinar is to provide information and education about the additional value of biofeedback for assessment and therapy of different pelvic floor dysfunctions, when and how to use the different kinds of biofeedback and to discuss what is its place in the chain of diagnostic and therapeutic options of conservative management.