Biofeedback or electrostimulation, these 2 pelvic floor re-education techniques deserve an honest description. It is important to help you decide which one is the most convenient for you!
Ready for a little overview of the pelvic floor? Be prepared, it is going to be mind-blowing!
A common goal: strengthen the pelvic floor and reduce incontinence
Biofeedback and electrostimulation are 2 curing technologies used by health professionals. The good news is that after seeing a practitioner, women can continue to train their pelvic floor at home!
In the case of biofeedback, the principle is to train this internal muscle in the same way than you would do it with your abs. Via a smartphone, you can see in real time the voluntary contractions of your pelvic floor.
You probably got it, biofeedback is a sporty and natural solution, because you are training your pelvic floor by yourself. The biofeedback trainers act like captors of your contractions to give you a feedback of your progress. You are the one working and learning to control your muscles.
To summarize, biofeedback is a powerful tool which improves and strengthens your brain-body connection when you learn to use it.
Are you okay for now? Are you still following me?
And so, what is the difference with electrostimulation?
In the case of electrostimulation, the technology is based on little electrical currents which stimulate your pelvic floor. You have no efforts to do, here it is the device that works, and you are passive.
From these definitions, I will deliver 2 common points, and the upsides and downsides of these 2 devices.
Biofeedback and electrostimulation: 2 complementary techniques
The pelvic electrostimulation can be the gateway to biofeedback. This technique can be useful if you don’t feel your pelvic floor or you don’t know how to contract it.
Varying the intensity of the electric current makes it possible to workout the pelvic floor in different ways. According to the chosen program, you work on the different types of incontinence.
Once you feel your pelvic floor enough to contract it by yourself, you can change it for biofeedback.
If you already know how to contract it, you can use biofeedback right away.
The upsides and downsides of the 2 solutions – electrostimulation and biofeedback
Both techniques take time:
The duration of an electrostimulation session at home depends on the chosen program. It goes from 20 to 60 minutes on average (not more than 2 sessions a day).
Biofeedback sessions take from 5 to 15 minutes.
Both techniques must be used in the long term:
For biofeedback just like for electrostimulation, you should consider a minimum of 6 to 12 sessions to observe the first results. For particularly complex situations, the number of sessions can increase significantly. One of the problems for the pelvic floor rehabilitation is the diligence to follow it, as it is often said to be unpleasant and boring.
Thanks to innovations in biofeedback, it is possible to stay motivated. You can visualize your progress, contractions, and be “coached” thanks to personalized programs directly on your smartphone.
Even though biofeedback and electrostimulation are used by health professionals, it is possible that these technologies don’t correspond to you.
Biofeedback and electrostimulation could be inadequate to your situation.
You do not feel your pelvic floor and don’t know how to contract it? It is maybe too toned and too tight? You maybe suffer from mental disorder or severe depression? The best thing to do is to ask a health professional to find the most adapted solution.
To conclude, biofeedback or electrostimulation must be chosen according to your situation and your morphology. Do not hesitate to ask a health professional who will know how to help you.
Take care of you… and of your pelvic floor!