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How does biofeedback help with urinary incontinence?

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Biofeedback therapy can help people who have trouble controlling the urge to use the bathroom. Biofeedback can help women find and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles that control bladder emptying. After several sessions of biofeedback, women with incontinence may be able to reduce their urgent need to urinate and the number of accidents they have. Biofeedback can also help children who wet the bed, as well as people with fecal incontinence (the inability to control bowel movements). Unlike drugs used to treat incontinence, biofeedback doesn't tend to cause side effects.

From: Overview of Biofeedback WebMD Medical Reference

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University of Maryland Medical Center: "Biofeedback."

American Headache Society: "Biofeedback and Relaxation Training for Headaches."

UCSF Medical Center: "Biofeedback for Incontinence."

Glick, R.M. , March 2010. Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice

Palermo, T.M. , March 2010. Pain

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Nicholson, R.A. , November 2010. Current Treatment Options in Neurology

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 2, 2018

SOURCES:

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Biofeedback."

American Headache Society: "Biofeedback and Relaxation Training for Headaches."

UCSF Medical Center: "Biofeedback for Incontinence."

Glick, R.M. , March 2010. Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice

Palermo, T.M. , March 2010. Pain

Morone, N.E. , May-June 2007. Pain Medicine

Nicholson, R.A. , November 2010. Current Treatment Options in Neurology

“NIH Consensus and State-of-the-Art Science Statements,” December 2007.

Wang, S.Z. , October 2010. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

Greenhalgh J. , April 2010. Journal of Hypertension

Moravec, C.S. , March 2008. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 2, 2018

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