Children’s Urology is the only specialty pediatric group in Central Texas offering comprehensive pelvic floor therapy for voiding dysfunction.
What is Pelvic Floor Therapy?
When children do not void (use the bathroom properly) and hold their urine for long periods of time, leakage of urine, pain with urination and recurrent urinary tract infections can occur.
Pelvic floor therapy helps train children in proper toileting techniques. The use of animated computer games helps children to understand which pelvic floor muscles they are using and when they should use them.
What to Expect
Here’s what happens:
- Specialists attach electrodes to the child’s leg and stomach muscles.
- The child is asked to tighten and relax these muscles. These movements are monitored by the video game.
- Points are awarded every time the child successfully relaxes or tightens his or her muscles.
Pelvic floor therapy is part of a comprehensive approach for treating voiding dysfunction. It is always combined with behavior modification, such as timed bathroom scheduling, dietary changes to avoid bladder irritants and constipation treatment, a common problem for children with voiding problems.
Medication may also be a part of the treatment plan, however, our goal is to improve bladder function and eliminate the need for medication.
Typically, children will have one session a week for four weeks. After one month, our doctors will evaluate your child’s progress and send you home with specific exercises and other pertinent material.
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