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Biofeedback & Bowel Disorders: Teaching Yourself to Live without the Problem

Biofeedback is a neuromuscular reeducation tool we can use to tell if certain processes in our bodies are working correctly. It is a painless process that uses a computer and a video monitor to display bodily functions that we usually are not aware of. Special sensors measure these functions, which are displayed as sounds we can hear, or as linegraphs we can see on a computer screen. A therapist helps us use this displayed information to modify or change abnormal responses to more normal patterns such as increasing a response, decreasing a response, or learning to coordinate two responses more effectively.

Topics: Bowel urgency, CAM, Complementary & Alternative Treatments, Constipation, difficult to pass stools, Diarrhea, loose stools, Fact Sheet, Incontinence, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Lower Abdominal Pain, Pelvic Pain, Pelvic floor disorders

About the Authors

  • Mary K. Plummer, OTR, BCIA-PMBD

    The Aurora Women's Pavilion's Center for Continence and Pelvic Floor Disorders, Milwaukee, WI

  • Jeanette Tries, PhD, OTR

    Director of Biofeedback Services, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, Aurora Sinai Samaritan Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI, St. Joseph's Hospital, Milwaukee, WI; President, Clinic for Neurophysiological Learning, Milwaukee, WI

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