Pelvic Muscle Rehabilitation
What is Pelvic Muscle Rehabilitation (PMR)?
Pelvic Muscle Rehabilitation (PMR) is a non-surgical therapy to eliminate or reduce symptoms of pelvic floor disorders. These disorders include overactive bladder, urgency, frequency, nocturia, incontinence, IC, and pelvic floor spasm/pelvic pain syndrome. The purpose is to improve your quality of life.
What does PMR involve?
Generally, a PMR visit takes about 20-30 minutes. Your pelvic floor will be evaluated and recommendations will be given. This will also include home exercise recommendations. An EMG (electromyography) graphs the electrical activity of a muscle and gives useful information about muscle activity and timing. This usually involves skin and vaginal sensors. Manometry assesses and records pressure and is performed to evaluate strength and fatigue. This involves small vaginal or anal balloons. Applying neuromuscular electrical stimulation to the pelvic floor muscles produces a reflex contraction, which improves recruitment of pelvic muscle fibers. This increases the proportion of fast twitch fibers and the number and strength of slow twitch fibers.
How fast will I have results?
Results are very individual depending on a number of factors, such as age, degree of problem, how weak the muscles are, if you have a spasm, and how involved you are in the home exercises. Your physician or nurse practitioner will update you on your progress, while you are reporting any symptom improvement.
Call our office today or contact us online to make an appointment to discuss your concerns. 269-372-7600