Handheld biofeedback devices to enhance pelvic floor muscle training
In recent years, there has been an increase in the number and variety of devices that utilize biofeedback to monitor pelvic floor muscle (PFM) function, and as an adjunct to PFM training. The goal of this paper is to provide an overview of the handheld biofeedback units that are available in the UK. This subgroup is of particular interest because of the relatively low prices of such devices, and the wide availability of these to the public for direct purchase and home use. The author offers her personal analysis of and insights into the modes of operation, points of difference and clinical applications of these units. Research and development in this field is discussed, and reflections on how POGP members might continue to lead in the use of this modality are presented.
Keywords: biofeedback, medical devices, pelvic floor muscle training.