Helping children gain control of bowel and bladder issues
Innovative Services NW Pediatric Therapy has developed a child friendly program specially designed to address your child’s bowel or bladder dysfunction.
The Pelvic Floor
Bladder and bowel dysfunction not only affects the child struggling with these issues but also impacts the family, influences activities and social events that the child can participate in, and affects self-esteem. The systems that control our bowel and bladder mature around four years of age. Difficulty with daytime or nighttime control after four can be the result of many different interacting factors. Bladder dysfunction includes daytime or nighttime loss of control after 5 years of age. Bowel dysfunction includes constipation, staining or soiling underwear after 5 years of age.
The Pelvic Floor Therapy Program is designed for youth 5-18 years old with bowel and/or bladder dysfunction as the primary diagnosis. Treatment is designed for 1-2 times a week for 6-8 weeks. A referral from the doctor is required with a prescription of Physical Therapy evaluation and treatment with a pelvic floor related diagnosis. We will bill insurance, however, this may not be a covered service for all carriers.
Our program is a multifaceted approach that includes:
- Education: The child is educated about pelvic floor issues with a coloring book explaining how these systems work and interact.
- Nutrition: The child’s diet is examined to identify food that may be irritating to their bowel and/or bladder, making it difficult for them to control these systems.
- Exercises: The child is taught specific exercises targeting the pelvic floor muscles. An exercise band and ball are provided to the child for home exercises.
- Biofeedback: Small electrodes are placed externally that detect muscle activity and transfer this activity to the computer so kids can see what muscles they are using.
- Physiological Quieting: The child is taught relaxation and breathing techniques that can help with successful bowel and bladder control.
- Celebrating success: Reward charts are also used so children can chart their progress.