Pelvic floor rehabilitation: Physiotherapeutic treatment in the pelvic and intimate area

Pelvic floor rehabilitation is a conservative form of therapy.

A team of physiotherapists with specific further training carries out the therapy. It is indicated for the following complaints:

  • Involuntary loss of urine when coughing/lifting weights, running etc. (stress incontinence)
  • Overactive bladder with the urge to urinate frequently (urge incontinence)
  • Organ prolapse (bladder, uterus, bowel)
  • Pain in the genital area
  • Before an incontinence operation

What does the treatment involve?

Diagnostics and examination

  • Description of the complaints by the patient
  • Assessment of the pelvic floor muscles by palpation vaginally, on the perineum or anally with the patient’s consent

Information and advice

  • Inform about the content of the therapy
  • Agreeing goals
  • Inform about the position and function of the pelvic floor as part of the abdominal cavity
  • Advice on skin protection and hygiene measures
  • Handing out information sheets

Training in pelvic floor awareness and correct activation

  • Perception training
  • Feel your own muscle tension by touching the perineum
  • Additional equipment such as electrostimulation (ES) and biofeedback (BFB) are available as a learning aid and/or to support the training of very weak pelvic floor muscles.
  • Electrotherapy for pain

Developing/adapting helpful behavior

  • Determine your own drinking and toilet behavior with the help of a diary
  • Trying out strategies such as postponing toilet visits if the urge is (too) frequent
  • Dealing with stressful situations such as coughing, lifting loads and sporting activities
  • Checking and adjusting posture when urinating and defecating
  • Instruction in relieving positions for the pelvic floor
  • Instructing helpful strategies for dealing with pain

Targeted strengthening and training of the pelvic floor

Training in various starting positions and in everyday situations, guiding a home exercise program

For patients

The therapy services are primarily available to patients of the USZ. The prescription for the therapy is issued and sent by your doctor. If you have a prescription from an external doctor, please send it to us.

For referrer

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Tel. +41 44 255 24 98

University Hospital Zurich
Therapy NORD
Frauenklinikstrasse 10
8091 Zurich

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