\nUrinary Incontinence continues to be a major driver of progression of care worldwide. Although the direct cost tend to keep it down on the overall priority list the understanding of the rising indirect cost have caused a increasing awareness. With the continued aging of the worlds population the need to manage urinary and fecal incontinence and their sequale has become a focus of product development. The ability of a patient to stay as independent as possible is key to quality of life and cost containment. We will look at innovations in technology that offer a means of patient independence in the management of continence care.\n
\nSurface EMG biofeedback is often used as a stand-alone tool for assessment and training of pelvic floor muscles. However, biofeedback can also be used during dynamic activities to strengthen the core along with pelvic floor musculature. Neuromuscular re-education of the core and pelvic floor can be facilitated while children are using play-based and functional positioning to help carry over into daily routines.
\nOver the last 5 years there has been a significant increase in the use of new technology in healthcare – in the pelvic floor arena this has been particularly in the form of smart phone apps. This presentation will include a review of how the use of new technology can aid the rehabilitation of pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. It will consider the clinical evidence supporting relevant technologies and how these may be implemented into clinical practice or self-care strategies. A range of therapeutic scenarios will be considered including urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence, obstructed defaecation and pelvic pain.