The Best Evidence Based Concepts of Pelvic Floor Muscle Training

Workshop 6

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James Ashton-miller


Chantale L Dumoulin


Janis Miriam Miller


Kari Bø


Kari Bø

Aims & Objectives

90 minutes
Pure and Applied Science / Translational
pelvic floor muscle training mechanisms evidence
Conservative Management

Pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) has level 1 evidence and recommendation A to be first line treatment for female stress and mixed urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. However, there are many concepts of PFMT that has shown to be effective. In addition, there are some suggestions that the PFM can be activated via other muscles groups or breathing instead of or in addition to direct activation of the targeted muscle group. In this workshop we will present the mechanisms of action for PFMT in light of basic knowledge from functional anatomy, biomechanics, exercise science and randomised controlled trials to enhance the understanding of how and why PFMT is working and highlight exercise protocols that have shown to be effective.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the anatomical, biomechanical and exercise science rationale for effective pelvic floor muscle training in treatment of stress-and mixed urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse
  • Be updated on the latest systematic reviews and meta-analyses of randomised controlled trials of pelvic floor muscle training for stress-and mixed urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse
  • Understand the difference between hypotheses/postulates/statements and evidence from randomised controlled trials