Traditional treatments for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) assume weak pelvic tissue as the cause. Pelvic floor muscle training has been shown to improve POP symptoms but not prolapse stage and does not reduce rates of referral for future treatment (eg, pessary or surgery). An alternative hypothesis is proposed that excessive tissue stiffness causes tension and pulling, which disrupts pelvic organ arrangement.
Treating pelvic tissue stiffness through Biotensegrity Focused Therapy is anticipated to improve organ position and prolapse symptoms.
Nonrandomized prospective clinical case series.
Women presenting to a private physiotherapy practice in the United Kingdom with POP received Biotensegrity Focused Therapy. Treatment included a series of 1-hour physiotherapy sessions focusing on identifying areas of stiff pelvic tissue and using a direct myofascial release technique to normalize elasticity to restore dynamic equilibrium within the pelvis. Prolapse grade (mild, moderate, severe), pelvic floor strength (Modified Oxford Grading Scale), and self-reported symptoms (Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory, PFDI-20) were assessed at baseline and after final treatment.
Thirty-three women received treatment. At baseline, 23 of 33 (70%) women presented with moderate to severe prolapse. After final treatment, 3 of 33 (9%) women had moderate prolapse and 0 of 33 (0%) women had severe prolapse. A total of 12 of 33 (36%) women achieved complete recovery of organ position and shape. A total of 27 of 33 (81.82%) women improved by at least 1 prolapse stage. Pelvic floor strength improved from mean: 1.28 (SD: 0.85) at baseline to 3.33 (SD: 0.78) after final treatment. Self-reported PFDI-20 scores corroborated clinical observations, reducing from mean: 98.77 (SD: 42.43) at baseline to 49.87 (SD: 27.28) after final treatment, suggesting a clinically meaningful improvement. Mean treatment received was 6.06 (SD: 2.28) sessions over a duration of 4.39 (SD: 2.46) months.
Biotensegrity Focused Therapy was shown to have a beneficial impact on organ position and prolapse symptoms and may be an appropriate treatment for women with POP.