Pelvic muscle rehabilitation has been used in the treatment of stress and urge urinary incontinence for many years. This article reviews the anatomy of the female pelvic floor and its role in the maintenance of continence. The purpose and goals of pelvic muscle rehabilitation are reviewed, and implications for future applications and research are discussed.
Reprint requests: Mary H. Palmer, PhD, RNC, FAAN, 7 Trotters Ridge Ct., Catonsville, MD 21228-5339.
This article was presented at the WOCN Annual Conference, June 17, 1996, Seattle, Washington, while Dr. Palmer was a Senior Staff Fellow at the National Institute of Nursing Research. It does not reflect the policies or opinion of The National Institute of Nursing Research.
Copyright © 1997 by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society