Biofeedback Program

Biofeedback is a type of therapy used in pediatric urology. Biofeedback electronics help your child learn about their body.

The Biofeedback Program teaches your child how to relax the muscles used during urination. When children are unable to relax these muscles during urination, it may lead to problems that include urinary incontinence, urinary tract infections and voiding dysfunction.

During the biofeedback sessions, your child watches their muscle activity on a computer screen. This makes it easier to learn to control these muscles.

Biofeedback helps your child better understand how these muscles work and how to control them in a healthy way.

What happens during the session?

During each one-hour session, the specially trained registered nurse teaches your child how to how to find the muscles for urination, practice relaxing these muscles, and then play games using these muscles.

Special stickers (EMG patches) are placed on your child’s abdomen and buttocks. These patches measure muscle activity, which shows on the computer screen.

  • When your child’s muscles are tight, the computer readings are higher.
  • Likewise, when your child’s muscles are relaxed, the readings are lower.

Your child will be fully clothed during the session and sit in a relaxed setting, lying back in a chair.

You and your child will learn about the Elimination Program at earlier visits with your child’s provider. This will be reviewed during a part of each session.

How long is the program?

Typically, muscle relaxation is learned in about eight one-hour sessions. Most of the muscle relaxation is learned at home by practicing every day.

Progress in the program is checked at each session. Your child is given five-minute exercises to finish many times a day at home.

The Biofeedback Program must be practiced every day at home in order for your child to be successful. Some children might need additional sessions.

Once your child completes the program, they will be scheduled for four refresher sessions throughout the next calendar year.

How parents can help

Parents or guardians are very important coaches at home.

  • It is important to help your child with each part of the program from the Pediatric Elimination Program, to finishing their exercises, and giving your child support.

We ask both parent/guardians be at your child’s first biofeedback session if possible.

  • The first session sets the foundation of the program and expectations for success.
  • Please try to make other arrangements for your child’s siblings during all sessions. Siblings can be very distracting.

Find a Provider

Providers available for this service:


Mercyhealth Hypospadias and Urology Reconstructive Center

8201 E. Riverside Blvd.
Rockford, IL 61114

Phone: (815) 971-7667
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