New advanced biofeedback therapy machine for Leeds Children's Hospital
9 August 2017
An advanced biofeedback therapy machine, which uses computer game technology to help build muscle control in youngsters with certain bladder function disorders, has been presented to Leeds Children's Hospital as a result of a fundraising drive.
£2600 was raised thanks to an anonymous donor, with a further £10,000 being committed by the Leeds Children's Hospital Appeal to purchase the equipment, which is a first for Leeds.
The new equipment is especially child-friendly, utilising clever technology which allows children to play a series of interactive computer games using sensors connected to their pelvic floor muscles - vital for successful bladder function.
The games are a fun way to help children learn which muscles they should use to succeed at each challenge, which in turn are the same ones that help bladder control.
Typically children from as young as seven can benefit, attending series of hospital sessions as part of a programme which also includes pelvic floor muscle exercises at home too. Early results using the equipment have been very positive, with one little girl demonstrating improved results after only one session.
Incontinence linked to difficulties controlling the pelvic floor is a distressing condition for young people and their families, and can have a dramatic effect on a child's everyday life, affecting education, play and social activities, so it is vitally important to treat it early. The computer games provide a fun, non-invasive way of retraining the muscles to solve the problem.
Mr Ram Subramaniam, Consultant Paediatric Urologist from the Leeds Children’s Hospital, commented: "I'd like to say a huge thank you for the generosity and support of the donor, as well as Mr Edward Ziff from the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Foundation for agreeing to top up the funds from the Leeds Children's Hospital Appeal. This equipment is already making a difference and will help transform the lives of many children in Leeds and across our region."
Dean Royles, our Director of HR, ‘had a go’ on the machine, using contractions of his hand muscles to control a character on screen. Dee Hardwick from Laborie Medical Technologies, the makers of the device, was present to show how the device works and explain its benefits.
It is hoped a full nurse-led service will be developed within the Leeds Children's Hospital in the future.