Pelvic Floor and Continence Group

The prevalence of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is clearly underestimated by public opinion, mainly because it is a taboo subject. Even young women are affected, often in sports, but especially after delivery or in old age. From a scientific point of view, physiotherapy is the first line treatment in this field, as its effectiveness has been thoroughly evaluated. In our «Pelvic Floor and Continence Group» we want to further improve and optimize physiotherapy related to SUI. We investigate diagnostic techniques, interventions and therapy plans regarding patient information, perception and movement as well as strengthening of the pelvic floor muscles (PFMs) in isolated contractions and complex whole-body movements. Specifically, we focus on the neuromechanical aspects of PFMs, i.e., the activation and contraction behavior during voluntary and involuntary, reflexive contractions, which are essentially important to guarantee continence.

People

Alumni

  • Bettina Oberli-Peter, PT, BSc
  • Regula Corina Christen, PT, BSc
  • Rebecca Naeff, PT, BSc
  • Anna Zahnd, PT, BSc
  • Cecile Greter, PT, BSc
  • Doris Grünenfelder, PT, BSc
  • Adrian Kiener, BSc Micro- and Medical Technology
  • Silvan Rudaij, BSc Micro- and Medical Technology
  • Lisa Bachmann, PT, BSc
  • Angéline Bardill, PT, BSc
  • Katja Schenk, PT, BSc
  • Karin Minder, PT, BSc
  • Silvie Hügli, PT, BSc
  • Sabrina Thomann, PT, BSc
  • Silvia Graber, PT, MAS
  • Damien Maurer, MSc BioMedEng
  • Noémie Flury, PT, MSc
  • Stefanie Gass, PT, MSc
  • Manuel Kuhn, PT, MSc
  • Anja Schraknepper, PT, MSc
  • Patricia Wassmer, PT, MSc
  • Claudia Balmer, PT, MSc
  • Nadine Christen, PT, BSc
  • Livia Schwertfeger, PT, BSc
  • Valerie Colijn, PT, BSc
  • Lea Spörri Lea, PT, BSc

Collaborations

  • Department of Physiotherapy, University and University Hospital Bern, Switzerland (Martin Verra, PhD)
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University and University Hospital Bern, Switzerland (Annette Kuhn, MD)
  • Lindenhof Group, Women’s Center, Bern, Switzerland (Markus Hübner, MD)
  • Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany (Birgit Schulte-Frei, PhD)
  • BeBo Österreich, Tarrenz, Austria (Julia Wachter, MSc)
  • University of Utah, USA (Janet Shaw, PhD; Robert Hitchcock, PhD)
  • Free University of Brussels, Belgium (Jean-Pierre Baeyens, PhD)

Projects

Publications

Awards

  • Best presentation award in the field of urogynecology, Science Award of AUG (Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Urogynäkologie und Beckenbodenpathologie), St. Gallen, Switzerland, 2019
  • Best poster award: Pelvisuisse Symposium, Winterthur, Switzerland, 2017
  • Outstanding presentation award: lnternational Organization of Physical Therapists in Women's Health (IOPTWH), World Confederation for Physical Therapy, World Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, 2017
  • Outstanding presentation award: lnternational Organization of Physical Therapists in Women's Health (IOPTWH), World Confederation for Physical Therapy, World Congress, Singapore, Republic of Singapore, 2015
  • Best poster award: Pelvisuisse Symposium, Winterthur, Switzerland, 2015
  • Best poster award: Pelvisuisse Symposium, Winterthur, Switzerland, 2014
  • Best poster award: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gynäkologie und Geburtshilfe, Hamburg, Germany, 2008
  • Best presentation award: PhysioSwiss Congress, St. Gallen, Switzerland, 2008