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Mars Clinic Physiotherapists present scientific paper at National Physiotherapy Conference

January 4, 2016

Physiotherapists from the Mars Clinic have presented a scientific paper at the Australian Physiotherapy Assocation’s National Conference, in partnership with colleagues at the Lady Cilento Children’s Conference.

Opportunity to present at a National Conference is recognition of the work that The Mars Clinic team are doing that is leading the field of assessment and treatment of children’s bladder and bowel problems. This paper presented the findings of a formal academic study that we undertook to determine and measure the benefit of using a computer game-based treatment method for children with bowel problems. We followed 36 children over four years. We found that 92% of our children had improvement with the treatment.

Well done to our physiotherapists, Siona Hardy and Steph Hart for their work in undertaking this study and spreading the news of the benefits of this innovative type of treatment.

Interactive computer game-based biofeedback in childhood functional outlet obstruction.

Burgess C2, Bradley T2, Hardy S1, Hart S1, Connor F2

1Mars Clinic – Children’s Continence Clinic, South Brisbane.

2Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. South Brisbane.

Purpose: Is physiotherapy-directed use of a computer game-based biofeedback system a useful adjunct in the treatment of functional outlet obstruction (dyssynergic defecation)?

Results & Conclusions: Statistically significant (p < 0.05) improvements were observed in episodes of soiling, voiding pattern flow rates and quality of life scores when comparing pre-treatment and post-treatment subjective and objective measures. Physiotherapy-directed use of a computer game-based biofeedback system is demonstrated to be a useful adjunct to standard therapy in the management of functional outlet obstruction.

Abstract Presentations: Presented at the Australian Physiotherapy Association National Conference, Gold Coast, October 2015.