ANALYSIS OF THE CONTRACTION OF THE PUBOVISCERAL MUSCLE BASED ON A COMPUTATIONAL MODEL

  • Thuane da Roza
  • Maíta Poli de Araújo
  • Teresa Mascarenhas
  • Joana Loureiro
  • Marco Parente
  • Renato Natal Jorge
Keywords: Pelvic Floor, Finite element method, Biomechanics

Abstract

The Pelvic Floor (PF) is a set of soft parts that close the pelvis. Its function is related with the support and suspension of the pelvic organs maintaining urinary and fecal continence. When the pelvic floor muscles (PFM) are not strengthened, pelvic dysfunctions may appear. The strengthening exercises are performed through contraction of the PF, which are the basis of physiotherapy treatment. The aim of this study is to build the pelvic floor muscle, through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and simulate through the finite element method the contraction in an athlete that practices synchronized swimming. The present work shows a methodology that can be applied in the pelvic floor biomechanics.