More than 50% of nursing home admissions are related to loss of bladder control.
And yet very few women do anything to prevent it. How can this be? Well for starters we have to acknowledge that we have done a poor job educating the public, women and men, about the relevance of pelvic floor fitness. Aside from the occasional suggestion to “do you Kegels” nobody hears anything about the pelvic floor. The demographics are really alarming:
Between 1900 and 2000, the total US population increased 3-fold, but the population of people >= 65 yr increased > 10-fold. With aging, the percentage of elderly people who live at home but need assistance or who live in a nursing home increases markedly to 56% of women and 38% of men >= 85. UK figures are similar in percentage.
As the baby boomers reach the “golden years” (starting 2011) the prevalence of pelvic floor disorders (urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse) will increase dramatically along with the cost of medical services to treat these problems.. Although the hour is already late we can do something now to begin to mitigate this morbid prediction.
It is a two step process: First we must educate the public as to the nature of pelvic floor disorders, i.e. these are neuromuscular problems, and second we must provide a practical means to improving the performance of this specific neuromuscular system, i.e. achieve pelvic floor conditioning.
This was the motivation behind the creation of the Pfilates program; a plyometric exercise program specifically created to improve pelvic floor strength, endurance, and coordination. Admittedly this is only a start. Tell someone you know:
1. Pelvic floor fitness is a relevant health concern
2. Pelvic floor fitness requires a specific conditioning program such as Pfilates
The pfilates program has been clinically trialled and is proven to work. This simple yet effective program is set to save nursing homes millions of pounds and at the same time offering a gentle solution to offering the patients their dignity back.
The program is suitable for men and women and doesn’t just stop at nursing homes, this course is perfect for women who are preparing for pregnancy, during pregnancy and after delivery.
At some stage we all face those ’embarrassing bodies’ moment. Incontinence, sexual dysfunction, pelvic organ prolapse doesn’t need to be part of this when the pfilates program is applied. It is a gentle series of exercises which any age group can use.
Dr Bruce Crawford a key opinion leader in the USA and a practicing Urogynaecologist design and successfully trialled this course.
We are happy to say that Dr Bruce Crawford will be holding Pfilates Instructor courses in the UK in June, sponsored by C&G Medicare Ltd (more information can be found at www.candgmedicare.com)
Are you a care home worker, midwife, physiotherapist or are in the medical profession and wish to offer your patients the best solution in helping them with their pelvic floor function to enable then a better quality of life than this course of Pfilates Instructor is for you.