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What is Estim?

Estim is known under a few descriptions, Erotic Stimulation, Erotic Electro Stimulation and Electric Stimulation.

Depending what your needs are there are plenty of devices to chose from and it is always best to discuss the types of devices with your medical advisor prior to investing.

Estim is also known as EMS Electrical muscle stimulation or neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES)

What ever you chose to call it or which ever product you decide to use all of them come down to one thing, which is forcing the of muscles to contract through electric impulses.

Women with weak pelvic floor muscles may see this as an easy option for pelvic floor exercising, but  with every good idea there is always a down side, which is why it is so important to discuss any alternative pelvic floor therapy with your medical advisor and physiotherapist. Over use of an electrical stimulation on muscles and cause over tightening of the muscles which can lead to fatigue.

Using Estim with a physiotherapist.

The physiotherapist may place electrodes on the skin in various locations or insert a probe into the vagina to be able to stimulate a single or group of muslces.

These controled contractions via electrical stimulation helps strengthen the affected muscles. The physiotherapist can chnage the settings to allow for a strong or gentle muscle contraction. Along with increasing muscle strength, the contraction of the muscle also promotes blood supply to the area that assists in healing.

EMS machines can be beneficial as a strengthening training device towards healthy muscles and ligaments. It can also be used effectively as a rehabilitation method in patients that have little or no sensation of the muscles.

The machines used in physiotherapy practises are more powerful and tend to reach deeper into the muscle mass than the home devices.

There are several types of EMS devices and are used in different ways but all end up with the same purpose: to contract and stimulate muscles through the delivery of electrical impulses.

EMS can be particularly helpful for stroke patients.

For more information about EMS, Estim and other muscle rehabilitation products please see the specialists www.win-health.com

Dribbly women don’t dance – incontinence and exercise.

Dribbly women don’t dance – incontinence and exercise by Elaine Miller physiotherapist

 If you are reading this you are not my audience.  Sorry.  The fact that you are reading something to do with incontinence suggests that you already have an understanding about the condition, are comfortable getting information about it, and are keen to learn more. So, you either are, or, will be, alright.

The people I fret about are the millions of women who are living with their leaking and not yet seeking help.  They just put up with having poor bladder control, pad up, and feel a bit disappointed.

Well, I say “feel a bit disappointed”.  In fact is that a third of them go on to develop clinical depression.  Of course, exercise is commonly recommended for managing mood disorders – but, if you leak when you run, well, you’re not going to go for a run, are you?

And, therein lies the huge public health rub.

Diseases of inactivity, like coronary heart disease, kill women.  One in eight UK women die from heart disease.  Exercise isn’t just about being able to keep up with the kids, or beating the blue, it’ll keep us alive.

But, speaking as someone who peed herself during zumba…it is very difficult to be physically active and avoid impact on your pelvic floor.

When I rule the world, some pieces of gym equipment will carry “pelvic floor warning” signs.  Rowing machines, reclining bikes, a loaded leg press – yep, wouldn’t want anyone with a prolapse on those things.  Oh, or trampolines, those things can have a label on them.  And, the plank, star jumps, tennis, lunges, I could go on.

In fact, I’d force incontinence pad manufacturers to print pelvic health advice on their packaging.  And, while we’re at it, they can fix that awful glue which comes unstuck and allows the pad to attach itself to your labia instead of your gusset…ouch.

So, we’ve got a classic Catch 22.  In order to reduce your risk of pelvic organ prolapse and your symptoms of stress incontinence you need to keep your weight under control.  But, you wet yourself at zumba, so aren’t keen…

Pelvic floor friendly exercises have reduced impact forces – like swimming, cycling, pilates (when it’s well taught and you are absolutely sure your technique is good), speed/power/Nordic pole/hill walking, aqua-aerobics and low-intensity cross trainers.

However, runners?  They wanna run, not walk, they want to run. That’s when internal support can be helpful, Sherrie Palm (she knows everything there is to know about pelvic floors) says that pessaries like incostress should be used when a woman is participating in acvities with impact.

Now, that does not mean that you can shove in a grade 4 prolapse with an incostress and get back to athletics training…but, it does mean that if you have a mild prolapse, or mild stress incontinence symptoms, and you are complying with a pelvic floor strengthening regime which your physiotherapist has given you, AND you use internal support – well, you just might manage to get back to zumba.

Ask me how I know.

Credited to  Elaine Miller Gussie Grippers

Elaine Miller on of the UKs leading physiotherapists who has a post-grad in sports medicine. She focuses her energy on helping women overcome pelvic floor disorders and incontinence and breaks down the taboo through her humour and pelvic floor parties where she has a one hour solo show entitled ‘Gusset Grippers’. Look out for Gusset Grippers at Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August. An amazing lady who fears no pelvic floor!

Find out more about Gusset Grippers on the Gusset Grippers website 

Elaine’s blog and more information on where to see Elaine at the Edinburgh Festival

Pelvic Organ Prolapse and why you need to educate yourself

Sherrie Palm author of the award winning book Pelvic Organ Prolapse the silent epidemic

Sherrie Palm is a public speaker, women’s advocate for pelvic organ prolapse and founder of APOPS, (Association for Pelvic Organ Prolapse Support) through the organisation (non-profit) the team of experts Sherrie has appointed help raise the awareness and offer invaluable advice to women who suffer POP.

The European arm of APOPS bridges the gap between patient and doctor or physiotherapist. When a woman is so desperate, and embarrassed that she either feels part of her insides falling down or even worse in some cases the insides fall out through the vagina, these women feel they have nowhere to turn. APOPS provides them with guidance, information and a contact who specialises in this area within the patients postcode area.

For more information about APOPS and pelvic organ prolapse visit www. pelvicorganprolapsesupport.org 

or www.incostress.com

About Pelvic Organ Prolapse the silent epidemic

An award winning fantastic book which gives women down to earh plain speaking advice, diagnosis and how to deal with Pelvic organ prolapse.

Pelvic organ prolapse is an extremely common female health issue that ALL WOMEN need to know about. Symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) can be confused and mistaken for other health conditions. Symptoms of POP are:

pelvic/back/vaginal/rectal pain
Urinary or fecal incontinence
pain with intercourse
chronic constipation
lack of sexual sensation
vaginal/rectal pressure

and many others.

Vaginal childbirth and menopause are the two leading causes of POP. Unfortunately, most women first hear about pelvic organ prolapse AFTER they are diagnosed with POP.

If you suffer from any of the above symptoms, you may be suffering from a cystocele, rectocele, or type of POP and should talk with your physician about pelvic organ prolapse now.

Our goal is to increase awareness and recognition of POP symptoms, causes, and treatments. Pelvic organ prolapse impacts millions of women around the world physically, emotionally, socially, sexually, and financially. We need to increase POP awareness; we need to increase it now.

Book Details

Hardcover Book, 148 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1606939653
ISBN-13: 9781606939659
Dimensions: 9.00 x 6.00 x 0.50 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.86 lbs

Scotts & Co have been great supporters of Sherries book, helping raise the awareness of this treatable condition.

Order your copy of pelvic organ prolapse via vivadirect click here to go straight to the catalogue

Which type of incontinence do you have?

This survey is designed to help you and your doctor determine what type of incontinence you are experiencing. No personal information such as email address, names etc. This survey is for you to fill out and print off to take to your doctor to help you.
Click here to take survey

For more information on incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse visit http://www.incostress.com

 Which type of incontinence do you have?

For Stress Incontinence, over active bladder (to stabilize the bladder) nocturia and pelvic floor strengthening you may want to try

INCOSTRESS. Go to www.incostress.com

Incostress is a class IIa medical device which has clinical evidence to demonstrate its efficacy.

Incostress is made in the United Kingdom by C&G Medicare. We also manufacture the Day Toner which is a class I pelvic floor exerciser.

Incostress can be left in the body up to 29 days, however we recommend you use it for a maximum of 8 hours then remove for an hour before re-inserting. We want you to train your pelvic muscles so eventually you won’t need anything to control the incontinence.

Incostress is made from body friendly medical grade silicone, which means it can be washed and re-used time and time again.

Incostress is ideal for any woman who can support a tampon. (there is no risk of toxic shock syndrome with Incostress as bacteria does not breed on silicone.

Order your Incostress in store from Boots or online in the United Kingdom.

Order from www.incostress.com and get a FREE bottle of IncoClean, a biofriendly antibacterial cleaner which also protects your Incostress. IncoClean is safe to use on skin as it is PH balanced. It does NOT contain alcohol.

We recommend Incostress for women who

Have just had babies

Women who are approaching the menopause (depletion of oestrogen can weaken the muscles Incostress can help maintain muscle control)

Women who have passed the menopause.

Women who experience over active bladder and want to train their bladder to be stable

Women with Urinary Stress Incontinence (SUI)

Women who leak slightly during sports. Incostress acts as a support for the pelvic floor during impact, lessening the strain of the pelvic floor

Women who suffer nocturia (getting up several times during the  night to pass water).

Incostress stops incontinence

Pelvic Floor control and an amazing little device

Pfilates a program that every woman and man should use

Dr Bruce Crawford is an amazing doctor who has spent years perfecting a program which is sweeping the continents. Dr Crawford an international renowned gynaecologist has dedicated his life to giving women a better quality of life.

He developed a program called Pfilates. This simple program has different levels so you can build up the hold and pulse movements the stronger your pelvic floor becomes. This program has swept the USA and Canada, where instructors and being trained to help women benefit from Pfilates.

C&G Medicare Ltd United Kingdom, are advocates of the Pelvic Floor Movement. Its founder and CEO Gaynor Morgan has won many international awards for her medical device Incostress and has built up the company from ground level. Now Gaynor works with many respected medical professionals bridging the gap between patients and medical professionals.

C&G Medicare Ltd run APOPS Europe a free advice center whereby men and women but mainly women can call and ask for advice about pelvic floor issues. They find the best solution via the medical route to help those who are suffering with pelvic organ issues.

Gaynor says “Its about education and finding a solution for the men and women who are suffering. Our job is simply to listen offer general advice about symptoms and try to find a suitable doctor,clinic, physiotherapist etc who are able to help these men and women.

Its saddening to see so many women with incontinence problems or/and prolapse issues that when they call they feel so helpless and don’t realise that there are plenty of good medical solutions without the intervention of surgery available.

Of course, we ALWAYS encourage them to seek a suitable doctor first as there maybe other complications going on we are not aware of with the women who speak to us. It is so important that they are seen by a medical professional before going onto the net to try to self diagnose. There is a lot of good information on the net, but many women do tend to try so many products which are not necessarily suited to their condition and as a result they make the condition worse, which is why we URGE women to first speak to the medical team about their problem.

Many women are too embarrassed or ashamed and this holds them back from speaking about their condition. Many think that incontinence is a way of life if they end up with this condition, and feel pads are the only way to treat incontinence.

Women who have any sort of pelvic organ prolapse are frightened due to the sensation of their insides literally falling out and cut themselves off from even speaking to their partners about it, which doesn’t help their position in their relationship.

There isn’t one quick fix – fix all product on the market because every person is unique, their build, their structure, their lifestyle habits etc this all plays a large part in how the condition is treated. If you have two women of the same build etc, with the same condition, there is no guarantee the same treatment will be successful for both, which is why your medical professional should be consulted first.

 

C&G Medicare Ltd also offer a basic pelvic floor training with patients on the phone, which has helped many women. The company has also developed several free downloadable print off sheets to help the women speak to their doctor about their condition. These sheets have proven successful as patients simply answer the questions on the sheet, print and take to their doctor. They don’t even have to speak as all the information is there for the doctor to read.  Free downloads questions you should ask your doctor here One of the reasons its been so successful is the fact we don’t ask for details. So many websites now won’t let you access information unless you leave your name, email etc. That’s not what we are about. We don’t collect customers details. These downloads are between the patient and doctor to discuss.

Pfilates kit

Pfilates instructors/physiotherapists and qualified instructors contact us for the instructor package and training package.

C& G Medicare Ltd are offering a limited edition Pfilates complete kit

  •     Includes the 64 minute Pfilates easy to follow different levels instructional DVD,
  •     Pfilates instructional guide book
  •      20cm ball
  •     Medical pelvic toning device (medical grade silicone)
  •     Satin bag Size 26cm X 31cm- Colour – Royal Blue

Designed and tested by key opinion leader Uro/gynaecologist Dr Bruce Crawford

Clinically tested to obtain positive results. Ideal for post natal use and pelvic floor muscles which are neglected in exercise.

Pfilates are a cross between gentle yoga and Pilates. The most effective pelvic floor training ever.

A perfect gift to give all men and women of any age. There are different levels to achieve during this program, all are gentle and progressive.

These exercises have proven to help:

  •     Control bladder issues
  •     Increase pelvic floor and abdominal strength (inside and outer muscle strength)
  •     Help avoid pelvic organ prolapse
  •     Strengthen the muscles to enhance sexual feeling
  •     The pelvic toning device trains the vaginal muscles the grip/strengthen/resistance movements.
  •     Those who encounter painful intercourse

Pelvic floor training is important not only for the fact these important muscles hold the vital organs in place, but that they are needed to be in good condition to allow an easier childbirth.

The pelvic floor needs to be stong so that women do not encounter pelvic organ prolapse (a collapse or drop of the one organ into the wall of another)

And of course we need a good pelvic floor contraction during sexual intercourse to be able to reach the ultimate orgasm.

Did you know that natural red heads are more prone to weak pelvic floor muscles due to the structure of the fibres in the pelvic floor of a red head?

Anyone can use the pfilates program regardless of sex or age. We have a limited edition offer with the pelvic floor toning device. Normal price £67.00 but with using the discount code PFJUL you get £20.00 off the pfilates limited edition.

For more information click here to the pfilates limited edition kit.

Recommended reading for those who have pelvic floor/ incontinence issues. These books have all been endorsed by leading medical doctors.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse by Sherrie Pam (this book is an award winner) Available in all leading book stores in the UK

Hold It Sister & Hold It Mam by Mary O’Dwyer (lead physiotherapist for women’s health) Available in all leading book stores in the UK (Blackwell’s bookstore have  special prices for medical staff at their exhibitions)

Pelvic Floor Recovery by Sue Croft (lead physiotherapist)

 

 

Teenage Pelvic Floor Dysfunction- those little leaks

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When treating women, I am often asked by mums about “little leaks”  their teenage girls complain of (or don’t but Mum suspects ). This will often be called “giggle incontinence” and I often hear women say to me “Oh I have always had a weak bladder …I used to wet myself when laughing as a kid.”  The only wetting you should do when laughing is the tears running down your face. Unless you have an anatomical or physiological ( medical talk for problem) with your actual bladder or urinary system (this is very rare) then you don’t have a weak bladder and it isn’t something that you just put up with or accept .

Teenage girls can also leak a bit when coughing and sneezing. All of these are scenarios known as Stress Urinary Incontinence…..involuntary leaks when the bladder is placed under stress or pressure. One of two things is happening here  – either the urethral sphincter ( the washer that keeps the bladder safely closed) or the pelvic floor muscles which tighten to help hold this sphincter closed are weak or not functioning properly. Now again, it is rare in a teenager for this to actually be a structural problem.
It is more likely a bad habit or poor muscle strength / co-ordination. The more this is accepted, the worse the problem can potentially become.

Read more…

With thanks to Fiona, womens health physiotherapist http://www.pelvicexercisesinfo.com.au

If you are worried that your teenage daughter is having ‘little leak’ issues speak to her. Ask her when does she notice the leaks? Treating this sooner rather than later is crucial for her wellbeing.

One of Australia’s lead women’s health physiotherapists has written an amazing book on how to self manage the pelvic floor and incontinence problems. Hold It Sister is available in most English speaking countries and available throughout the web.

Ask your physiotherapist about advice on training the pelvic floor (kegel exercises) Getting into good habits is far easier than breaking bad ones.

From today until 30th June C&G Medicare Ltd are giving away Hold It Sister books in their continued effort to raise awareness about pelvic floor issues. Claim your free Hold it Sister book when you order Incostress a medical device to control incontinence  and allows you to identify the pelvic floor muscles ready for exercise. Use code JUNEHIS to claim your free book. click here to order

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GET YOUR FREE SELF HELP BOOK ABOUT THE PELVIC FLOOR

WE ARE GIVING AWAY HOLD IT SISTER THE AMAZING SELF HELP BOOK ABOUT INCONTINENCE AND PELVIC FLOOR ISSUES WORTH £15.99

As part of our commitment to helping women improve their quality of  life through pelvic floor management we are giving away a superb book written by lead women’s health physiotherapist Mary O’Dwyer. HOLD IT SISTER WORTH £15.99 ABSOLUTELY FREE.

18-30 June SPECIAL OFFER: BUY 2 INCOSTRESS SAVE £10 AND GET A HOLD IT SISTER BOOK worth £15.99 ABSOLUTELY FREE. Enter code JUNEHIS to get your free Hold It Sister Book. Go to our shop- incontinence section.

June 18th -30th claim your FREE hold it sister with the dual pack of Incostress. Enter code JUNEHIS to activate the free product.

Hold it Sister offers advice on dealing and coping with incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse issues.

How to improve and maintain a strong pelvic floor to prevent incontinence and a stronger muscle contraction which is needed for  better sexual health.

USE CODE JUNEHIS TO CLAIM YOUR FREE HOLD IT SISTER BOOK WWW.INCSOTRESS.COM

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