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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

Pfilates is the fastest growing pelvic floor exercise program

Without a doubt, when a gynaecologist develops a program to improve pelvic health then you know it will be effective and ‘does exactly what it says on the tin’.
Pfilates was developed by one of the most respected gynaecologists Dr Bruce Crawford.
Pfilates is sweeping the continents with physiotherapists being trained to teach Pfilates to men and women.

C&G Medicare in the UK have worked with Dr Crawford for a number of years and has seen the success Pfilates has on women of all ages.

This unique program consists of 3 build up phases which allows the inexperienced in pelvic floor exercises gain confidence and strength starting at phase 1.
Pfilates kits are available from http://www.incoshop.com and the qualified medical staff at C&G Medicare are always on hand to offer professional advice.

Pelvic floor strengthening helps build good muscle tone which may prevent pelvic organ prolapse in some women, will help with preparation for an easier child-birth and will help with controlling bladder and bowel weaknesses. maintaining pelvic floor exercises with pfilates speeds up post partum recovery.

Find the 64 minute DVD for £9.99 click here for more information.

We recommend KeyGal or Pelvic Toner which are clinically approved medical devices to control those embarrassing leaks during exercise and strengthen the pelvic floor muscle tone.

Are you a physiotherapist interested in becoming a Pfilates Instructor? Contact us via our website for more information, stating which country you are  in and your existing qualifications.

 

Created by Dr Bruce Crawford

Created by Dr Bruce Crawford

Urox an alternative to incontinence pads for the active man

Urox System. Throw away those pads and try UROX

Each week we will be looking what causes the different types of male incontinence and how to deal with it effectivly. Feel free to leave a message with a contact you in confidence. We will not publish any comments with the heading In Confidence.

The Urox system was designed by men for men. A simple yet effective way to allow the active man who has incontinence issues to regain his quality of life.

No more pads. Freedom of feeling normal again.

Enuresis and Micturition Problems
Coming of age, most men need to visit the men’s room more frequently. It is a fact of life that usually doesn’t attract any particular medical attention, even if the consequences can be serious enough in terms of social and practical inconvenience.
The extent of the problem is massive:

20% of men aged 40-50 experience voiding problems
33% of men aged 50-60 experience problems
More than 50% of men aged 60 or more find their micturition problematic

Prostate and the Ageing Bladder
Most micturition problems are caused by a benign enlargement of the prostate gland, but problems can have other causes as well, like cancer in the prostate gland or in the bladder, constipation, or cystitis.
Urination difficulties are usually caused by a combination of aging of the bladder and enlargement of the prostate gland.

The bladder is a muscle. As one gets older, the muscle controlling the bladder gets weaker and the compliance of the bladder is reduced. The consequence is on one hand that the capacity of the bladder is reduced, while on the other hand the muscle has problems contracting sufficiently to empty the bladder entirely. As a result of this, the volume at disposal is significantly reduced – forcing the patient to go more often to the bathroom.
The prostate gland keeps growing all life. Situated around the urethra under the bladder, it will press on the urethra as it grows and make it increasingly difficult to urinate.
Nerves get less sensitive with age. Therefore the elderly gets the signal of the full bladder later, and the time from registration of the urge until one must, is shortened. Sometimes down to 1-2 minutes. You will then define it as “urge-incontinence”

Micturition problems are caused by a combination of these effects.

Living with Enuresis – The four Strategies

Watchful Waiting

Common enlargement of the prostate gland is harmless as such. It should be accepted as a sign of age. But the waiting has to be “watchful” in order not to overlook a prostate cancer or other disease.
In rare cases, where the squeeze on the urethra prevents you from emptying the bladder entirely, or causes increased pressure in the kidneys even a benign enlargement of the prostate may require treatment.
A watchful waiting could be combined with the use of incontinence products like UROX.

Surgical Treatment

Surgical treatment usually means pealing the prostate gland from within by means of a cystoscope. In this operation, the cystoscope is often directed through the urethra up to the prostate gland, where the gland is sliced of, or burned away with a laser. The surgical treatment is very effective but since there is a significant risk of side effects it is only used in cases of severe micturition problems.
Adverse effects can be impotence (<10%), stricture* in the urethra (<10%), and 1-5% becomes chronically incontinent.

Medical Treatment

Medicine will either relax the muscle cells in the prostate gland, to reduce the tension it is exerting on the urethra, or control the growth of the prostate gland.
In both cases the medicine has a number of known unpleasant side effects, like dizziness and nausea – which may be out of proportion to the problem the medicine was intended to cure.

Alternative Treatment

Except for an extract of the plant “saw palmetto”, which has been shown to have a moderate but measurable effect on enuresis, no alternative medication has been clinically or experimentally proven to work.
Never the less, many men tend to find some relief in alternative medicine, the most popular being an extract of pumpkin seeds. Since alternative treatments are felt to relieve, but not cure enuresis, it can be an excellent companion to a UROX system.

You will find very good information about incontinence on the bladder and bowel foundation website

Urox is available from http://www.incoshop.co.uk

Those looking to re-sell the Urox system in the UK please contact C&G Medicare Ltd info@candgmedicare.com Please note C&G Medicare Ltd will on deal with trade customers if you have a VAT number and are already selling incontinence products

 

Is Surgery Necessary? (via DryDiapersPlus)

Your pelvic floor is an amazing part of your body.  Think of all the functions it controls – it maintains bladder and bowel continence, puts the "oomph" in orgasm, prevents pelvic organ prolapse and plays a vital role in spinal stability. Yet many women, including myself, don't know how to improve or prevent problems, where to go to for advice, or what treatment options are available. Recently I read Hold It Sister, by Mary O'Dwyer.  Mary is a 'D … Read More

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Love your pelvic floor

Kegel exercises, Pilates, Yoga and Pfilates are all great ways to take care of your pelvic floor muscles. If the pelvic floor becomes weak this can lead to incontinence and/or prolapse.

There are lots of products on the market which can help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles but at the end of the day it is down to the person to persevere and ensure that his or her pelvic floor is kept in good condition.

Incostress is one product which has clinical trials behind this medical device. It is the only medical device which controls incontinence and at the same time allows the user to keep strengthening the pelvic floor muslces without having to stop from their daily routines.

Before considering drastic measures such as surgery (typical surgery to correct stress incontinence is TVT, TOT surgery)

Incostress is recommended by many doctors, physiotherapists and nurses worldwide. For free downloadable information about incontinence and weak pelvic floor muscles please go to www.incostress.com

Incostress video was filmed and kindly provided by www.inthedarkproductions.co.uk as part of the www.supermum.tv project

We are what we eat- but is this why you are incontinent?

We are what we eat- but is this why you are incontinent? read on to find out why.

No doubt most of us will decide to endulge in those little extras during the Christmas season, whether it is one too many glasses of our favourite drink or just that extra mince pie. Nobody wants to stick to vegatables and fruit during the winter months of Christmas, naturally as the weather gets colder our bodies need the extra fat, which is why during cold weather we tend to stock up on the carbs more than in the hotter months. We don’t even realise we are doing it. It is nature’s way of protecting us.

 Some food for thought comes from a study on energy intake and urinary incontinence in women.
Following on from a recent randomised trial confirming that weight loss significantly reduces the frequency of urinary incontinence (UI) episodes, researchers examined intakes of total energy, carbohydrate, protein, and fats in relation to UI in a cross-sectional sample of 2,060 women in the Boston Area Community Health Survey (2002–2005).
They found the ratio of saturated fat intake to polyunsaturated fat intake was positively associated with UI. Results suggest that dietary changes, particularly decreasing saturated fat relative to polyunsaturated fat and decreasing total calories, could independently account for some of the benefits of weight loss in women with UI.

Eating saturated fat increases systemic inflammation and causes endothelial dysfunction, both of which are involved with urological symptoms. The Mediterranean style diet, high in vegetables, fruit, legumes, nuts, whole grains and olive oil is effective in reducing the markers of inflammation.

So when you go to the doctor with a urinary incontinence issue, this is the reason he may ask you to lose weight. But easier said than done!

Lets look at what fats really are and how they are portrayed on products you buy.

Fat, also called lipid, is component of cell membrane and source of energy to the body. It is essential for brain development and production of cholesterol in the liver. However, when fat level in the body exceeds the normal level, it is associated with health complications such as heart diseases, high blood pressure and obesity.
The difference between saturated fats and unsaturated fats:

Saturated fat: are precursors for cholesterol and therefore, the level of their intake is positively associated with serum cholesterol level, especially low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. Major sources of saturated fat are animal food-based products; check the table below for content.

Unsaturated fat: includes polyunsaturated fat and monounsaturated fat. Both types are predominantly found in plant products. Examples of polyunsaturated fat food sources include soybean, sunflower, fish and corn oils. Monounsaturated fat is found in high content in olive, peanut, and canola oils. Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids are suggested to lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.

Several studies indicate that replacement of food high in saturated fatty acids with polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fat rich foods reduces the total cholesterol and low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.

In the following table is a list of fat food sources and their corresponding saturated fat and total fat content. With in each catagory, food items are listed high to low total fat content.

 You may see on the food pack the word lipid. Lipid is fat! Lipids are essential for brain development and production of cholesterol in the liver. No don’t even think about running out gorging on mince pies, red meat etc to increase brain delvopement. If only it did work like this. Too much of anything is a bad thing and likewise with Lipids. When there is effectively and overdose of lipid intake it then becomes a problem leading to medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart problems. 
The difference between saturated fats and unsaturated fats:

Saturated fat: are precursors for cholesterol and therefore, the level of their intake is positively associated with serum cholesterol level. Major sources of saturated fat are animal food-based products and the way these products are prepared, such as pork, beef and chicken. Fried, breaded, stewed etc.

Unsaturated fat: includes polyunsaturated fat and monounsaturated fat. Both types are predominantly found in plant products. 

Polyunsaturated fats sources include soybean, sunflower, fish and corn oils.

Monounsaturated fat is found in high content in olive, peanut, and canola oils. Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids are suggested to lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.

Several studies indicate that replacement of food high in saturated fatty acids with polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fat rich foods reduces the total cholesterol and low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.

Incontinence issues are here to stay unfortunately. There is a solution for some women. Incostress is a medical device which has been clinically trialled with positive results. Incostress is worn the same way as a normal tampon. It supports the urethra and bladder neck at the same time gently lifting the pelvic floor muscles. The support of the urethra controls the involutary loss of urine as the woman exceeds abdominal pressure through either sneezing or laughing or simply lifting something.

Incostress allows the woman to identify and carry out kegel exercises at the same time, which leads to stronger muscle control naturally. Strong pelvic floor muscles are needed for incontinence control, bladder support, better sexual feelings during intercourse. Keeping the pelvic floor in good shape can actually help keep the weight down around the abdominal area. Good strong pelvic floor muscles are essential to avoid prolapse. There is a lot of good FREE advice and dowloads on www.incostress.com

2 excellent books to help with incontinence issues and prolapse issues are Hold it Sister by leading physiotherapist Mary O’Dwyer her book can be found in WH Smith and Waterstones stores in the UK and Ireland and on www.holditsister.com as well as www.incoshop.co.uk 

Pelvic Organ Prolapse the silent epidemic by Sherrie Palm, prolapse expert can be found on www.sherriepalm.com

There are other good products such as kegal8 to help with bio feedback and pelvic floor strengthening. More about this product can be found on www.stressnomore.co.uk

In the first instance as there are different types of incontinence and different grades and types of prolapses  it is so important to speak to your physiotherapist or continence advisor and ask them what type of product is good for you.

I hope you found this information helpful. If you are thinking about surgery or simply don’t know what to do or who to speak to about your incontinence problem try looking at information sites such as www.incostress.com and www.bladderandbowelfoundation.org these are impartial sites with invaluable information.

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and a very healthy 2011.

Sherrie Palm – Author and women’s lead for APOPS

Sherrie Palm has dedicated  her life to  helping women who experience prolapse. Pelvic organ prolapse can affect any woman at any time. Find out how, why and how to deal with it if this happens to you.

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