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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– A combination of pelvic floor exercise AND Pilates!

 One-Day Workshop

 Date: Saturday 28 or Sunday 29 September 2013


Venue: Springhealth Leisure, 81 Belsize Park Gardens, Belsize Park, London NW3 4NJ


Price: £197 – EARLY BIRD PRICE ENDS 31 JULY 2013!!!

Then £237 if paid thereafter


Book your space NOW – www.clairemockridge.com/pfilates

controls urge and stress incontinence. Gets you back into the shape you need

controls urge and stress incontinence. Gets you back into the shape you need

 Who is Pfilates suitable for?

Pfilates is suitable for:

  • Fitness Instructors
  • Personal Trainers
  • Pilates Teachers
  • Ante/Postnatal Specialists
  • Chiropractors
  • Physiotherapists
  • Osteopaths
  • And, ANYONE with an interest in pelvic floor health!

You do NOT need to have a Pilates qualification to attend, and on completion of the Workshop, you’ll receive certification as a Pfilates Instructor.

The Pfilates method can be used 1-2-1 with clients who require specialist attention, and also lends itself well to instruction in small groups.  Pfilates is particularly popular with groups of postnatal women.

Who created Pfilates?

Founder of Pfilates program

Founder of Pfilates program

The PFilates program was created by Urogynecologist Dr. Bruce Crawford to help women and men improve pelvic floor fitness.

Pfilates includes a series of exercise routines to assist clients improve pelvic floor strength, in a progressive pelvic floor fitness training program.

In 2008, Dr. Crawford studied 120 mat Pilates, Yoga, and personal training movements using and from this pool of data, a series of movements were selected that provide excellent passive engagement of the pelvic floor by using various co-contractors including the Transversus abdominis, lower extremity adductors, and Gluteals.

The result?  We achieve much greater motor-unit recruitment per contraction than the “traditional  Kegel”.

The Pfilates program exploits principals of plyometric training and overflow to achieve optimal pelvic floor performance.

Book your space NOW here: www.clairemockridge.com/pfilates

Contact Claire for Pfilates training

Contact Claire for Pfilates training

Date: Saturday 28 or Sunday 29 September 2013

Venue: Springhealth Leisure, 81 Belsize Park Gardens, Belsize Park, London NW3 4NJ

Price: £197 – EARLY BIRD PRICE ENDS 31 JULY 2013!!!

Then £237 if paid thereafter

For more details, your UK contacts are:

– Sarah Rosenfield


– Tel: 07767 404748

– Claire Mockridge


– Tel: 07747 656550


Order your Pfilates kits or Pfilates DVDs from www.incoshop.co.uk  64 min Pfilates DVDs an incredible £9.99

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



Everyone knows that Dr Arnold Kegel discovered the pelvic floor exercises. Exercises which are to this day, encouraged by medical professionals to prevent conditions such as incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and in general weak pelvic floor muscles.

Weakness of the pelvic floor can be hereditary or can be caused from a range of factors. Obesity, pregnancy, low oestrogen levels, menopause, Pelvic organ prolapse, laxity of the pelvic floor muscles are to name a few reasons why the pelvic floor  needs extra attention.

Dr Arnold was a brilliant gyaneacologist in his time and has opened the path for many to follow his good work in his footsteps.

Dr Bruce Crawford OBYGYN

Founder of Pfilates program

Founder of Pfilates program

One gynaecologist in Nevada who has excelled in his work not only as a brilliant gyaneacologist but as a compassionate man who understands the needs of women who suffer with pelvic organ dysfunction of any kind. Dr Bruce Crawford MD understands the importance of helping women solve conditions such as incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse etc.

For many women these conditions are demoralising and often have a negative impact on the quality of life. Many women find themselves  becoming more and more introverted due to issues such as incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.

When they do pick up the courage to speak to a doctor, they are kept waiting for months (sometimes in pain) before they get to see a gyaneacologist to find out what the cause of the problem actually is. Many women don’t want to have surgery and are too frightened to seek medical help because they think that is all there is left for them.

Physiotherapy treatment is an excellent way to start the pelvic floor rehabilitation process. We found from a survey of 150 women in the United Kingdom, those who spoke to their physiotherapist felt reassured and completely comfortable with opening up their feelings. The physiotherapist took time to explain everything of the ‘hows and why’s of the pelvic floor. (GPs in the UK often don’t have the time to speak to their patients, and as patients don’t see incontinence or pelvic floor issues as a life threatening problem many don’t seek help as they ‘don’t want to bother the doctor’.

Out of the 150 women who did seek physiotherapy help 78% were found to have not known how to do a kegel exercise correctly before seeing the physiotherapist. Are you doing your pelvic floor exercises correctly?

Dr Bruce Crawford develops Pfilates (the only exercise program with clinical studies)

Pfilates is a program of neuromuscular conditioning based on extensive EMG recordings taken from the pelvic floor.  Pfilates was created by an American Urogynecologist to provide a method of home pelvic floor fitness training accessible to a broad population.

Pelvic floor disorders are absolutely epidemic.  Stress urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, female sexual dysfunction, pelvic organ prolapse, and fecal incontinence are so commonplace they are often regarded as the inevitable consequences of childbirth and aging.  When these conditions are treated they are to often regarded as purely mechanical disorders requiring a surgical solution.  Although trained as a surgeon I have come to regard these disorders as principally neuromuscular disorders deserving of a neuromuscular solution.

It is clear that programs of pelvic floor neuromuscular rehabilitation successfully improve pelvic floor symptoms.  Such programs typically involve a set schedule of isometric pelvic floor muscle exercises (Kegel exercises) that must be continued long term.  It is also clearly established that very few women will continue to perform this type of isometric exercises for an extended period of time.

In creating the Pfilates program we have ventured to provide a plyometric (movement oriented) method of pelvic floor exercise that could be incorporated in to any regular fitness routine.  Our neuromuscular research reveals that movements which engage the external hip rotators, adductors of the thigh, transverses abdominals, and gluteal muscles also facilitate, or induce, a pelvic floor contraction.  This information has proven especially useful for women unable to perform an isolated voluntary pelvic floor contraction.

The Pfilates program is a simple program consisting of ten movements presented in the same order in three different phases (beginning, intermediate, and advanced).  Each of the Pfilates movements includes a series of repetitions followed by a hold phase and a pulse phase at the point of peak engagement of the pelvic floor.  As such these movements encourage the development of the three essential elements of neuromuscular performance: strength, endurance, and coordination.  The Pfilates DVD includes a detailed “Learn These Movements” that should be reviewed carefully before beginning any of the ten minute routines.

Pfilates is intended to be preventative but also a therapeutic alternative for those already experiencing symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction.  For patients that have already has surgery Pfilates can help protect the investment and reduce the chance for recurrent symptoms

For more information about Pfilates program contact C&G Medicare Ltd.  We are offering the full Pfilates kit which includes 64 minute DVD of Pfilates exercises, 1 full colour manual, 20 cm Pfilates ball,  plus a free antibacterial cleaning spray plus a free satin bag to store your kit in. Total value £51.48 we are offering this for just £29.99 at our store www.incoshop.co.uk  

Created by Dr Bruce Crawford

Created by Dr Bruce Crawford

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)



Male Overactive Bladder – OAB

Over Active Bladder (OAB) Urge Incontinence in men

In a day and age where sex drugs and rock and roll are spoken openly about, the incontinence issues is still very much and embarrassment to many and kept a secret from partners, family and their doctor.

It is acceptable in society that for one reason or another that women are prone to  incontinence. But what about men? Very little is spoken about what men go through and how they feel. In all cases the quality of life (QOL) is affected.

SUI, or Stress Urinary Incontinence is more prevalent in women than men due to their short urethra. (the tube which allows urine to flow from the bladder out of the body.

Over Active Bladder, is common in men, women and children. One of the worst things a parent can do is to force the child to go to the toilet when they really don’t need to.  How many of you are guilty of saying to your child. ‘go now just in case,  honey’?

This force and destabilization of  the bladder eventually may affect the whole natural process and contraction of the detrusor muscle which lines the inside of the bladder. This precontraction then builds up and before you know it, you or your child has OAB. (That’s not to say this is the cause in every case. OAB can occur under other medical conditions and for other reasons).

But if we go back to focusing on the male incontinence issues:

It is common in some men who have a prostate enlargement or BPH. Men who are recovering from prostate surgery or if they have had a laser prostate ablation are prone to OAB.

Other conditions which may trigger OAB are previous bladder or prostate complications, being exposed to radiation, brain or spinal injury, strokes  etc. Parkinson’s is extremely common. Many diabetics present with OAB and SUI.

Before you seek professional advice, download the OAB questionnaire from www.incostress.com No personal information is asked, this is so you can fill the questionnaire in, print and show your doctor. It’s an excellent way for you to explain your symptoms and for your doctor to determine the best course of treatment for you. Incostress.com is all about eduction and helping the public find solutions.

The good news is, incontinence is reversible. There are several methods of treatment and finding the right one for you will be determined by your doctor.

If your doctor choses the most common solution drugs, don’t be afraid to ask him:

  • What are the side effects?
  • Will this drug interfere and cause other problems with medication I am currently taking?
  • How long will I be on this medication for?
  • What happens if I forget to take it?
  • Are there any natural remedies available?
  • If I have a side affect such as dry mouth, dry eyes (a very common one with anticholinergic medication ) I would naturally drink more, so would this have an effect on me?

What are anticholinergics ?

Anticholinergics are a group of drugs which are aimed at combating OAB by blocking the nerve signals related to bladder muscle contractions. They are meant to help increase bladder capacity and decrease the ‘urge’ to go due to the effect they have on the detrusor muscle.

What are the natural solutions for male OAB?

Bladder training without medication is one solution for  the treatment of OAB.  The treatment involves scheduled voiding (scheduled training bladder sheets can be downloaded free of charge here. Bladder training helps change the way routinely head for the toilet. Bladder training will put you into a pattern of holding back from accessing the toilet at set times of the day. It will teach you to have  control over the urge to go by waiting. This buildup is a slow process from waiting for a few minutes to gradually increasing to an hour or more between toilet visits.

Pelvic Floor or kegel exercises
Pelvic floor control is and excellent method to strengthen the muscles that control urination. Part of this exercise will teach you to tighten, hold, and then relax the muscles that you use to start and stop the flow of urination. This form of  training control is called biofeedback, which allows you to identify and move by squeezing the right muscles. Free download for kegel exercises here

Its important not to over work the muscles and if possible I would suggest you work with a physiotherapist or pelvic floor expert.

Electrical stimulation have also been proven to work, but it is strongly recommended you seek professional advice first.

One excellent program I have personally found helps is the Pfilates program developed by Dr Bruce Crawford. More information here.

Many men are subjected to wearing diapers or male incontinence nappies/incontinence pads. These can be undignified, uncomfortable and can cause skin irritation. Nobody wants to sit in urine do they?

An alternative to adult diapers is the Urox System.Hygienic, washable long-lasting and no more sitting in your own urine.

If you have found the information on this site helpful, let me know. It’s always good to get feedback.

House of Bath offers Free Pelvic Floor Toner to its customers

House of Bath offers a free pelvic floor toner to its customers

With the economy as it is people are tightening their belts, but unfortunately not tightening their pelvic floor, which leads to all sorts of problems including incontinence and sometimes pelvic organ prolapse. Costing the health service billions every year in operations and incontinence pads.

Ladies are you happy about sitting in your own urine regardless whether the latest pad has odour control? Are you happy about spending on average £560 per year on pads? Are you happy hiding the problem and not solving it? If you answer yes to any of these questions then don’t read any further.

House of Bath are renowned for offering innovative and top quality products to their customers. Now they have gone one step further and realise that the economy situation is holding some customers back from spending on luxury items. But when it comes to your health anything that can help is not a luxury it is a necessity.

House of Bath now stock Pfilates the only pelvic floor exercise program with clinical trials to support the claims that it works. Pfilates was created by American Gynaecologist Dr Bruce Crawford and is now practiced globally by men women and trained by professionals.

To be trained in this program by a personal trainer would cost you around £70 per session and depending on how weak your pelvic floor is would depend on how many sessions you need.

House of Bath have the full Pfilates kit, Pfilates ball, Pfilates manual and Pfilates 64 minute easy to follow DVD. Realising that to help further strengthen the pelvic floor a pelvic floor toner would help. House of Bath are giving away this £29.99 pelvic floor toner FREE with the Pfilates kit. Unbeatable results at an unbeatable price.

controls urge and stress incontinence. Gets you back into the shape you need

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