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Pelvic floor stimulators

Urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse can have a significant physical, social and psychological for many women. There are a number of solutions in the management of these problems.

The process of urination and its control depend on an intact neuromuscular system. The bladder is made up of smooth muscle – the detrusor muscle, while the urethra has smooth muscles with a band of striated muscle. Both the somatic and autonomic nervous systems provide innervation to these muscles. The bladder muscle must contract while the urethral sphincter relaxes during urination. It works best when the two are coordinated. The pelvic floor musculature consists of striated muscle fibres innervated by the pudendal nerve. By supporting the bladder and helping to lengthen the urethra, the pelvic floor muscles assist the passage of urine and its control.

Electrical stimulation is a modality that physiotherapists use to treat a variety of conditions. Electrical stimulation is used to restore normal physiological reflex mechanisms in abnormal nervous systems and muscles, as well as to strengthen striated muscles. Using Electro therapy, we try to stimulate the fibres of the pelvic (S2-S4), hypogastric (T10-L2), and pudendal nerves. It is believed that electrical stimulation can inhibit detrusor activity by activating inhibitory nerve fibres in the sympathetic hypogastric nerve, and inhibiting parasympathetic excitatory nerves in the pelvic nerve. It is also used to stimulate and strengthen the striated muscles of the pelvic floor via the pudendal nerve.

Routinely used machines are the interferential electrical stimulation machine and intra-vaginal stimulation machines. The Empi Intravaginal Stimulation Unit is a unit providing neuromuscular stimulation that can be used at home by the patient. The unit consists of a compact battery operated stimulator has two independent channels. One channel operates at 125 Hz to promote bladder inhibition; the other operates at 50 Hz to stimulate muscle contraction. Both channels can be used separately, or together. The electrode is a soft, silicone rubber cylinder about the size of a tampon. The electrode can be easily inserted and the patient learns how to take proper care of it. The therapist adjusts the settings on the stimulator and then the patient is taught how to control the intensity. The intensity should be high enough to cause a muscle contraction but within the patient’s comfort limits.

Many of the patients with incontinence have weakened musculature contributing to their urinary incontinence. Their symptoms often improve when they follow their prescribed exercise program and have adequate strength. Electrical stimulation is indicated when they have strength less than ‘fair’ as measured during a manual muscle test. It may also be indicated to provide sensory stimulation for patients with urge incontinence.

It is always advisable to seek medical help and undoubtedly a good session with your women’s health physiotherapist is the best way for you to learn correct techniques.

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A wee problem- wet yourself laughing is no laughing matter

We thank one of Australia’s experienced physiotherapists Fiona from  pelvicfloorexercise.com.au for allowing us to share her article with you.

C&G Medicare Ltd based in the UK work on raising the awareness about the importance of pelvic floor health for everyone. The founder and CEO Gaynor Morgan works with healthcare professionals in almost every country. She reaches women from all walks of life educating and helping them help themselves to get a better quality of life. A ‘leak free’ life.

Gaynor works and shares ideas with some of the most influential people in the medical field and also in the commercial field. She has worked with the top management of Boots Alliance in the United Kingdom advising how women can get a better pelvic floor strength through very simple steps.

She along with her mother (both ex nurses)  invented one of the worlds most effective medical devices. Incostress.

Incostress underwent clinical trials in 2004 at Singleton Hospital under the auspices of lead uro-gyaneacologist Mr Simon Emery. She has also a large clinical trial going on presently at Cardiff University Hospital aimed to be the largest of its kind in Europe.

Incostress is a re-usable medical device which instantly controls involuntary incontinence and allows the user to identify and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. It’s so easy and simple to use, Incostress has been awarded several top prestigious international awards for its design, capabilities and usefulness.

Incostress controls the problem and improves your quality of life

The only medical device to control incontinence and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.

Urox for the man who should be active

UROX IS THE ANSWER. FIND OUT WHY. Urox is safe, comfortable and gives you a better quality of life.

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.

Urox System gives hope for male incontinence and prostate recovery

Urox System gives hope for male incontinence and prostate recovery

Designed by men for men

 

UROX® is a reusable masculine designed innovation. It is safe, discreet,effective and easy to use.
The UROX® system consists of four parts:
• Collection cup with an anti-leak membrane.
• Fixation pants keeps the cup in place.
• Gaiter with an integrated urine bag.
• Rinsing liquid, which has a documented effect of preventing bacterial growth and colonisation.
UROX® is for the active man bothered by frequent voiding or incontinence, especially urge incontinence following prostate surgery.
Ideal for MS and Parkinson’s patients who rely on carers to fit sheaths and intermittent catheters. The anatomic and functional design lends the system a masculine appearance, very different from the institutional look of traditional medical devices. The comfortable urine collection bag wraps around the calf. The extra long outlet tap ensures a very easy and safe emptying – without risk of dripping on the shoe.

Clean, discreet, comfortable and above all, allows you a better quality of life.

TRADE ENQUIRIES
For further information contact: C&G Medicare Ltd, Tel: +44 (0)871 218 1233
Web: www.incoshop.co.uk

Easy to use. Specially designed fixation pants for extra comfort and support

No more pads. Freedom of feeling normal again.

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

Physiotherapy cures incontinence (via wales4u )

Physiotherapists cure incontinence source: http://www.unisa.edu.au/researcher/issue/2005may/incontinence.asp Physiotherapy is effective in treating stress incontinence in about 80 per cent of cases, according to the first national study undertaken in clinical practice by researchers at the University of South Australia. According to PhD physiotherapy student Trish Neumann from UniSA’s School of Health Sciences, stress incontinence – incontinence … Read More

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Incostress launches in Canada with Bescot Healthcare

 

visit IncoStress and IncoSilk in Canada

Incostress and Incosilk in Canada
Incostress and IncoSilk has officially launched into Canada. Bescot Healthcare is exhibiting at the Total Woman Show in Toronto. All are very welcome to come and speak to our leading health experts over any female issues.
For further information about Incostress and IncoSilk in Canada please contact Bescot Healthcare. www.bescothealthcare.com 

Incostress 

A clinically trialled medical device to control female incontinence and naturally help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.  

  • easy to use
  • re-usable
  • hygienic
  • gives you total control
  • no more pads
  • use night and/or day
  • made from medical grade silicone

IncoSilk

IncoSilk is a smooth easy to apply cream. Suitable for adults and babies. Acts as a zinc replacement. Perfect to use on skin which has been affected by acid from urine or skin which is damaged from sweat.  Ideal for many skin conditions such as eczema, athletes foots and any fungal skin conditions.

  • paraben free
  • based on 100% natural products
  • combats fungal infections
  • stops bacteria from breeding in open wounds
  • gentle for babies and sensitive skin
  • Hylauronic acid to help skin heal and repair
  • lactic acid and citric acid prevents bacteria from breeding

www.bescothealthcare.com 

 

 

   

 

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