How Do Pelvic Floor Exercisers Work?
Electrical Muscle Stimulators play a vital role in educating women and men about their pelvic floor and what sensations they should feel when doing pelvic floor exercises. Electrical Pelvic Floor Exercisers (PFE) offer a non-invasive method of producing contractions of muscles via a gentle stimulation to the pelvic floor. This is achieved through a discreet probe or electrode pads placed close to the nerve that controls the pelvic floor muscle. A current passes into the nerve fibres controlling that part of the muscle, stimulating it to contract.
Electrical stimulation (EMS) artificially activates a muscle for you enabling you to develop your own muscle control. These contractions exercise the muscles and, as with any kind of exercise if performed regularly, build strength and tone.
For urge incontinence, pelvic floor exercisers work in a slightly different way. The electrical stimulation is designed to soothe your bladder muscles rather than exercise your pelvic floor. PFE uses a gentler, low frequency setting that promotes the release of endorphins and reduces involuntary contractions of the bladder (detrusor) muscle.
Like other muscles in your body, your pelvic floor can be strengthened with regular exercise. Building pelvic floor strength enables your muscles to better support your pelvic organs, improves your bladder and bowel control, and can stop accidental urine, faeces, or wind leakage. It can also reduce your risk of prolapse, improve your recovery from childbirth and gynaecological surgery, and increase your sexual pleasure.
PFE for women
Urinary incontinence is a significant health problem with considerable social, mental, and economic impact.
In young women, the prevalence of incontinence is usually low, but prevalence peaks around menopause, with a steady rise there-after into later life.
Moderate and severe bother have a prevalence ranging from about 3% to 17%. Severe incontinence has a low prevalence in young women, but rapidly increases at ages 70 through 80. Although a majority of women have symptoms of stress type, urge incontinence (including lesser degrees of urge incontinence) tends to be considerably more bothersome than similar degrees of stress incontinence.
PFE for men
The prevalence of incontinence in men of all ages is certainly lower than that for women. Large studies have indicated it affects about 3% to 11% overall, with urge incontinence accounting for 40% to 80% of all male patients. Stress incontinence accounts for less than 10% of cases and is attributable to prostate surgery, trauma, or neurological injury.
Incontinence in men also increases with age and appears to rise more steadily than it does in women. That is, there are no spikes in prevalence similar to those that occur for women around menopause.
Estimates for severe incontinence in men in their 70’s and 80’s is still only about half of that in women. However, men are also less likely to speak with a health care professional about UI, so UI in men is most likely far more common than statistics show.
A recent clinical trial carried out on the TensCare itouch Sure (same programs as the Elise), was conducted in the US with excellent results. The below chart illustrates the results from the clinical trial.