Pelvic Floor Stimulators
Pelvic Floor Stimulators and Pelvic Floor
Electrical stimulation is routinely offered by physiotherapy and gynaecology departments and continence services throughout the NHS and private healthcare. Electrical stimulation is recommended as a stand-alone therapy modality or alongside other treatments for incontinence. Stimulation ensures finding and contracting correct pelvic floor muscles to strengthen them and reduce the symptoms of incontinence. Stimulation can be effective in reducing existing symptoms of incontinence as well as in maintaining pelvic floor in good condition and for long term prevention of incontinence in both men and women.
Healthy and strong pelvic floor is very important. Weak pelvic floor can give rise to many unpleasant health conditions and lead to a deterioration in quality of life. It is important to be aware of your pelvic floor and endeavour to maintain its optimum status for the duration of life.
Pelvic floor problems that arise from pelvic muscle weakness are implicated in the development of incontinence and sexual dysfunction. Weakened pelvic floor contributes to incontinence with the light and mild stress incontinence developing gradually into serious and debilitating continence problems and even a genital prolapse in women.
Female pelvic floor can be weakened by events, such as pregnancy and childbirth, obesity and the menopause, during which the levels of female hormone oestrogen drop. First signs of weakened pelvic floor are little leaks of urine, when coughing, sneezing or running. Loss of sexual sensitivity and libido can also be observed.
Male pelvic floor also loses its tone with age and underlying health conditions. Weak pelvic floor in men also leads to incontinence, post-micturition dribble and erectile dysfunction. Performing Kegel exercises to strengthen, tone and firm pelvic floor is equally important for men as it is for women.
Incontinence and other pelvic floor related problems are commonly addressed with electrical stimulation treatments. During electrical stimulation, a tiny current passes through the pelvic floor muscles, contracting and relaxing them repeatedly, thus simulating the effects of muscle exercise. This passive exercise is entirely effortless and painless. The exercise tones, tightens, firms and strengthens pelvic floor muscles and reduces the symptoms related to the pelvic floor muscles weakness, such as incontinence, lack of sexual sensitivity, pelvic organ prolapse in women and erectile dysfunction in men.
Pelvic floor consists of muscles, fascia and ligaments that form a platform supporting pelvic organs - bladder, uterus and intestines. Female pelvic floor prevents these organs from falling down through the lower bony pelvic outlet. Pelvic floor muscles are endurance muscles that help to prevent urinary and faecal leakage caused by the increase in abdominal pressure during coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting or vomiting. During childbirth, pelvic floor relaxes and stretches to enable the baby to be born. It is important to strengthen the muscles and restore them to their optimum strength by performing regular exercises called pelvic floor or Kegel exercises. As all other muscles in human body - pelvic floor muscles grow stronger and fitter with exercise!
Pelvic floor muscle strength is of great importance not only for life long continence, but also when considering sexual health. An added benefit of having strong pelvic floor muscles is improved sexual function. Pelvic floor muscle exercises – commonly called Kegel exercises - help to strengthen pelvic floor, whilst at the same time improving, restoring and maintaining good sexual function.
Pelvic Floor Stimulators, such as Nu-tek Levator Mini, SensaTone and SensaTone for Men can help men and women maintain their pelvic floor strong from life long continence and good sexual function.
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