Incontinence, Pelvic Pain and Unstable Bladder are Treatable

Bladder control problems are a very prevalent problem which can have a devastating effect on lifestyle. They affect both females and males in all age ranges.  Incontinence is reported to affect one in four women, middle-aged or older and 50% of those in nursing homes. It should not be regarded as a normal part of childbirth or aging. 

Female incontinence problems are most often found to be the result of a muscular dysfunction, often following childbirth, menopause or an injury. This causes inappropriate recruitment of the pelvic muscles.  It leads to muscle atrophy which further aggravates the problem leading to involuntary urine leakage.  Untreated, the problem will not go away on its own and will nearly always get worse if ignored. Most types of incontinence are effectively and permanently corrected with biofeedback therapy.

Sometimes people with incontinence problems are told to “Just live with it”, or “At least it’s not life-threatening.” This is not acceptable. Muscle re-education, using biofeedback in a program of multiple behavioural therapies, is the primary treatment for incontinence. It is a safe and highly effective treatment when performed by a physiotherapist or nurse trained in continence therapy. As well, several biofeedback instruments are available as safe and effective home trainer units.

Biofeedback Assisted Muscle Re-education
The techniques are built around training for correct muscle recruitment, strengthening and relaxation using electromyography (sEMG) which is a technique for measuring and monitoring muscle function. The method is similar in concept to sEMG biofeedback therapy which is widely used in other areas of rehabilitation. Some instrument models  use a pressure sensor instead of sEMG to measure muscle function.  Biofeedback allows you to find and control the correct pelvic muscles.

Most cases of urinary incontinence are effectively corrected by this type of pelvic floor exercise and without surgery. You can avoid the risk of surgery complications and the convalescence time. Surgery is usually not a permanent cure when the underlying problems of muscle control and weakness are not addressed. Only rarely is surgery needed to correct incontinence.

Highly Gratifying
The approach is one of active participation. You are empowered to control and facilitate your own progress. You can view a display showing evidence of the dysfunctional patterns of muscular recruitment. This will improve dramatically as continence is restored.

The use of biofeedback instrumentation is key to achieving successful results. The proportion of successful outcomes is very high, especially when used in combination with behavioural methods, muscle stimulation and weighted cones. You will feel better and have more energy. With better muscular control, you can maintain continence by continuing to practice simple exercises, if needed, which you will use to sustain muscle tone and that have been learned in the biofeedback program. 

Cost Effective
As well as the obvious and dramatic lifestyle benefits, there are significant financial rewards for you.  Incontinence produces an enormous continuing expense. The cost of a home trainer and/or visits to a continence therapist is recovered very quickly, when compared to the continuing and increasing future expense of absorbency supplies. Resumption of a normal lifestyle is a welcome bonus.With multiple behavioral therapy, experience has shown that most of the participants will again become fully continent.

Your Next  Step
Because we want to make sure that the equipment we supply is right for you, an assessment by a continence therapist or your family physician is recommended.

If you are not able to locate a therapist, the Aquaflex, P.F.X., ETS-290 and Femetone products inculde detailed instructions so you can use them on your own, with good chance of success.

Call us at 1-888-667-2324 if you would like to discuss the various options, or if we can be of service in any way.