Emsella Chair – Pelvic Floor Chair For Incontinence
A pelvic floor chair for incontinence sounds a bit too good to be true, doesn’t it? Female incontinence affects up to 6 million women in the UK and in men, it’s about 10% of that figure. Sadly, for many, incontinence is a source of shame and embarrassment but thankfully, there are treatments and products designed to help, and the pelvic floor chair for incontinence has been a real game-changer for our patients.
In this blog post, you can find out more about the condition and its causes, as well as the different treatments that help to resolve or improve your incontinence.
What Is Incontinence?
Most of us know what incontinence is in general – an inability to control your urine output – but did you know that there are different types of incontinence? Understanding each type can help you identify any similarities in issues you’re facing and can aid a diagnosis if you’re yet to speak to your GP.
It’s important that you do seek professional input if you think you are incontinent, while it might seem daunting, it’s far more common than most people realise and there are a wealth of resources available to help.
Stress incontinence is the leaking of urine when your body experiences sudden pressure from physical exertion such as running, jumping, coughing or sneezing.
Overflow incontinence refers to the issue of your bladder not emptying fully, which leads to it filling more quickly and urine leaking out. This is often caused by a blockage in your bladder
Overactive Bladder/Urge Incontinence
If you feel a sudden and frequent urge to wee, then it might be due to an overactive bladder. You may leak a little urine when you feel this urge, and it’s something that occurs both day and night.
Mixed incontinence is a combination of stress incontinence and urge incontinence and affects more women than men.
Functional incontinence is when a person is aware that they need to urinate but has a condition, illness or disability that slows their journey to the toilet.
Living with Incontinence
Living with any type of incontinence can be difficult. You may find that you avoid socialising, going out and about, give up hobbies or don’t exercise. While incontinence isn’t life-threatening, it can have a huge impact on your self-esteem, confidence and ability to live your normal life.
Here are some tips for managing your incontinence while you seek professional help.
The underwear market has seen some helpful developments with the advent of absorbable pants. These pants look and feel just like your normal underwear, but they have the ability to wick away moisture. There are lots of brands available so you can find the right ones for you.
Don’t avoid drinking, but do be mindful about timing your drinks. If you’re planning on heading out somewhere where loos aren’t easily accessible (like on a long walk or going to watch a show) make sure you stop drinking about 90 minutes beforehand.
If you avoid drinking entirely, you run the risk of your urine becoming more concentrated which can irritate your bladder, causing you to feel the need to wee more often.
It might sound silly, but making sure that you wee every couple of hours means that there is less likelihood of a leak as your bladder has less pressure on it.
Thankfully, the development of new technology has enabled us to find new ways to combat incontinence – and the pelvic floor chair for incontinence is one of them.
Pelvic Floor Chair For Incontinence
If you suffer from incontinence, then chances are, you already know how important your pelvic floor muscles are. These are the muscles that support your bladder, bowel and, in women, your uterus and in men, your prostate.
The bladder outlet is controlled by one of these muscles, and if there’s a weakness in this muscle, urine will leak. That’s the main focus of the Emsella Chair – or the pelvic floor chair for incontinence, as it’s also called.
Exercising your pelvic floor muscles is one of the most important ways you can get control of your incontinence, and the main strengthening exercise used to do this is called the ‘Kegel’ (pronounced kay-gal). To do a Kegel, you have to tense or squeeze the muscle responsible for urine flow. The best way to get a feeling for what that is is to practice while having a wee. Once you start, try to stop the flow – that’s the muscle you need to feel when doing your exercises.
You can do Kegel exercises anywhere, at any time. We’ve heard how some like to make little challenges to make sure they remember to do them. One lady intensified her ‘squeeze’ with every floor she went up on an elevator – she worked on the 8 floor! Another tried to get 30 Kegels in while brushing their teeth.
But the truth is, Kegels are easily forgotten and with the amount you can feasibly do, they can take some time to deliver a result. Many people find they can’t actually “activate” the pelvic floor too, making Kegels a non-starter. Especially for those that have a serious incontinence problem.
But what if you could do 11000 Kegels in under half an hour? That would equate to 366 teeth-brushing sessions! The pelvic floor chair for incontinence has been created with one purpose – to restore pelvic floor strength.
Using High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic Energy (HIFEM), the pelvic floor chair for incontinence stimulates all of your pelvic floor muscles (there are 14 in total) into action. Your ‘manual’ Kegels can’t fully exercise all of those, so it’s a far more enhanced method.
What To Expect From Your Pelvic Floor Chair For Incontinence Treatment
Well, a lot of sitting comfortably, really! While it sounds like 11000 muscle spasms might be uncomfortable, it’s actually completely painless. Many patients use the time to read a book or just relax and enjoy the peace.
You remain fully clothed so you don’t need to worry about feeling embarrassed.
Depending on the severity of your condition, you will need between four-six sessions, but those that have a more critical problem might need more. Dr Shirin and the team will help identify your specific needs during your consultation.
The effects of the pelvic floor chair for incontinence lasts for up to 12 months but can be extended with top-up treatments if you feel the need.
So, if you would like to chat about your incontinence problem with a sympathetic and understanding professional, just get in touch to book your consultation. At Elite Aesthetics, we are leading experts on the pelvic floor chair for incontinence so you are in safe hands.
Our award-winning clinic is just 10 minutes from Dartford and Gravesend station, 15 minutes from Maidstone and only a 20-minute drive from St. Pancras, London.