We all know how important it is to work on our pelvic floor muscles. We secretly squeeze-and-release in the car, in the office, while watching TV in the hope that we are doing the best thing for our bodies. But do you ever wonder if all those ‘holding tight’ exercises are actually doing you any good? Do you still put in that pad when you’re going for your morning run because you’re worried you’ll leak?
It is estimated that 37 per cent of Australian women are living with Urinary Incontinence (UI), which is caused by a weakening of the pelvic floor muscles that support the bladder, uterus and bowel. These muscles need exercise just like other muscles in the body in order to stay strong and active.
For some women, loss of bladder control becomes an issue after childbirth. For others it is a problem that is connected with menopause.
The condition can cause embarrassment, loss of confidence and issues with sexual intimacy. It often results in women being forced to wear incontinence pads when they go out in public for fear of wetting their pants. And it means that some of life’s simple pleasures – like sharing laughter with friends, or going for a jog – can become stressful.
The only long-term solution to the condition is to train and tighten the pelvic floor – but how do you know if you are doing your exercises correctly? How can you monitor your progress?
A new Australian medical device has been designed and launched to answer these questions and offer hope to women who are unnecessarily suffering. The message is – you don’t have to put up with incontinence any more.
PeriCoach is the first training device, web portal and smartphone app to take the guesswork out of pelvic floor music training. It’s a sensor device that detects pelvic floor muscle activity and measures the strength of each muscle contraction.
This information is linked to the smartphone app via a wireless Bluetooth connection. The app collects and analyses the readings and gives you and your doctor an idea of how you’re going over time. This means you will get regular reassurance that you’re doing the exercises correctly… which will make you more likely to stay motivated and most importantly, will ensure you get the results you want.
The app also allows you to set reminders so that you can stay on track with your training.
“Regular pelvic floor training is a clinically proven, non-surgical way of effectively treating urinary incontinence. Millions of Australians suffer silently with this embarrassing condition. For exercises to work they need to be performed regularly and correctly. For many people the problem is staying motivated and the lack of feedback, so often they never reach their full potential,” said Dr Alisa Wilson Edwards, a consultant urological surgeon.
The benefits of exercising your pelvic floor muscles:
– Improving bladder control and bowel function
– Reducing the risk of prolapse
– Better recovery from childbirth and surgery
– Increased sexual sensation
– Increase in confidence and quality of life.
The PeriCoach system has been developed by Australian company Analytica Medical with the support of a clinical advisory board that includes specialists in urogynaecology, gynaecology and pelvic physiotherapy.
For more information go to http://www.PeriCoach.com