Pelvic floor muscle exercise

You can address the major cause of incontinence!

Weakened muscles of the pelvic floor are the major cause of incontinence in Australian men and women - several million of us!

This weakness may result in conditions such as:

  • Stress incontinence
  • Urge incontinence
  • Mixed urinary incontinence
  • Faecal incontinence
  • Uncontrolled flatulence

Once your incontinence condition has been diagnosed, manual pelvic floor exercises (called Kegel Exercises) are a good place to start the recovery process.

However not everyone is successful with manual exercise

SO, if you have tried manual pelvic floor exercise, with little success, then InControl may be just what you need.

And this is why -

The pelvic floor contains two types of muscle, either or both of which may need re-strengthening:

1. Skeletal or voluntary muscle

  • If the relevant neural pathways are healthy and functioning well, properly performed manual exercise will strengthen skeletal muscles
  • However, when neural pathways are compromised or "lazy", we need to by-pass the brain and apply direct electrical stimulation to the motor nerves and muscle mass
  • Furthermore, a program of electrical muscle stimulation can help to retrain damaged neural pathways

2. Smooth or involuntary muscle

  • Smooth muscle fibres cannot be exercised manually - they are controlled by the autonomic nervous system, rather than the brain
  • In all instances, we need to by-pass the autonomic nervous system and apply direct electrical stimulation to involuntary muscles
  • This is critical in cases of incontinence, because the internal sphincter muscles are all smooth muscles

Electrical Muscle Stimulation is at least twice as effective as manual exercise!

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Benefits of strong pelvic floor muscles include:

  • Faecal control or improvement
  • Urinary control or improvement
  • Less likely to suffer a urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Lifetime saving of the cost of incontinence pads
  • Return of social confidence
  • Improved core strength, better balance and stability
  • Improved posture and back support, reduced back pain
  • Potential to increase moderate levels of physical activity
  • Enhanced sexual performance and satisfaction

To avoid long term complications, address the problem - not the symptoms:

  • Constant use of incontinence underwear is associated with an increased risk of urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • When elderly people suffer a UTI, they are prone to high fever and delirium
  • Clinical research has revealed a causal link between delirium and dementia

Who needs InControl?

The short answer is "anyone currently wearing incontinence pads or carrying a spare pair of undies wherever they go".

Our experience suggests that the typical profiles of those who use InControl include:

  • Women who have damaged or weakened pelvic floor muscles during childbirth
  • Men, post prostate surgery
  • Some post-menopausal women
  • Both men and women as they become elderly and their muscle strength deteriorates
  • Those men and women wishing to strengthen core muscles for improved core stability and prevention of lower back pain
  • Men and women wishing to tighten pelvic floor muscles to enhance the romance

Clients benefit from InControl when:

  • They cannot voluntarily initiate manual exercise
  • They cannot perform the manual exercise correctly
  • The manual exercise program is too difficult to maintain
  • Involuntary muscles need strengthening

Before embarking upon surgery, it would be prudent and intelligent to first try this non-invasive, inexpensive approach. You have nothing to lose.