Today, rising numbers of women are seeking to strengthen their pelvic muscles with the help of kegel exercises and treatments like the Emsella ‘Kegel Throne’. This non-invasive treatment uses a focused electromagnetic energy to induce supramaximal pelvic floor contractions, helping to strengthen the pelvic floor muscle – but what are the benefits? Join us as we answer frequently asked questions about this popular treatment.
What Is Pelvic Health?Pelvic health relates to the area of a women’s body from the tummy button down and encompasses bladder and bowel health, uterine health, vagina health and sexual health. It’s a vitally important area, as frequently women experience ongoing pelvic pain or incontinence without seeking medical or alternative help, as they believe their symptoms to be normal.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pelvic Health
1. Why is pelvic health important?The pelvic floor muscle is something women tend to forget about until it becomes a concern, which is why preventative care is essential for quality of life – our pelvic floor muscle is made up of striated muscle, ligaments and connective tissue, and supports our bladder and bowel, optimises our sexual pleasure and function, and supports the womb (uterus) pre, during and post pregnancy.
Weakened pelvic floor muscles can lead to urine leaks when coughing, sneezing or jumping, whereas strengthened pelvic floor muscles support the growing weight of a baby, increase blood flow to the area post birth, enabling faster healing in the area, and help prevent incontinence.
2. What can women do to maintain good pelvic health?It’s said that women should perform at-home Kegel exercises three times a day, to both activate and strengthen the pelvic floor muscle. These can be performed sitting or lying down and can be built up over time. Weekly gym or at-home exercise will also contribute to strengthening the core and pelvic floor muscle.
3. What are Kegel exercises?When you contract and release the pelvic floor muscle – squeeze the muscle, hold for 5 seconds and release for 5 seconds, repeat up to 10-15 times per session.
4. What are the benefits of the exercises?The benefits of performing Kegel exercises will help keep the pelvic floor muscle stronger, prevent urinary incontinence, support the uterus pre-birth, strengthen after birth and encourage a stronger core. Kegel exercises will also support sexual function, reducing pelvic pain during sex whilst increasing the feeling of pleasure.
5. Are there any associated risks?Each body is unique and finding a routine that works for an individual is a positive and important action to help prevent or correct muscle weakening; whether through performing Kegel exercises themselves, using an at-home Kegel device or the FDA Emsella ‘Kegel Throne’.
6. What are the benefits of treatments like the Emsella ‘Kegel Throne’?The Emsella ‘Kegel Throne’ helps to maximise your pelvic floor muscle contractions and gain benefits far quicker than traditional methods. Using a focused electromagnetic energy to induce supramaximal pelvic floor contractions, its designed to perform just over 11,000 Kegels in under 28 minutes, which is physically impossible to achieve through traditional exercises any one time.
A programme consists of 6 sessions over a 3-week period with 2-3 days between any session. However, more than one programme may sometimes be required.
The Emsella ‘Kegel Throne’ delivers a non-invasive treatment, whilst fully clothed, in just 28 minutes!
7. Is it safe to subject the pelvic muscles to this level of stimulation in a single session?We ensure a thorough consultation is carried out with all of our clients, and the electromagnetic energy is designed to focus just on the striated muscle (which is found in the pelvic floor muscle). However, like any muscle we don’t want to over train, so we advise to have a session every 2-3 days.
8. What are the benefits in terms of sexual health?For women, using the Kegel Throne helps to re-educate the muscle, increase blood flow and stimulate new fibroblasts to encourage collagen and new fibres, which rebuilds the muscles in strength and tightness. The muscle increase means the vagina, labia and clitoris are more sensitive, which leads to heighten sexual sensation and can make your sexual experience more pleasurable for you and your partner.
For men, the Kegel Throne’s re-education of the muscles can help with erectile disfunction or less sustainability in an erection caused by aging and decondition of the muscles in the penis. Increased blood flow and stimulation of new fibroblasts encourages collagen and new fibres to rebuild the muscle and tissues. This will give a stronger erection and increased confidence, making your sexual experience more pleasurable for you and your partner.
9. How can you measure the success of the treatment if incontinence is not the issue?You cannot, it is patient perception. The clinical studies show muscle is strengthened by this treatment and that the benefits have been shown in studies to be an improvement in sexual dysfunction too. This is based on patient feedback.
10. Is there a limit to how many treatments you can have?
We recommend 6 treatments spaced over 2-3 weeks for optimum results. We would suggest a 12-treatment protocol for severe cases. After that it does not seem to improve things further. A patient can repeat a course as and when their symptoms start to return.
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