Why is a pelvic floor exercise device worthwhile?
Dr Kegel, the originator of the kegel (or pelvic floor) exercise program, did not intend his exercises to be conducted on an empty vagina. The original exercise device he developed was very close in design to the perineometers in use today (like the PFX2).
But through the years, his message has been lost and women have been encouraged to try unassisted exercising. For many women, this has resulted in poor outcomes, with studies showing that 45% - 51% of women are not able to produce effective normal pelvic floor contractions with verbal instructions.
It is increasingly clear that this is not the best way for many women, and that better results can be achieved with the assistance of pelvic floor exercisers. This has been confirmed by research from around the world.
Studies have looked at a range of pelvic floor exercise devices, including vaginal cones, vaginal balls, electronic muscle stimulators, and others. Women in study groups usually already have pelvic floor weakness, with symptoms like incontinence. Many of these studies find that women using these devices show a better improvement than control groups.
So for women who either:
-cannot commit to regular visits to a health professional for financial, geographical, or time reasons
- prefer to try self-help methods
an exercise device will usually produce a notably better result than trying to do pelvic floor exercises by themselves or on an empty vagina.
What types of pelvic floor exercisers are available?
Many pelvic floor exercise products are sophisticated measuring devices intended for use by health professionals to diagnose and treat patients suffering from incontinence or other symptoms of a weakened pelvic floor. They often use electricity or complicated measuring mechanisms, and are specifically designed for use in a treatment setting. This type of device is generally not suitable for home or personal use.
However there are other pelvic floor exercise products on the market that are appropriate for a woman to use at home, and indeed have been designed and manufactured for just that purpose. They are an excellent option for men and women who want to deal with early symptoms of a weakened pelvic floor or continue their therapy at home as pescribed by their treating health professional.
Pelvic Floor Exercise brings together a range of these pelvic floor exercise aids, along with the information that allows you to make an informed choice.
How do pelvic floor exercisers help to build muscle strength?
There are 3 main ways an exerciser can help to build strength int he pelvic floor muscles
- RESISTANCE - Bodybuilders do not build strong biceps by repeatedly contracting their arms in the air, they do it by using weights or other devices that provide resistance
Which of our products provide resistance?
- FEEDBACK - that the exercise is being done correctly, either via visual feedback or movement to confirm the correct muscles are being used in the correct wayand for how long.
Which of our products provide visual feedback?
- STIMULATION - some products stimulate muscle action via sensory feedback and others use electrical current to artificially stimulate muscle contraction until it is strong enough for you to cnontract yourself.
Which of our products stimulate the pelvic floor muscles?
How do pelvic floor exercisers encourage women to continue an exercise program?
Many women don't keep up a pelvic floor exercise program because it is too hard to fit exercises into daily life and because they are uncertain about whether they are exercising correctly, particularly in the early stages. Others become discouraged if they exercise for weeks with little improvement, and so begin to doubt whether the exercises are working. It can also be difficult to remember to do them.
The use of exercisers helps to overcome these problems and encourage women to continue their pelvic floor exercises. Feedback devices reassure a woman that she is exercising correctly. Weighted inserted devices work on strenghtening the pelvic floor while a woman goes about her normal activities. Electronic stimulators harness the proven effects of electrical current to build muscle strength especially for those people having difficulty activating their pelvic floor muscles whne they are very weak. or damaged.
Most importantly, many women find that pelvic floor exercise devices produce better results than unassisted exercising. They are encouraged by this discernible improvement and therefore persist with their exercise regime.
What is the best pelvic floor exerciser for me?
The answer depends on your needs and circumstances. Some women prefer exercisers that can be inserted and left for a while. Others prefer the certainty of an exerciser with a dial that allows them to track their improved performance as they exercise regularly. Still others prefer an exerciser with a more "fun" image. And some are prepared to commit to using an EMS (electronic muscle stimulation) device.
Your choice will also be affected by the current state of your pelvic floor muscles. Vaginal cones or EMS devices are more likely to be suggested by physiotherapists when a woman is unable to contract or feel her pelvic floor muscles for herself. Whereas perineometers are generally more appropriate for women who can already contract their pelvic floor muscles but wish to increase muscle strength.
If you are in doubt about what to choose, we encourage you to follow our Five Steps to making a choice For more information about the benefits and features of each exerciser, browse in our online shop or compare the features of our products.
Why should I buy an exerciser from Pelvic Floor Exercise?
Many good pelvic floor exercisers have been available for sometime but are often hard to track down, particularly for women who want to exercise independently at home. Exercisers have usually only been available direct from the distributor or from a health professional. Many of these stockists keep only one type of pelvic exerciser, so it's impossible for a woman to compare the features of the best products on the market and make an informed choice.
Pelvic Floor Exercise fills this gap by bringing together the very best pelvic floor exercisers available on the Australian market, to make choosing and buying easier. We use our criteria of quality, effectiveness and value so you can be sure of what you are buying. Whatever your motivation for strengthening your pelvic floor muscles, we provide information to help you choose the best product for the purpose.
Of course, the information we provide is not a substitute for discussing your specific needs with a health professional, such as your GP, a women's health physiotherapist or gynaecologist.
The material presented here is intended as an information source only. The information is provided solely on the basis that readers will be responsible for making their own assessment of the matters presented herein and are advised to verify all relevant representations, statements and information. The information should not be considered complete and should not be used in place of the advice of a health care provider. Pelvic Floor Exercise does not accept liability to any person for the information or advice provided , or for loss or damages incurred as a result of reliance upon the material contained herein.
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