How to avoid Pelvic floor weakness

The Pelvic floor is a broad sling of muscles, ligaments and sheet-like tissues that stretch from your pubic bone at the front of your body, to the base of your spine at the back. It is very important to take care of your pelvic floor muscles as they serve four important functions.

  1. Support function: Pelvic floor muscles support the viscera inside your body that is the bladder, uterus and vagina in case of women and anus and rectum in both men and women.
  2. Continence: It gives you control over when you empty your bladder and bowel.
  3. Reproductive function: This function manifests during pregnancy and childbirth
  4. The pelvic floor also has an important role in sexual function in both men and women.

For all these functions to run smoothly it is very important to have strong pelvic floor muscles.

A weak pelvic floor means that your bowel, bladder and womb are not well supported, causing you to feel a heavy, dragging sensation. It also makes it harder for you to squeeze the muscles and sphincters that close the urethra to prevent urine from escaping.

Your pelvic floor also affects your vaginal muscles. You may find sex less satisfying, and feel less sensitivity in your vagina, if you have weak pelvic floor. Many women find that fear of wetting the bed prevents them from enjoying sex. In men a strong pelvic floor helps to avoid erectile dysfunction.

Therefore, let’s identify the situations/ habits that cause pelvic floor to get weakened.

Causes of pelvic floor weakness:

There could be several reasons for pelvic floor weakness. The main causes include: Menopause, pregnancy and childbirth, chronic constipation, chronic cough, overweight and obesity, heavy lifting, bad prolonged posture, high impact exercises, tight clothes, genetic makeup and natural aging.

How to avoid pelvic weakness?

  1. Exercise the pelvic muscles: Pelvic Floor exercises play very important role in strengthening your pelvic floor muscles. This is how these exercises are performed.
  • Find the right muscles. To identify your pelvic floor muscles, stop urination in midstream. If you succeed, you’ve got the right muscles. Once you’ve identified your pelvic floor muscles you can do the exercises in any position, although you might find it easiest to do them lying down at first.
  • Perfect your technique. Tighten your pelvic floor muscles, hold the contraction for five seconds, and then relax for five seconds. Try it four or five times in a row. Work up to keeping the muscles contracted for 10 seconds at a time, relaxing for 10 seconds between contractions.
  • Maintain your focus. For best results, focus on tightening only your pelvic floor muscles. Be careful not to flex the muscles in your abdomen, thighs or buttocks. Avoid holding your breath. Instead, breathe freely during the exercises.

However, research says that one in three women cannot perform pelvic floor exercises correctly. Especially weakened pelvic floor muscles are specially difficult to feel and control. In such cases electrical stimulation of Pelvic Floor muscles can be beneficial because it not only exercises pelvic muscles for you but also teaches you how to control it.

  1. Diet to avoid constipation and obesity

Some healthy diet rich in fibres and fluids is important to avoid constipation and unnecessary weight gain.

  1. Low impact exercise

High impact exercises can put unnecessary pressure on your pelvic floor. Switch to low impact exercises to avoid the damage.

  1. Treat respiratory conditions

Respiratory conditions such as asthma, chronic bronchitis lead to frequent coughing and sneezing and create added pressure on the pelvic floor. Treating these conditions in time can avoid the unnecessary pressure and avoid leakage.

  1. Correct Posture

It is important to not put pressure on the pelvic organ support system and practice correct posture. It has been found that the best posture for pelvic floor health is a neutral spine.

standing-postureWhile standing: Allow your pelvis to be in a neutral position so that your low back isn’t super-arched or super flat.

While sitting: While sitting on a chair, the bottom of the pelvis should attempt to make contact with chair. Both of them. So avoid crossing of legs.

  1. Adapt healthy bladder and bowel habits
  • Go the toilet when your bladder feels full.
  • Don’t go just in case.
  • Go to the toilet when you get the feeling to open your bowels.
  • Don’t get in the habit of putting it off as you can become constipated. Stay on the toilet until you have completely finished.
  • Sit on the toilet with your elbows on knees, lean forward and put feet on a footstool. Push your tummy out above the belly button.

 

Vulvodynia

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Vulvodynia is persistent, unexplained pain in the vulva, which is the skin surrounding the vagina. The sensation of burning and soreness of the vulva can be continuous (unprovoked vulvodynia), or on light touch, e.g. Tampon use (provoked vulvodynia). Although the condition is persistent and without an obvious cause, there are steps which can be taken to help relieve the discomfort.

Most Common symptoms of vulvodynia

  • Burning, Stinging or rawness
  • Aching, soreness or throbbing

Possible causes of vulvodynia:

  • Nerve injury or irritation
  • Abnormal response in vulvar cells to an infection or trauma
  • Genetics,
  • Muscle Spasm
  • Hypersensitivity to yeast infections
  • Hormonal changes
  • Frequent antibiotic use.

Lifestyle tips:

  • Wear 100% cotton underwear and loose-fitting skirts or trousers.
  • Avoid scented hygiene products such as feminine wipes, bubble bath and soap
  • Avoid cycling and any other activities that put prolonged pressure on the vulva.
  • Avoid swimmingpools with lots of chlorine.
  • Keep the vulva clean and dry.
  • Try to reduce stress as high levels of stress can increase the pain of vulvodynia.

Pelvic Pain

Vulvodynia is not life threatening condition, still pain in vulva can greatly affect a women’s quality of life. It can have impact on her ability to exercise, socialise and work. Severe symptoms can affect relationships.

Several clinical studies have shown that electric muscle stimulation help to reduce pain associated with vulvodynia.

TensCare Perfect PFE comes with a pain program which helps relieve pain from vulvodynia.

 

Reference:

NHS Vulvodynia (persistent pain of the vulva) http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vulvodynia/Pages/Introduction.aspx

MEDICA World Forum for Medicine 16-19 November 2015: Düsseldorf, Germany.

Are you ready for Medica 2015?

TensCare Ltd Stand: 11 H41

Keeping busy at Medica

TensCare Ltd stand at Medica 2014

TensCare Ltd will once again be exhibiting at Medica World Forum For Medicine, one of the largest medical exhibitions in Europe, from 16-19 November in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Last year was a great success and this year we are looking to meet with new and existing customers to extend our product range and expand into new territories.

Visit us in Hall 11, Stand H41 to learn more about our range of drug-free electrotherapy units, providing pain relief and muscle toning to both home and professional environments:

> TENS for drug-free pain relief
> EMS for muscle toning & rehabilitation
> Maternity TENS for natural pain relief during childbirth
> Pelvic Floor Exercisers for bladder weakness & sexual well-being
> Interferential & Ultrasound for deep-seated pain relief & healing
> Multitherapy devices combining TENS, EMS, Interferential & Micro-Current for professional use

If you would like to learn more about our products, please contact us via email sales@tenscare.co.uk or visit our website www.tenscare.co.uk

If you would like to arrange a meeting with us during the event, please contact
Agnes Rasmussen via email agnes.rasmussen@tenscare.co.uk

You can also view the TensCare Ltd page via the Medica website here.

We look forward to meeting you there!

Join Hilary Barnett demonstrating the EmbaGYN on QVC UK (11am & 6pm, Wednesday 23rd September 2015)

Join our Continence Advisor Hilary Barnett on QVC UK to learn more about the EmbaGYN Pelvic Floor Trainer.

Hilary will be appearing on Wednesday 23rd September on both the 11am morning show and at 6pm on the ‘Look Good, Feel Good’ show, explaining how the EmbaGYN Pelvic Floor Trainer can help to significantly reduce bladder weakness, tone the pelvic floor after childbirth and improve sexual well-being.

With the EmbaGYN Pelvic Floor Trainer, you could see significant results in as little as 3 weeks!

Hilary will also be demonstrating how easy the unit is to set up and use in the comfort of your own home.Hilary QVC EmbaGYN

You can watch Hilary on the QVC UK TV channel or online here.

If you have any questions regarding the EmbaGYN or any of the above, please contact us.

EmbaGYN Pelvic Floor Trainer

Otherwise, enjoy the show!

Join Hilary Barnett demonstrating the Elise on QVC UK! (9am and 7pm, Tuesday 28th April 2015)

Join our Continence Advisor Hilary Barnett on QVC UK to learn more about the Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser.

Hilary will be appearing on Tuesday 28th April on both the 9am morning show and at 7pm on the ‘Look Good, Feel Good’ show, explaining how the Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser can help to significantly reduce bladder weakness, tone the pelvic floor after childbirth and improve sexual wellbeing.

Hilary on QVC Morning Show

She will also be demonstrating how easy the unit is to set up and use in the comfort of your own home.

You can watch Hilary on the QVC UK channel or online here.

If you have any questions regarding the Elise or any of the above, please contact us.

Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser

Otherwise, enjoy the show!

ECRM Awards: Winners of the Most Innovative Product 2015!

We’re excited to announce that we are the proud WINNERS of the ECRM Award for Most Innovative Product 2015!

The Award went to our Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser, chosen from a large range of products exhibited at the European Health Care, Vitamin, Diet & Nutrition event this year in Vienna.

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We were also awarded 1st place for the Best Room Display out of over 60 exhibitions!

We would like to thank all who voted for us, with special thanks to Lisa and Neil for their hard work and preparation for the exhibition in Vienna, from 10-12 February 2015.

If you would like to learn more about the Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser or any of our products, please see our website www.tenscare.co.uk

The TensCare Team 🙂

European Health Care, Vitamin, Diet & Nutrition 2015: Vienna

We’re exhibiting at the European Health Care, Vitamin, Diet & Nutrition from 10 February 2015 – 12 February 2015

Visit Neil and Lisa to learn more about our range of innovative, affordable and quality electrotherapy devices including TENS, EMS, IFT, Maternity TENS and Pelvic Floor Exercisers.

Our award winning units are recognised both nationally and globally as some of the best on the market.

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For more information or to book an appointment, please contact sales@tenscare.co.uk or call 01372 723 434

We look forward to seeing you there!

The TensCare team 🙂