Stress Incontinence Explained & Treatments

Sep 18, 2023 | Body, Health

Stress incontinence is a common bladder condition that affects millions of adults worldwide.

The most common symptom of stress incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine during physical activity. This can occur during activities such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercising, or lifting heavy objects. Other symptoms can include a frequent and urgent need to urinate, an inability to control the flow of urine, and a feeling of incomplete bladder emptying.

Stress incontinence is caused by weakened pelvic floor muscles. These muscles support the bladder and help to keep it in place. When these muscles become weakened, the bladder can shift and leak urine during physical activities.

The Importance Of Pelvic Floor
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that stretch from the pubic bone at the front to the coccyx at the back, and from one sitting bone (ischial tuberosity) to the other, very much like a hammock.

Strong pelvic floor muscles act to support and hold organs, such as the bladder, bowel, and womb in a female. When strong they also prevent leaking urine and faeces. The pelvic floor muscles also support the sexual sensation and function.

A female’s pelvic floor muscles support her bladder, bowel, and uterus (womb). The openings from these organs, the urethra from the bladder, the vagina from the uterus, and the rectum from the bowel, pass through the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor muscles wrap firmly around these passages to help keep them closed.

A male’s pelvic floor muscles support his bladder and bowel. The openings from these organs, the urethra from the bladder and the rectum from the bowel, pass through the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor muscles wrap firmly around these passages to help keep them closed.

Pelvic floor muscles can become weakened due to:

  • Not keeping the muscles active
  • Pregnancy
  • Birth of a child
  • Constipation
  • Being overweight
  • Persistent heavy lifting
  • High impact exercise
  • Persistent & long-term coughing
  • Surgery specific to bladder or bowel issues
  • Ageing

Treatment for Stress Incontinence

The treatment for stress incontinence depends on the severity of the condition. 

Mild cases of stress incontinence can sometimes be managed with lifestyle changes. These changes can include dietary changes, such as reducing caffeine and regulating how much fluid an individual drinks each day, weight loss, and bladder training, via Kegel and pelvic floor exercises. A programme should include a minimum of 8 muscle contractions at least 3 times a day and last for at least 3 months. If the exercises are helping after this time, you can keep on doing them.

Medications such as anticholinergics and alpha-blockers can also be used.

In more severe cases of stress incontinence, conventionally surgical treatments have been an option. These can include bladder sling procedures, artificial urinary sphincter, and bladder neck suspension. These procedures are designed to help support the bladder and reduce the risk of leakage. However, if you want to avoid an operation, which does not come without risk (HIFEM), technology treatments are a proven successful and safe solution.

Stress incontinence can be an embarrassing and uncomfortable condition, but it can be managed with (HIFEM) technology treatments along with some lifestyle changes.

If you think you may be suffering from stress incontinence, talk to a trained (HIFEM) practitioner or a GP for more information and treatment options.

Powerform V (HIFEM) Treatment
High Intensity Focused Electro-Magnetic Technology (HIFEM) is the latest proven treatment to provide accelerated muscle stimulation directly to the pelvic floor area.

This technology induces 15,000 pulses in a 30-minute session, which is not achievable voluntarily. To re-educate the pelvic floor muscles, 300-500 contractions are need to develop a new motor pattern, whereas 3000 – 5000 contractions are needed to erase and correct poor motor pattern.

The intense muscle contractions stimulate muscle hypertrophy, creating new protein strands and muscle fibres. In this way the muscle tissue is re-educated and adapts, resulting in increased muscle density, volume, and strength.

HIFEM also triggers the body’s natural production of new muscle fibres and proteins, which further strengthens and tones the pelvic floor and improves the neuromuscular links between the brain and the bladder, significantly aiding the symptoms of urge incontinence.

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Some benefits of HIFEM Treatment:

  • Delivers 15,000 pulses in 30 minutes
  • Intense pelvic floor muscle contraction
  • Lifts pelvic floor muscles
  • Tightens on pelvic floor muscles
  • Performed while fully clothed
  • A relaxing seated treatment
  • Suitable for women & men over 18 years
  • Non-invasive
  • Painless
  • Safe & controlled
  • No risk associated with surgery
  • No downtime

HFEM Benefits Include:

  • Tighten weak pelvic floor muscles
  • Repair loose pelvic floor muscles
  • Prevent weak pelvic floor muscles
  • Prevent leaking urine
  • Prevent leaking faeces
  • Improve continence control
  • Improve sexual sensation
  • An ideal Post Natal treatment
  • Boost your confidence

Why book a Powerform V (HIFEM) package at the Emporium Treatment Clinic?

With the Powerform V (HIFEM) you can achieve excellent results in re-educating and toning pelvic floor muscle, suitable for men and women’s wellbeing at any age over 18 years.

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    At the Emporium Treatment Clinic in Marylebone we are here to help. We offer a comfortable environment for you to enjoy the Powerform V (HIFEM). No need to change your clothing, bring a book and relax. At your first session, your practitioner will complete a detailed consultation to establish your personal improvement goals, which will determine the optimum treatment to suit you. Once completed you can enjoy the benefits of the chair.

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