The Truth About Kegel Devices: A Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist’s Perspective

May 22, 2024

Are Kegel chairs the future of pelvic floor health, or are they just another gimmick? As a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist with years of experience, I’ve been inundated with questions about these devices. Today, I want to share my insights and opinions on Kegel chairs and similar products flooding the market.

Firstly, let’s address the hype around Kegel chairs. These contraptions claim to do your Kegels for you, promising improvements in pelvic floor dysfunction after just a few sessions. But are they worth the hefty price tag? Many sessions can cost upwards of $500, or even more for a package deal. While some may find success with these devices, I urge caution.

From an investment standpoint, I have reservations. Why spend thousands on a device when that money could be better invested in personalized care from a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist? A trained professional can conduct a thorough assessment and tailor a program specifically for your needs, addressing underlying issues that a one-size-fits-all device might overlook.

But let’s delve deeper into the science behind pelvic floor health devices. Many of these devices focus solely on Kegel exercises, which involve contracting and relaxing the pelvic floor muscles. While Kegels can be beneficial, they’re just one piece of the puzzle.

The pelvic floor is a complex system of muscles that move in multiple directions—up and down, front to back, side to side, and even rotationally. Neglecting these other movements can lead to imbalances and further dysfunction. That’s why I advocate for a holistic approach to pelvic floor health, one that encompasses a range of exercises and movements, not just Kegels.

Moreover, not everyone may benefit from increased Kegel exercises. Some individuals may already have tight pelvic floor muscles, and further contraction could exacerbate their symptoms. This underscores the importance of individualized care and professional guidance.

So, what’s the bottom line? While Kegel chairs and similar devices may offer convenience, they’re not a substitute for personalized care from a qualified Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist. Investing in professional guidance can provide a comprehensive assessment, personalized treatment plan, and ongoing support tailored to your specific needs.

If you’re hesitant about spending money on traditional therapy sessions, there are alternative options like virtual consultations or online programs developed by pelvic floor experts (like our program My Core Floor). These can offer personalized guidance at a fraction of the cost of a Kegel chair session.

In conclusion, while the allure of Kegel chairs may be tempting, don’t overlook the value of professional care. Your pelvic floor health is too important to gamble on gimmicky devices. Seek out qualified professionals who can provide the personalized attention and expertise you deserve. Your pelvic floor will thank you in the long run.

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