July 12, 2023
If you have ever wondered if you needed to invest some big bucks into some fancy device to stop your bladder leaks or urinary incontinence, then this article is for you.
We live in a world and age where there is tons of technology. Everywhere you look, social media, Google, the morning news shows, they’re all talking about new devices. Why is that? Well, because women are starting to talk about their bladder leaks and incontinence issues in ways that I have not seen over the last 20-something years.
When I first started doing pelvic health, it was still really hush-hush, but as I’ve continued to work in this field, I’ve realized that women do not want to be alone in dealing with these issues. One in three women tend to have some sort of pelvic floor issue or will experience a pelvic floor issue in their lifetime. It’s a pretty high statistic, so it’s no surprise that companies are now developing all sorts of devices and products for women to help with incontinence.
I am not going to discuss any specific device or product. I don’t like to bash anybody. I believe that everyone who’s out there trying to help women stop bladder leaks has their hearts in the right place. However, as a pelvic floor physical therapist, I’ve seen women spend lots of money on lots of different things that didn’t do the trick. I want to help you avoid making the same mistakes.
There are devices out there now where you can insert them into your vagina and they connect to your phone through an app. You can play games, do kegel exercises, and track your progress. There are all sorts of different devices and products available. But here’s my reasoning: a lot of these devices cost a lot of money, and there are a lot of empty promises that come with them.
Did people get better because of the device or in spite of the device? That’s the question I always wonder. It’s important to consider other factors such as adjustments, modifications, changes in lifestyle, or the body’s ability to heal itself. My opinion is that many of these devices focus solely on kegel contractions, which is just one way to activate your pelvic floor. There are actually four ways to activate your pelvic floor, and kegels are only one of them.
It’s essential to understand the anatomy of the pelvic floor and the direction of the muscle fibers. The muscles run vertically, laterally, and some even rotate horizontally. Many devices overlook this complexity and focus only on one aspect. So, while these devices may be good at helping you with kegel contractions, they may not address the entire pelvic floor.
Instead of investing in expensive devices, I recommend seeking help from a qualified pelvic floor physical therapist. They can provide personalized assessments and treatment plans tailored to your specific needs. Pelvic floor exercises and techniques can be learned and practiced without the need for fancy gadgets. By working with a therapist, you can learn to activate all the muscles of your pelvic floor and improve your symptoms naturally.
Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to pelvic floor issues. It’s important to take a holistic approach and address the underlying causes. So, before you spend your hard-earned money on expensive devices, consider consulting a pelvic floor physical therapist who can guide you in the right direction.
Investing in your pelvic health is important, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. With the right guidance and knowledge, you can take control of your pelvic floor and find relief from bladder leaks and incontinence. Don’t let the fancy devices fool you.