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Have You Just Been Diagnosed With Faecal Incontinence?
This entry was posted on 27/10/2010.
So you've been diagnosed with faecal incontinence or you're worried it could affect you in the near future. Did you know that it is preventable and in some cases even reversible? We recently had a customer call in asking about using her Kegel8 Ultra A. She was diagnosed with faecal incontinence and wanted to know how she could use her Kegel8 pelvic floor exerciser to the best of her advantage.
Is There a Recommended Schedule?
If your Kegel8 doesn't come with an anal programme, here are the instructions on how to program it in. If you need any help, please contact our helpline. Alternatively, you can send it back to us and we can program it in for you! It's a 15 minute programme which is to be used once a day while standing up. If you are using your Kegel8 vaginally as well, you can alternate days between using a standard vaginal programme and the anal programme. You can even use both the vaginal and anal probe at the same time, managing the mA's independently.
Ideally you should use the machine once a day, ot twice if you have time. However do not perfrom two programmes back to back as this will only fatigue your pelvic floor and be counterproductive. Aim to do one programme in the morning and the second (if possible) at night. In addition to using your Kegel8 anal programme, you should also be doing 10 minutes a day of manual kegel exercises, squeeze and lift as if you are trying to hold in wind.
How Long Should I Be Using My Kegel8?
Generally, you will be using it about 6 to 8 weeks or until you see results. Our customer told us that her GP advised her that she no longer needed surgery! How's that for a result!
Once you've attained your desired results, as with any exercise you have to maintain them. Once or twice a week to maintain the strength should keep your pelvic floor fit - but remember a kegel a day keeps the prolapse at bay!
Why can't I get my mA's over 20?
This programme was designed by physiotherapists specifically for rectal use with anal prolapse and fecal incontinence in mind. Anything higher than 20 mA's and your sphincter muscles will fatigue with over use. What you want is gradual strength training rather than wearing yourself out.