Daily Mail Author, Cara Lee, promotes the Kegel8 Trainer to women looking for a pelvic floor toner in her article 'Do I Really Need…a pelvic floor muscle toner?' and asks expert, consultant urogynaecologist Mark Slack, his verdict…
Kegel8 Trainer Featured In The Daily Mail
This (Kegel8 Trainer) measures the strength of a woman’s pelvic floor muscles using an inflatable probe with a sensor. A unit attached to the probe offers voice prompts on how to exercise the pelvic floor properly – Cara Lee, Daily Mail.
Expert Verdict: When women think they’re exercising pelvic floor muscles, they may be contracting others – for example, in the abdominal area or buttocks, says consultant urogynaecologist Mark Slack, of Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.
Devices such as these (‘perineometers’) can indicate you’re working the right muscles, when in fact the wrong muscles are being used – this is because other muscles still transmit pressure which the device picks up. ‘The money would be better spent seeing a physiotherapist who teaches you how to tell when you’re squeezing your pelvic floor muscles, and these exercises should be done at least twice a day, making a difference after a minimum of three months.’
Whilst at Kegel8 we completely agree with the benefits of physiotherapy, we know all too well from our experience with physiotherapists and feedback from our customers that it’s not always so easy – a physiotherapist can have waiting lists two years long not to mention the headache of scheduling appointments around work and home-life commitments. The Kegel8 Trainer is a great home alternative and if you are lucky enough to have the assistance of a physiotherapist, the Kegel8 Trainer is a great way to practice in between sessions and monitor your own progress by measuring your muscles strength with its unique Squeeze Scale.
Mr Slack suggests buying a special ‘cone’ to practice the exercises against – as the muscle strengthens, women can retain heavier cones.
The Kegel8 Vaginal Cones are the perfect example of such cone – a set of three cones varying in both weight and size. The best bit about Kegel8’s cones is they have a unique indicator tail which can tell you whether you are exercising correctly… find out how.