5 Reasons Why You Need a Pelvic Floor Exercise Device
Kegels – you’ve heard them, hell you might have even tried them. But are they working for you – how can you tell?
There are a range of devices on the market that can help improve the strength of your pelvic floor, but how do you know if you really need one?
What is a pelvic floor exercise device?
A pelvic floor exercise device can be used to help you perform Kegel exercises. Basic pelvic floor exercising devices typically offer biofeedback; this allows you to see when you are performing a pelvic floor muscle contraction correctly. A more advanced, electronic pelvic floor toner can work your pelvic floor muscles automatically. An electronic device, such as the Kegel8 Ultra 20 Electronic Pelvic Floor Toner, is a great choice for those who cannot correctly contract their pelvic floor muscles, or those who are already suffering the effects of a weak pelvic floor, e.g. little leaks or even pelvic organ prolapse!
Why YOU Need a Pelvic Floor Exercise Device
1. You’re not exercising correctly
Just like all our other muscles, our pelvic floor muscles need exercise too. However, it’s not as easy to notice if you’re exercising these internal muscles correctly. Lifting weights strengthens our biceps – we know this because we can see the change in muscle tone over time. But, with the pelvic floor muscles inside of our body, it’s hard to tell if you’re exercising them correctly and effectively.
50% of women perform pelvic floor exercises incorrectly. Rather than pulling their pelvic floor muscles up towards their navel, some women push downwards, causing even more stress to the muscles. The best way to learn how to use your pelvic floor muscles correctly is through biofeedback. Using a biofeedback device can help you to see whether you are exercising your pelvic floor muscles correctly or not.
The Kegel8 Vaginal Cones are a clinically proven pelvic floor strengthening system. With the addition of their unique indicator clip, the cones allow you to see, in real time, if you are contracting your muscles correctly. As you pull up and perform a Kegel, the tail of the cone will wave downwards. It’s that simple!
2. You’re already suffering
Whether it’s little leaks, rushing to the toilet, or even pelvic organ prolapse – it’s safe to say that your pelvic floor needs help, and it needs it fast.
If you’re already suffering and can’t perform an effective pelvic floor muscle contraction, your easiest option is an electronic pelvic floor toner. The best-selling Kegel8 Ultra 20 Electronic Pelvic Floor Toner has 20 clinically-proven programmes, developed with Specialist Physiotherapists, that target a variety of common pelvic floor related issues.
Kegel8 toners use neuromuscular electrical stimulation to target, exercise, and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. We promise, this isn’t as scary as it sounds! Your body actually uses electrical signals all of the time to tell your muscles when to work and relax – Kegel8 toners replicate this action.
3. You’re thinking about having a baby
Pregnancy and childbirth take a huge toll on your pelvic floor – and your pelvic floor muscles play a huge part throughout the journey. During pregnancy, the pelvic floor muscles help to support the weight of your baby in the womb. In childbirth, your pelvic floor muscles actually help to move your baby into an effective birthing position.
That’s why it’s important to recognise the importance of your pelvic floor before conception. Strengthening your pelvic floor before and after pregnancy is vital. The Kegel8 Mother Nurture Electronic Pelvic Toner & Labour TENS Machine can help you to do this. It combines the Kegel8 pelvic floor exerciser with a labour TENS machine to prepare your pelvic floor for pregnancy, provide natural pain relief during labour, and retrain your muscles after childbirth. Electrical stimulation cannot be used during pregnancy, but it’s important to strengthen your pelvic floor prior to conception and after birth.
4. You already have a baby
If you’ve already had a baby, chances are your pelvic floor has been to hell and back. Around 1 in 3 women suffer from urinary incontinence postpartum. But over 75% of women who were incontinent after childbirth are still incontinent 12 years later! That doesn’t have to be you! Take control of your bladder health and start your Kegel exercises!
It’s important that you allow your pelvic floor muscles to rest following childbirth. We recommend that you wait until your postpartum check-up until you begin exercising your pelvic floor again. Relaxing the pelvic floor is also an important factor to remember. Over-exercising your pelvic floor muscles can lead to weakness – so make sure you know how to properly relax them. The Kegel8 Ultra 20 Electronic Pelvic Toner includes both ‘Work’ and, more importantly, ‘Rest’ phases in the programmes, ensuring that your pelvic floor is properly cared for.
5. You’re peri/menopausal
If the hot flushes and night sweats aren’t bad enough, there’s another concern to add to your list of menopause symptoms. During the menopause, your oestrogen and collagen levels plummet significantly. This is bad news for your pelvic floor. The change in hormone and protein levels mean that the pelvic floor loses a lot of its strength and flexibility in a short amount of time.
This sudden weakness can bring on a whole host of pelvic floor disorders, including incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. That’s why, in the menopause more than ever, your pelvic floor muscles require crucial attention. If you don’t show any signs or symptoms of pelvic floor weakness, you still need to practice Kegel exercises every day to maintain your pelvic floor strength.
If you do, or begin to, suffer from pelvic floor weakness, make sure to take action immediately. The menopause is a wonderful period of change – don’t let your pelvic floor affect it.
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