Hello all! My name is Hannah, and I run the New U Clinic in Nottingham, that offers a revolutionary non-invasive treatment for incontinence, using the amazing new BTL Emsella chair. Firstly, I’d like to say a big thank you to the lovely Samantha at Incontinence UK for inviting me to write this guest blog, and giving me the opportunity to talk about such an important issue, what we do, and why I feel so passionately about my work. Secondly, to all of you wonderful ladies out there affected by those little leaks or embarrassing oops! moments, I’d just like to say: don’t give up hope – we can help!
As I’m sure you know, this is no small issue; incontinence is a life changing problem for over 200 million people worldwide, and sadly one that is rarely talked about. Too embarrassed to speak to doctors or even friends about the problem, most women affected by urinary incontinence simply suffer in silence, with only half of them ever seeking help.
When our pelvic floor muscles aren’t strong enough to sufficiently support the pelvic organs, we are no longer able to control the bladder, and the involuntary loss of urine inevitably follows. The deconditioning of these muscles can be for a number of reasons, from the natural ageing process, to the stress put on the body by childbirth. Consequently, millions of women, of all ages and apparent fitness, are affected and have to live with incontinence.
There are three main types of incontinence. Firstly, there is urge incontinence, which has sufferers relentlessly checking (and running!) for the nearest loo, and living with being exhausted from constantly getting up throughout the night. Secondly, there is stress incontinence, which is characterised by involuntary leaks occurring as a result of everything from coughing, sneezing, lifting, exercising, and laughing. Finally, there is mixed, which results in a combination of the two. Whichever form you experience, the effects on the lives of the women affected by incontinence is no laughing matter.
Whilst there has been a great deal of research on the area, until recently, the help that doctors have been able to offer has been somewhat limited. I’m sure we’ve all heard about kegel exercises, and how they can help build the strength of our pelvic floor – I even heard Lorraine Kelly discussing the ’Pelvic Floor Challenge’ on Women’s Hour yesterday morning. But while it is fantastic to hear more people discussing the subject these days, and beginning to break down the stigma attached to the subject, for many women, all the kegels in the world aren’t going to be enough to put an end to the leaks.
So when I heard about the amazing new Emsella chair, developed by medical technology group BTL, achieving an impressive rate of 95% of treated patients reporting significant improvement in their quality of life, I had to find out more.
The chair uses electromagnetic energy to cause deep pelvic floor muscle stimulation, rebuilding the de-conditioned muscles to support your pelvic organs, and ultimately restoring control of the bladder. In one 28-minute session, the Emsella chair stimulates the equivalent to 11,000 supramaximal kegels, far past the level any person would be able to achieve without the chair, however determined they might be with their exercise regime!
The results have been astounding, with the newly reconditioned muscles giving a significant and lasting restoration of bladder control, to help significantly reduce and even stop urinary incontinence, with many patients reporting a noticeable positive effect even after the first session. What’s more, is that these results are consistently achieved day in, day out, for women of all ages, and with all of the common causes for their incontinence.
Another mayor advantage of treatment for incontinence using the Emsella chair, is that is it quite so easy – whilst many are put off seeking help by the idea of embarrassing and painful procedures, this treatment is completely non-invasive, and is quick, painless, and highly effective. You remain fully clothed, and simply sit on the Emsella chair and read a magazine, whilst the chair does all the work for you!
Needless to say, before long, plans were in action to bring this treatment to my hometown of Nottingham. I have only recently opened the New U Clinic, where I offer this treatment, but already the effects on the lives of the ladies I have treated has been incredible. Every day I hear another heart-breaking story of how a wonderful strong woman has been held back, embarrassed, and had her self-confidence, physical health, social, or intimate life destroyed by incontinence. And every day, I’m able to help another lady take back control, get her life back on track, and face a brighter future without the worries of incontinence!
Thanks again to all of you for taking the time to read this guest blog. I hope you’ve found it interesting and informative, that it will give you the confidence to reach out for help if you need it, and that it will get you talking to your nearest and dearest about these issues without embarrassment – the more we discuss these things, the more the power of the stigma is removed, and the more people will find their ways towards effective treatment. If you, or anyone you know is affected by incontinence, we’d love to hear from you, so please get in touch for a free confidential consultation, or to find out more, see www.stopincontinence.co.uk.
New U Clinic, Nottingham