Urinary incontinence (UI) or the loss of bladder control or overactive bladder, is quite common and can be an embarrassing problem. It can range in severity from urine leaking upon sneezing/coughing or for no reason, to getting a sudden strong urge to urinate that you can’t get to the bathroom in time. Most medical studies estimate that between 5% of individuals suffer from urinary incontinence. It can happen at any age, but is most common in women over fifty years old. If it happens frequently and it consistently disrupts your life, we suggest learning more about how Hi-EMT technology can help you solve your incontinence without drugs or surgery.
What are the most common causes of urinary incontinence (UI)?
The most common causes of UI are:
- urinary tract infections
- vaginal infection or irritation
- Certain medications
- Weak bladder or pelvic floor muscles
- Overactive bladder muscles
- Damage to nerves that control the bladder from diseases such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes, or Parkinson’s disease
- Diseases such as arthritis that may make it difficult to get to the bathroom in time
- Pelvic organ prolapse (when pelvic organs, such as the bladder, rectum, or uterus, shift out of their normal place into the vagina or anus).
- Injury or damage to nerves or muscles from surgery
- In men, prostatitis or an enlarged prostate gland, which can lead to benign prostate hyperplasia, a condition in which the prostate grows as men age
What is HI-EMT or HIFEM technology and how can it help with incontinence?
HI-EMT treatment is also known under the name brand EmSculpt® or shockwave therapy and it comes with a chair adaptor to provide “Core to Floor” therapy. It uses a combination of high-intensity focused electromagnetic wave stimulation (HIFEM) and HI-EMT waves designed to build and strengthen the core muscles and pelvic floor specifically to combat conditions such as incontinence or leakage due to weak bladder or pelvic floor muscles. HI-EMT is a cutting-edge technology that uses high-intensity focused electromagnetic waves (HIFEM) through a chair apator, which allows individuals to remain fully clothed and seated for treatment. It uses the power of HIFEM to stimulate pelvic floor muscles and restore neuromuscular control. It not only helps with urinary incontinence due to weak pelvic floor muscles, but also can help with fecal incontinence. This treatment causes the pelvic floor to become stronger and larger, thus improving blood flow to the pelvic floor. A reported beneficial additional effect in men is an improvement in erections and women benefit from tightening and strengthening the vaginal muscles.
Balanced Medical Solutions is one of the only clinics in the Bay Area currently offering HI-EMT for incontinence. Once it is determined what the underlying cause is, the experts at Balanced Medical Solutions will discuss if you are a good candidate for solving your urinary incontinence with HI-EMT or shockwave therapy.
What can I expect with HI-EMT treatment for incontinence?
If you are a good candidate for this break-through treatment, you will be prescribed a certain number of sessions (between 3-18), depending on the severity of your condition. Each session lasts about 30-40 minutes and creates thousands of pelvic floor muscle contractions, which is comparable to thousands of kegel exercises. It is painless and no recovery time is necessary so patients can resume their day as normal after each session.
What can I expect during an Incontinence Evaluation at Balanced Medical Solutions?
You can expect comprehensive care from the team and for only $99 (promo price), you will receive an Incontinence Evaluation with a medical specialist, which includes dozens of blood tests to better understand the underlying cause and your medical profile. Labs will include hormone tests and other screens for conditions that may be causing your condition.
Based on the information gathered during your evaluation, the team will develop your personalized recommended treatment plan based on your particular situation and the underlying causes. If HI-EMT or shockwave therapy is right for you, then you can expect to get started right away and begin saying goodbye to incontinence for many years. The team at Balanced Medical Solutions offers free office visits to monitor your response to treatment and to adjust your treatment as needed.
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