Are you unknowingly neglecting your bodies biggest unsung hero?
For a lot of us, spending our time, money and energy working on perfecting the more aesthetic aspects of our bodies, feels like the norm. We’ll try and commit (where possible) to exercising our bums, tums, arms, legs, you name it – covering the greys by visiting the salon, or indulging in the latest fashion trend. It’s easy to feel the pressure to keep ourselves in the best shape we can, but there is also an undeniable confidence boost that we as individuals feel when we know we are looking after ourselves.
However, one area of our bodies that we often unknowingly neglect is our pelvic floor. You might find it surprising to learn that strengthening the pelvic floor can deliver a whole host of benefits, including that often much-needed boost of inner confidence that we constantly strive for.
Pelvic Floor & Women’s Health Expert Jane Wake shares the Top 5 benefits of Strengthening the Pelvic Floor, to motivate us all to give a little more love to our bodies biggest unsung hero…
1. Give you control over your bladder & bowel
If you experience leaks when you cough, laugh or sneeze (stress incontinence) or are in constant need of the loo (urge incontinence), you might be surprised to learn that this is an extremely common condition. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 10 men in the UK suffer from various degrees of bladder weakness every single day, so you’re not alone! In fact, it’s more common than hay fever!
Shaped like a basin, the pelvic floor muscles hold the all-important pelvic organs (bladder, uterus and bowel) in place and supports the bladder to provide control when you wee. These muscles can weaken over our life for a wide range of reasons, from childbirth & pregnancy, menopause, ageing, high impact sports & exercise, and even as a result of prostate cancer surgery (in men). Exercising these muscles using pelvic floor exercise devices such as INNOVO, can enable you to regain control over your pelvic floor, and prevent leaks as a long-term, permanent solution.
2. Improve sexual sensation & orgasmic potential
It has been suggested that those that can activate their pelvic floor will experience increased sexual satisfaction and more intense orgasms1. Alternatively, those with a weakened or damaged pelvic floor may experience a loss in sensation.
3. Strengthen the core for a flatter tummy
For a strong midsection and flatter tummy, the whole of the core must work effectively – and this includes the pelvic floor. Our ‘washboard’ abdominal muscles are purely ‘superficial muscles;’ for a truly strong core, we need to strengthen the muscles on the inside - this starts from the pelvic floor and lifts up into deep muscles that strengthen the spine and draw your tummy in.
4. Relieve back pain
Back pain can be caused by a weakened core. When the core muscles – predominantly the pelvic floor muscles – are weak, other muscles have to overcompensate, leading to poor posture and back pain. Strengthening the pelvic floor will increase overall core strength and support the back.
5. Prevent prolapse
Pelvic organ prolapse is when one or more of the pelvic organs (uterus, vagina, bowel or bladder) drops from its normal position and bulges against the vagina. A strong pelvic floor holds all of these organs in place and keeps everything where it should be.
How to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles
Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles provide the above-mentioned benefits, but how exactly do you do them? Pelvic Floor Expert & Pilates Instructor Jane Wake explains how to do these in this 5-minute podcast from our 'Invisible Workout' series.
INNOVO strengthens the pelvic floor muscles for you
INNOVO offers an innovative and highly effective solution for strengthening the pelvic floor muscles in the comfort and privacy of your home.
INNOVO is a clinically proven, truly non-invasive and long-lasting solution to urinary incontinence. Easy to use and comfortable to wear, INNOVO helps you safely and effortlessly strengthen and re-educate the entire network of pelvic floor muscles through gentle muscle stimulation.
Using INNOVO for just 30 minutes a day/five days a week over 12 weeks has been proven to treat bladder weakness – delivering results in as little as four weeks1.
INNOVO treats Stress, Urge & Mixed Incontinence in both women and men of all ages, and is the only non-invasive pelvic floor exerciser that targets the root cause of the problem. INNOVO’s Urge Incontinence treatment programme can help with an overactive bladder as the stimulations are designed to calm down the muscles spasms that occur in OAB and which trigger your constant need to use the loo.
A clinical study found that:
- 80% of users saw a significant reduction in leaks after just 4 weeks1
- 87% of users were defined as either dry or almost dry after 12 weeks2
- 90% of users would recommend the therapy to others3
1 Soeder S, et al, A randomised, controlled, double-blind, clinical study to compare two neuromuscular stimulator devices in female stress urinary incontinence: Effects on symptoms and quality of life. IUGA Conference 2018
2 R. Dmochowski – Novel external electrical muscle stimulation device for the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence: randomized controlled noninferiority trial versus intravaginal electrical stimulation. ICS Conference 2018
3 Observational study on the treatment of stress urinary incontinence with Innovotherapy, April 2014