– FAQ –
1. Is it true that I don’t have to undress and that treatment does not involve attaching or inserting probes or such like? How is it possible that I don’t have to participate actively in the training, and can I do anything wrong?
Magnetic waves transport transmission-free signals into the muscles. They pass through the body without resistance. This makes it possible for patients to stay fully dressed without changing clothes for training. The patient takes a seat in the comfortable and individually adjustable training chair and allows the technology to do its work. During treatment, the muscles in the pelvic floor will rhythmically contract and relax without the patient being required to do anything at all. The treatment is so simple that there is literally nothing that a patient could do wrong. During treatment, patients may also read, use the phone and such like.
2. What advantages does pelvic floor training on the PelviPower have compared to classic pelvic floor training?
The most important advantages are that the PelviPower training does not require any effort from the patient and that it has a stronger effect than classic pelvic floor exercises or than is possible through independent training of the pelvic floor. What’s more, the training produces noticeable results in a much shorter time. It also strengthens all of the muscles in the core of the body, which can result in a marked improvement in muscular coordination in this area of the body.
3. How long does it take to notice an improvement in muscle tone? How many training sessions are required before I will notice an improvement?
Most users tend to notice the benefits of PelviPower training fairly quickly. The rate of improvement is different for every patient, although most patients report an improvement after around the 5th session, some earlier and some later. Overall, the first few treatment sessions tend to produce improvements quickly, while the subsequent sessions continue to strengthen and tone the muscles with each passing session.
4. What happens if the scheduled number of sessions is not enough? What if the therapy fails to produce the anticipated results?
Very few patients do not respond to PelviPower training. But even a 20-session training series may fail to produce the anticipated results in extremely rare cases. Practical experience has shown for instance that patients who have undergone surgery to raise the urethra and the sphincter mechanism or a radical hysterectomy may be significantly less likely to benefit from therapy. The same applies to patients who have suffered damage to the relevant muscle nerves; in this case the therapy would not have the desired effect and would not be advised because of the poor to absent prospects for success. However, every patient will be seen by their doctor over the course of the treatments for an intermediate consultation to discuss the results so far. If training has not been successful, an advisable option would be to change the settings used. The settings are then optimised in consultation with the doctor; the patient will also be monitored over a suitable period. It may be necessary to consult with the system developer.
5. How long do the effects of treatment last? Will I have to come back for more therapy in future once I have completed my training?
There is no single answer to this question. Firstly, the persistence of the effects of PelviPower training depends on the ‘condition’ in which the patient is discharged, and secondly on whether the patient is able to take up independent training themselves or physical exercise. The results will last much longer if the patient is able to do so after therapy. The aim is always to achieve this goal, as the patient may then no longer need any additional PelviPower therapy, even at an advanced age. If the patient is unable to train or exercise independently in any reliable form, experience has shown that they will benefit from repeating the training 6 to 12 months after the initial therapy, at least every now and then, even just once a week.
6. Would it help if I exercise my pelvic floor by myself as well? Would that contribute to the therapy’s success and would the effects last longer?
To date, there is no evidence that performing additional pelvic floor exercises speeds up treatment success. However, patients should start exercising their pelvic floor muscles themselves as early as possible. The PelviPower therapy enables patients to feel their pelvic floors earlier and more distinctly than with standard exercises. One benefit is that the patient quite quickly and purposefully develops improved body awareness of their pelvic floor muscles and can therefore train independently to stabilise the success of the treatment over time.
7. Is PelviPower training also used in rehab after a prostatectomy?
Yes, PelviPower is used to treat postoperative urinary incontinence and other conditions during rehabilitation after a prostatectomy. This takes time. The chances of success can be significantly improved if the patient starts treatment soon after surgery. PelviPower therapy is not recommended for patients suffering from an enlarged prostate and the associated hypersensitivity.
8. Is there any benefit in using PelviPower training as a preventative measure? I don’t have any complaints, but might training help prevent problems in future?
Yes. In principle, PelviPower training is also suitable for use as a preventative measure. This is because PelviPower therapy is capable of significantly strengthening the pelvic floor muscles in a very short period of time, depending on the initial state. Furthermore, training on the PelviPower can also contribute to toning and tightening the buttocks.
9. Will my body cope well with PelviPower training?
Patients tend to report that they tolerate therapy well to very well. The therapy is not strenuous in any way, but still stimulates blood circulation. Patients tend to experience the increase in blood flow to tissues that is induced during and after a training session on the PelviPower as pleasant and persistent.
10. What happens if I feel a sudden need to urinate during treatment?
In principle, emptying the bladder prior to treatment is recommended, but not necessary. Due to the muscle stimulation provided during treatment, it is very rare for patients to feel a sudden urge to urinate. However, if a patient ever does need to visit a toilet, it is no problem to pause the PelviPower. Treatment then continues from the same point when the patient returns from the toilet.
11. Are there any health restrictions? When is it not permitted to use PelviPower training?
Yes, there are health restrictions that are defined as absolute contraindications. PelviPower training must not be used during pregnancy, on people wearing electronic or metallic implants in the area between the knee and neck, e.g. insulin pump, pacemaker, defibrillator, hormone-releasing IU, hip joints made of metallic alloys, on patients with metallic screws, nails etc. in the area from 10 cm of the thigh above the knee up to the lower abdomen, or on patients with epilepsy or severe cardiac arrhythmias. In the case of surgery or radiation, the therapy may only be carried out 4 weeks after the treatment. Treatment may also cause discomfort in cases of fever, acute urogenital system infections and painful haemorrhoids. Sensitivity to treatment may also be greater than normal during menstruation, at least temporarily. In these cases, please always consult a doctor or therapist for advice on treatment.
12. Is there an age limit for treatment? Is PelviPower training also beneficial at an advanced age?
There are no age restrictions. Quite the contrary. The training method is offered by a lot of facilities for older people in particular, because of the higher incidence of urinary incontinence. So it is not rare to encounter patients aged 85 who are successfully using PelviPower training. As age increases, people tend to become less and less agile and may even lose mobility. In these cases especially, PelviPower training provides an efficient option and has the potential to help people regain some quality of life.