Stress incontinence affects nearly 1 in 3 women in the United States (Cameron & Haraway, 2011). It can be inconvenient and embarrassing to leak urine when coughing, sneezing, laughing, moving suddenly, or exercising. Despite its prevalence, stress incontinence is not considered a normal part of aging and indicates the pelvic floor is not functioning correctly. Perifit provides focused pelvic floor training using biofeedback technology resulting in fast and significant improvements for those with incontinence.
Why does stress incontinence happen?
One main function of the pelvic floor, among others, is to support the bladder and control the flow of urine. During physical activities like sneezing or running, the pressure in the abdomen,and therefore on the bladder, increases.
In a well-functioning pelvic floor, the muscles are able to reflexively contract and maintain closure of the urethral sphincters during these high-pressure activities.
When the pelvic floor is weakened, however, the muscles cannot produce a strong enough contraction to keep the urethral sphincters closed. Pelvic floor muscle weakness may be caused by pregnancy, childbirth, back and hip pain as well as impaired posture or body mechanics.
How to treat stress incontinence?
If you are experiencing incontinence of any kind, first discuss symptoms with your medical provider to ensure you are receiving a thorough examination to rule out any complications. Once you have established your symptoms are due to stress incontinence and weak pelvic floor, muscle training should begin in order to prevent urine leakage and improve overall pelvic health.
The first line of treatment to prevent and correct stress urinary incontinence is to strengthen the pelvic floor with pelvic floor muscle training (DiBenedetto, Coldessa, & Floris, 2008). Adding pelvic floor exercises to your daily routine, especially when safely guided by Perifit, is the most effective remedy to increase your pelvic floor strength.
What are the best pelvic floor exercises to stop stress incontinence?
The pelvic floor consists of both slow and fast twitch muscle fibers. Fast twitch muscle fibers make up approximately 40% of the pelvic floor, which adapt quickly and reflexively to keep the urethral sphincter closed when the pressure increases. Slow twitch fibers make up approximately 60% of the pelvic floor, and function to support the pelvic organs throughout the day. The most effective exercises addressing stress incontinence are those that target fast twitch muscle fibers. These exercises, such as Kegel exercises, focus on the closing function of the pelvic floor and therefore prevent leakage.
This is why Perifit training is so effective. Perifit technology helps you effectively recruit fast twitch muscle fibers when performing Kegel exercises, while you complete fun in-app games. Perifit assesses your performance, provides feedback upon completion of each exercise, and tracks overall progress toward your pelvic floor strengthening goals.
Cameron, A. P., & Haraway, A. M. (2011). The treatment of female stress urinary incontinence: An evidenced-based review. Open access journal of urology, 3, 109-20. doi:10.2147/OAJU.S10541
DiBenedetto, P., Coldessa, A., Floris, S. (2008) Rationale of pelvic floor muscles training in women with urinary incontinence. Minerva Ginecologica, 60(6):529-541] Retrieved from https://europepmc.org/abstract/med/18981979