Pelvic floor machines through the NHS

Gadgets to help pelvic floor muscle retraining

It is always advisable to seek advice from a pelvic health physiotherapist before purchasing electrical stimulators to make sure it is the right treatment for you.

You may also be offered the use, or loan, of a pelvic floor stimulator as part of your treatment in the NHS or a private practice.

Treatment is variable, depending on your symptoms, diagnosis and preferences. It often includes pelvic floor exercises and relaxation techniques. You will be given advice and information about how to manage your symptoms. You may be given more general exercises, acupuncture, stretches, manual therapy, or the application of modalities such as electrical stimulation. Your physiotherapist will explain what they find and what they think is most likely to support your treatment journey.

One of those modalities is electrical stimulation. This is a small, battery-operated pack that delivers a specially programmed electrical charge to stimulate the pelvic floor muscles. The charge is usually carried to the muscles by using a small probe inserted into the vagina (in women) or anus (in men or women).

There are also some gadgets that apply the charge externally, via specially designed shorts or skin pads. However, the research shows that they are not quite as effective as the devices used internally.

Treatment can be carried out at home and a session lasts for around twenty minutes. It is not painful but might be a little uncomfortable, and the electrical charge gives you a prickling sensation that you are in control of at all times. Treatment may be done daily or two to three times a week, depending on your symptoms.

You can find a physiotherapist close to you in the Squeezy directory.

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