Why are we sometimes unsuccessful in strengthening our pelvic floor muscles?
Often because we don't exercise often enough, and for long enough. Women report that they:
- don't remember
- find it hard to fit exercises into daily life
- feel uncertain about whether the exercises are working
- are unsure if they are doing them correctly, particularly in the early stages
Using a device can help address some of these problems and encourage you to continue your pelvic floor exercise or kegel strengthening program.
Most importantly many women find that using a pelvic floor exercise device produces better results than unassisted exercising, so they are encouraged to keep going.
Home-based exercising can be done at any time that suits you and pelvic floor exercise devices help to maintain that all-important motivation.
It has been reported that many women drop out of assisted pelvic floor exercise programs that require clinic attendance because it can be too hard to keep appointments (MacInnes 2008)
We do, however strongly suggest that you see a health professional first for an assessment to ensure that you follwoing the right exercise program for your individual needs.
What evidence is there for the use of pelvic floor exercisers?
There is a growing amount of research showing many women achieve better results when they use pelvic floor exercise devices to assist them in doing pelvic floor exercises. See our RESEARCH pages for more information on vaginal balls and weights, biofeedback and electrical stimulation (NMES or E-stim)
Dr Kegel, the originator of the kegel exercise program, never intended his exercises to be conducted on an empty vagina. He developed an exercising product similar to the biofeedback devices available today such as Pelvic Floor Educator Elvie, Perifit .
Somewhere along the line, his message has been lost and for many years women have been encouraged to try unassisted exercising.
For many, this presents difficulties and you may be able to achieve better results with the assistance of a pelvic floor exercise or strengthening device which can provide resistance, motivation and biofeedback that shows you are doing it correctly and progressing.
Pelvic Floor Exercise brings together a range of the best devices available on the Australian market, to make choosing and buying easier.
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