Restore your
pelvic floor health

‘weak bladder’, ‘sensitive bladder’, ‘pelvic floor weakness’, ‘little accidents’. These are just a few of the ways people describe urinary incontinence, a condition that affects almost 1 in 3 women worldwide1. It can be slightly bothersome or completely debilitating and can impact many aspects of your day to day life leaving you feeling upset, frustrated or embarrassed. Yet it remains a difficult issue to talk about. In fact, chances are that you know someone who is affected. The important thing to understand is that it should not be tolerated – it can be treated successfully!

Understanding
the urinary system

The first step in tackling those unwanted leaks and strengthening your pelvic floor is to understand how your urinary system works.

Your urinary system starts with your kidneys. They rid your bloodstream of unneeded substances and send them your bladder, which can hold up to 500ml of fluid. When your bladder is half full, signals are sent to your brain letting you know it’s time to urinate. At this point fluid passes down your urethra, a tube which is kept closed by two muscles which work like valves. The first muscle valve opens when your bladder is full, but you can hold the second muscle valve closed until you reach a toilet. Your pelvic floor muscles, which lie under your bladder and around your urethra, keep these two muscle valves working properly.

The pelvic floor muscles are also responsible for holding the pelvic organs (bladder, bowel, and uterus) within the pelvis. It consists of a deep muscle layer and a superficial muscle layer that work together to keep your pelvic organs healthy and in good working order. These muscle layers support the organs like a ‘sling’ or ‘hammock’ that stretch from your pubic bone at the front of your body, to the base of your spine at the back.

As well as playing a big part in assisting with bladder and bowel function to keep you ‘dry’, the pelvic floor muscles also contribute to sexual function and help stabilise the pelvis and spine.

Common symptoms associated with
pelvic floor weakness
  • You can accidentally leak urine when you exercise, laugh, cough or sneeze.
  • You may find you need to get to the toilet in a hurry or not make it there in time.
  • You frequently need to go to the toilet.
  • You find it difficult to empty your bladder or bowel.
  • You uncontrollably break wind.
  • You have reduced vagina sensation.
  • Your tampon may dislodge or fall out.
  • You have a sensation of heaviness in the vagina.

What are the main causes
of pelvic floor weakness

Pregnancy and childbirth

A woman’s body goes through a lot of changes during pregnancy and childbirth. The combination of hormonal changes, pressure on your bladder from your womb and childbirth itself can all weaken your pelvic floor and lead to urinary incontinence.

Menopause

Menopause causes hormonal and physical change in a woman’s body. Most importantly there is less oestrogen produced, a hormone that helps keep the lining of the bladder and urethra healthy. Deterioration of these tissues can lead to incontinence.

Hysterectomy

In women, the bladder and uterus are supported by many of the same muscles and ligaments. Hysterectomy surgery can damage the supporting pelvic floor muscles, which can lead to incontinence.

Overweight

Being overweight can put extra pressure on abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, lessening your ability to control your bladder.

Other

Incontinence can also occasionally occur as a side effect of certain medications such as diuretics (check with your pharmacist) and can also be related to certain injuries, diseases and medical conditions.

What the expert says

“The ability to contract the pelvic floor muscles appropriately is paramount to improving the function, strength and endurance of these very important muscles which have an effect on continence and support of the pelvic organs. However, many women either perform them incorrectly or cannot elicit any type of contraction.“
— Dr. Ruth Maher
Dr. Maher is a Board Certified Specialist in Women’s Health by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialities (ABPTS). She is also a member of the International Continence Society, International Urogynecological Society, Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, and the Chartered Physiotherapists in Women's Health & Continence (CPWH) clinical interest group of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.

Sexual Dysfunction
and the Pelvic Floor

Sexual dysfunction is when you have a problem that prevents you from wanting or enjoying a healthy sex life. Your sex life can be greatly affected if your pelvic floor muscles are weakened or damaged3. Sexual sensation can be reduced, muscles feel slack, both resulting in an overall lack of sexual satisfaction.

Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles is a key factor in improving sexual function and you will soon start to feel the benefits of regular, targeted pelvic floor exercise3. Anyone can strengthen and improve their pelvic floor for better sex and health in general and while the causes of problems with sexual function can be complex, maintaining a healthy pelvic floor can help.

How urinary incontinence
affects your life

There’s no doubt that urinary incontinence (bladder weakness) can have a negative impact on many aspects of day to day life. It can sometimes even feel like it’s dominating your life. For those who aren’t affected it can be difficult to understand how simple daily activities can cause someone so much anxiety. Here are just some examples of what Irish adults with urinary incontinence had to say2:

How Vital compact can help

Vital Compact is a clinically proven device that delivers effective incontinence treatment and pelvic floor rehabilitation, without the need for an internal probe.

Easy to use as part of your daily routine, Vital Compact uses Multipath™ neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) to strengthen your pelvic floor, reducing leaks and helping you to regain control and confidence.

Approximately 500,000 treatment cycles have been completed with zero adverse incidents. It is widely prescribed by leading Irish and German uro/gynaecologists/physiotherapists and is clinically proven to deliver effective results.

Vital Compact treats the causes - and not just the symptoms of urinary incontinence.

Key benefits to you
Vital Compact

  • Treats the underlying cause and not just the symptoms of urinary incontinence
  • Is a safe, drug-free therapy
  • Targets the right muscles in the right way every time
  • Is clinically proven to strengthen your pelvic floor and improve your quality of life4
  • Can reduce your reliance and spend on absorbency pads
  • Is a home based therapy that is easy to use as part of your daily routine

How to use Vital Compact

HOME USE AS RECOMMENDED BY NEUROTECH AFTER DISCUSSION WITH YOUR CLINCIAN

Step by step

Vital Compact’s Multipath™
criss-cross technology

Vital Compact’s Multipath™ criss-cross technology strengthens your pelvic floor muscles in a completely safe, totally non-invasive accurate way. It does so by delivering highly focused cycles of contraction and relaxation which enable you to actually feel your pelvic floor ‘lifting’. This stimulation is delivered through comfortable garments worn around the upper thigh and buttocks.

By following the recommended 12 week program your pelvic floor, like any other muscle in the body can regain strength and tone, ultimately giving you back the control you need to prevent those unwanted ‘little accidents’5.

Multipath technology


Multipath technology

Vital Compact
Easy to use as part of your routine

Vital Compact works best when done on a regular schedule and all you need is 30 minutes a day.

Completing the
12 week treatment plan

If you have been using Vital Compact to alleviate your urinary incontinence symptoms, and your symptoms are better, what next?

Pelvic floor muscles, like any other muscle in your body, require regular training in order to maintain their tone and strength. Otherwise they may begin to weaken again. Effective and consistent exercises will provide life-long pelvic floor health and using Vital Compact twice weekly as part of your on going maintenance program will play a key role in this.

Vital compact
Strong and effective muscle rehabilitation

Vital Compact offers strong, effective muscle rehabilitation of your pelvic floor muscles. It works by activating and exercising these muscles using stimulated contraction and relaxation cycles. These cycles help to repair, maintain and build pelvic floor muscle strength.

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References

1 www.ics.org/Publications/ICI_3/v1.pdf/chap5.pdf http://www.ics.org/Publications/ICI_4/book.pdf
2 Urinary Incontinence awareness survey carried out by Empathy research between 30th Jan and 11th Feb 2015. 1007 adults participated, all in the Republic of Ireland.
3 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24628380 - Abstract: Women with greater pelvic floor muscle strength have better sexual function http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20087572 Abstract: Can stronger pelvic muscle floor improve sexual function?
4 Observation study on the treatment of stress, urge and mixed incontinence with Neurotech VitalTM with 104 study participants April 2013 – February 2014
5 Soeder, S, Tunn, R Pelvic floor centre, St. Hedwig Hospital, Berlin, 2012 “A pilot study to evaluate the safety and performance of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) with the Inko RS device for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence.” Publication in preparation. Poster. Presented at IUGA 2013. Dublin.