You are not alone!

Even though awareness is improving, incontinence still remains a taboo subject today. This is despite the fact that an estimated 1 in 3 women1 and 1 in 10 men will suffer with some form of a weak pelvic floor/sensitive bladder during their lifetime. It can have a profoundly negative and distressing effect on many aspects of your everyday life and can be very difficult to discuss.

Many will not report their condition to their doctor and so end up putting up with accidents and wearing pads as a way of managing their symptoms for many years. The simple fact is you should not leak when you cough, sneeze, laugh, exercise or during sex. You should also be able to control the urge to go to the toilet and make it there on time and not have to constantly go ‘just in case’.

While it is often thought of as an age-related problem, the causes are diverse and it can occur at any time throughout adult life. It is important to understand that bladder weakness should not be simply tolerated – it can be treated successfully!

For more information on urinary incontinence please watch Dr Ciara Kelly’s video with Laura Haugh from Mummypages.ie which answers frequently asked questions on this topic. 

Watch this interview with leading physio Aoife Ni Eochaidh and her patient Helen Devaney, discussing the common problem of bladder weakness on Ireland AM with Mark Cagney and Sinead Desmond.

Breakthrough Treatment

Pelvic floor muscles support the bladder and automatically react to close the bladder outlet when you cough or sneeze. For many reasons such as childbirth, menopause, surgery, these muscles can be damaged or weakened and are no longer as effective at controlling the bladder.

There are many approaches to pelvic floor weakness treatment including behavioural therapies, physiotherapy, drug-based therapy and surgery. Traditional neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) and EMG Biofeedback devices that require the use of an internal probe, have been recommended by clinicians for many years. These devices work by training and strengthening the pelvic floor muscles, however, many people find using an internal probe uncomfortable and invasive and therefore lose out on the benefits of this treatment. Achieving a strong, effective pelvic floor whilst using an internal probe can be difficult. The option of using small external electrodes also limits the effectiveness of traditional NMES based stimulation.

How Vital Compact
works

Vital Compact is a clinically proven, pioneering therapy, the first to deliver neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) via external garments, without the need for an internal probe. These comfortable garments are worn around the upper thighs and buttocks and hold eight large electrodes ideally located to deliver stimulation across the pelvic floor safely and comfortably. Activating and exercising the pelvic floor muscles using cycles of contraction and relaxation ensures stronger, more effective muscle recruitment. The user-friendly controller allows you to increase and decrease the level of simulation giving you full control at all times. Vital Compact guarantees that the right muscles are targeted in the right way every time.

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Using neurotech Vital
is easy

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Suitable for you

Vital Compact has been designed to provide effective, discreet and comfortable treatment for stress, urge and mixed incontinence in both men and women. The simple, user-friendly, application allows you to train your pelvic floor muscles in the comfort of your own home.

What the expert says

“The Vital not only produces the perfect contraction it also provides a sensory awareness of the contraction and what it should feel like thus teaching the appropriate contraction.“
— Dr. Ruth Maher

VITAL COMPACT
The Key Benefits

  • It treats the underlying causes and not just the symptoms of urinary incontinence
  • It is clinically proven to reduce leaks
  • It is a safe, drug-free therapy
  • It is simple and comfortable to use and can be easily incorporated into your daily routine
  • It can reduce your reliance and spend on absorbency pads
  • It targets the right muscles in the right way every time
  • No uncomfortable internal probe required
  • An effective treatment that you can use in the comfort and privacy of your own home
  • Suitable for women and men

Using Vital Compact to treat
urge incontinence

A specifically designed butterfly electrode is placed on the lower back. The sacral nerves are stimulated to obtain a ‘detoning’ effect. This helps to reduce the over-activity of the detrusor mechanisms which control bladder activity.

what the expert says
Dr. ruth maher explains

Dr. Ruth M. Maher, Associate Director and Professor at Shenandoah University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program in Virginia, USA was a key developer for the Neurotech Vital. Here’s what she has to say.

Ruth Maher

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. 
Our results have been outstanding in studies which were carried out in the USA, Ireland and Germany in women. Many women had severe leakage which resolved completely or significantly improved following home use of the device. 
I have worked in the area of pelvic health for 15 years and can honestly say the Vital is a ground breaking device for the treatment of SUI. 

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.

 

Vital Compact
my treatment plan

Easy to fit into your daily routine

Vital Compact works best when done on a regular schedule and all you need is 30 minutes a day. Whether you are using Vital Compact to treat Stress, Urge or Mixed Incontinence, below is a sample treatment plan that can be easily incorporated into your daily routine.

Completing the
12 week treatment plan

If you have been using Vital Compact to alleviate your urinary incontinence symptoms, and your symptoms are better, does that mean you should stop using it?

No, 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.

pelvic floor Tips

Once you have reached your goal with Vital Compact and have moved onto a maintenance program, why not also introduce regular pelvic floor exercises for added benefit. A strong pelvic floor ensures long term strength, tone and elasticity. When done correctly, pelvic floor exercises are really effective. Knowing how to do them correctly can be difficult so contracting the right muscles are key to ensuring you are getting the best out of your exercises.

How do I recognise the pelvic floor muscles?

The stop test

When sitting on the toilet passing urine, try to stop or slow mid stream. This will show you the basic technique required to contract the pelvic floor muscles. (Remember this is a test only and not an exercise so don’t get into the habit of doing it)

The self test

Insert one or two fingers into the vagina and tighten your pelvic floor to see if you can feel the squeeze.

The Pelvic Floor exercise

When sitting on the toilet passing urine, try to stop or slow mid stream. This will show you the basic technique required to contract the pelvic floor muscles. (Remember this is a test only and not an exercise so don’t get into the habit of doing it) to start, it is best to do it in a position that will enable you to isolate the pelvic floor muscles. Sit comfortably on an upright chair, knees slightly apart and weight evenly distributed on both buttocks or lie down with your knees bent and slightly apart.

Slowly tighten the pelvic floor starting at the back passage (think of trying not to pass wind) and next tighten around your vagina (think of stopping the flow of urine mid stream). Squeeze and lift both areas together and hold for 2 seconds. Then completely release for 2 seconds. Increase to 3 seconds hold and 3 seconds relax. Over time the goal is to hold for 10 seconds and rest for 10 seconds. It is important to release the muscles completely. Try to do this twice a day for 20 repetitions, morning and evening. You can also practice quick contractions – 1 or 2 second contractions followed by 5 seconds rest. Everyone is different so your exercise programme should suit your needs. A good guide would be to aim for 5 minutes, 2 or 3 times daily. Once you become familiar with your pelvic floor muscles you will find it easier to do the exercises while standing. This way you can do them while going about everyday life e.g. standing in a queue, ironing etc.

get the most out of
your muscle training

  • Make sure you are focusing on the pelvic floor muscles and not your buttocks, abdominal or thigh muscles
  • Don’t hold your breath - correct breathing as you contract your muscles is important. Holding your breath makes it difficult for you to focus on the pelvic floor tightening and relaxing
  • Try to do the exercises each day until the muscles feel tired
  • Constantly aim to squeeze harder and hold for longer
  • Record how many you do and for how long to see your progress

Important tips

  1. 01 Squeeze when you sneeze – Just before you cough or sneeze, quickly squeeze and hold the muscle as tight as you can, go ahead and sneeze or cough and then release. You can practice holding while coughing.
  2. 02 Controlling the urge to go – take a few deep breaths and squeeze hard until the urge fades a little. Reduce the squeeze but continue to hold while you make your way to the toilet.
  3. 03 Don’t keep going to the toilet ‘just in case’ – try to focus on your improved pelvic floor strength and use it to give you confidence.
  4. 04 During exercises or more strenuous activities, keep the muscles tightly squeezed for extra control.
  5. 05 Avoid large quantities of tea, coffee and alcohol.
  6. 06 Drink the recommended 1.5 litres of water daily.

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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