If you cross your legs before sneezing or visit the bathroom at every opportunity to reduce the chance of bladder leaks, you’re not alone.
In fact, the Canadian Incontinence Foundation estimates that 3.3 million Canadians suffer from some type of urinary incontinence. While there are exercises that can help strengthen the weakened pelvic floor muscles, it can be difficult to isolate and strengthen those specific core muscles.
“I talk to my patients about incontinence every day in my practice,” says Emily Greb, Nurse Practitioner, Medical Director and Owner of Face First Medical Aesthetics and Wellness. While pelvic floor exercises can help, Emily says many are exploring innovative treatments that can strengthen those muscles in non-invasive ways.
As a mother and a running enthusiast, Emily says she suffered with incontinence as well, until she discovered the Emsella Chair.
“As soon as I tried it, I knew I wanted to offer it to our patients,” says Emily.
The Emsella Chair works by using electromagnetic energy to stimulate the muscles deep in the pelvic floor, without an intimate exam. Each session, patients experience over 11,000 Kegel-like contractions that train the muscles without any effort.
It’s non-invasive and pain free. Patients simply sit in the Emsella Chair, fully clothed.
While Emsella can be used independently to treat their pelvic floor muscles, Emily says she suggests taking a ‘core to floor’ approach treatment.
“By strengthening your core – your abdominal muscles – and your pelvic floor together, you get much better results,” says Emily.
The Emsculpt Neo – an applicator that uses electromagnetic and radiofrequency energy to stimulate muscle contractions – is Face First’s latest in-house treatment option, targeting and strengthening patients’ specific muscle groups.
“You can use it on your biceps, triceps, and glutes,” says Emily. “But when used on your core muscles, in conjunction with the Emsella, it is an extremely effective treatment for incontinence and diastasis in postpartum patients.”
While these treatments are game-changers for new mothers, they are not exclusively for women.
In men, the Emsella increases blood flow to the pelvic area, potentially helping with erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence.
And the EmSculpt Neo, when used with a healthy exercise regime, can tone stubborn muscle groups.
“It’s also wonderful for those with mobility issues, to strengthen core muscles that help with balance and stability,” says Emily.
Book a consultation Before beginning treatments, it’s essential that you book a clinic consultation to assess your needs and see if these treatments are right for you.
“These treatments are available to locals and cottagers alike,” says Emily. “At Face First, we want you to look and feel your best. You deserve to enjoy life confidently.”
TEXT SHELANNE AUGUSTINE | PHOTOS ANDREW FEARMAN