Sit AND Get Off The Pot

Innovative chair therapy alleviates annoyance of urinary incontinence.

BTL Emsella® chair

It is truly ironic that something as seemingly inconsequential as a hearty laugh can spark a sudden involuntary loss of urine because Katelyn Price speaks from experience when she says that urinary incontinence is no laughing matter.

Katelyn, a 48-year-old nursing student and mother of three, has spent more than a decade dealing with this bothersome condition, which is caused by a weakening of the bladder or sphincter muscles, an overactive bladder or nerve damage. Her battle began shortly after she gave birth to her third child and grew steadily worse.

“I’ve been wearing (absorbency) pads for protection for years, and my incontinence got so bad a few years ago that I was changing the pad out four or five times a day,” Katelyn laments. “If I ever started sneezing or coughing, forget it.

“A couple years ago, I was taking care of my (ill) father before he passed away, and there were times when I was changing a dressing or something and I had to say, Sorry, Dad, hold on a minute because I suddenly had to run off to the bathroom.”

Fed up with how the condition was interrupting her life, Katelyn recently went in search of a remedy. She found it at Associates In Internal Medicine, the practice of Goar de Lamerens, MD, who recently added a nonsurgical, drug-free treatment for urinary incontinence called the BTL Emsella® chair to his extensive list of services.

The BTL Emsella chair stimulates the muscles that support the bottom of the pelvis, or pelvic floor, and restores neuromuscular control and confidence by delivering electromagnetic energy to those muscles.

“The typical treatment for urinary incontinence is Kegel exercises, where you squeeze the pelvic floor muscles tight to hold your urine,” Dr. de Lamerens explains. “But those exercises are very hard to do, and to be effective you need to do a lot of them every day.

“With the Emsella chair, which is a chair that you sit on comfortably while fully clothed, those Kegel exercises are essentially done for you. And the chair works those pelvic floor muscles more than you could ever work them on your own.”
The treatment lasts about 30 minutes, with a typical plan calling for patients to receive two treatments per week for three consecutive weeks.

A treatment plan of that nature will do more than alleviate urinary incontinence. It can also decrease bowel incontinence and help patients more easily achieve stronger orgasms, which can positively impact their sexual wellness and relationships. Unlike medications that can cause vaginal dryness, Emsella chair treatments cause no side effects.

“It sounds like a cliché, but Emsella chair treatments really do improve a person’s quality of life,” adds Dr. de Lamerens. “I’ve seen it firsthand with my patients, who are making fewer visits to the bathroom and are sleeping and living better.”

Studies show that Emsella chair treatments have attained a 95 percent satisfaction rate among patients, including Katelyn. Though she still deals with urinary incontinence, the problem is nowhere as bad as it was.

“My urinary incontinence has improved a lot,” she says. “I’m still wearing the pads, but I only need to change them once or twice a day now. That’s why I’m considering going back and getting more treatments, because they’ve really helped a lot.

“I feel very fortunate that I found Dr. de Lamerens and Associates In Internal Medicine and asked them what I could do for this. Dr. de Lamerens is very helpful and so is everyone on his staff. I definitely recommend them to anyone.”

© FHCN article by Roy Cummings. Photos courtesy of Emsella. mkb
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