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Take a seat and let BTL Emsella treatments tighten your grip on urinary incontinence

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Deb was seeking to build core strength and “had no idea” she was suffering from incontinence until BTL Emsella chair treatments erased those issues.

Since her son and daughter went off to college a couple of years ago, Deb Beacham has been devoting a little more of her free time to herself. For Deb, that means playing tennis in the mornings and taking long walks along the beach with her dog, Jade, in the evenings. “I also plan to take up golf again this winter after things slow down at work,” says Deb, 55, an owner of Lorraine Lee Estate Staffing, a boutique private household staffing agency based in Palm Beach County. Deb’s hiatus from golf and tennis lasted about 15 years. During that time, she developed lower back problems. To avoid making those problems worse, she recently launched a search for a core muscle strengthening program. She found that and much more at Palm Beach Wellbeing, which is located in the office of Distinctive Women’s Health Care, the West Palm Beach practice of Jeffrey Kotzen, MD, FAOCG. At Palm Beach Wellbeing, Karen Fish, a certified practitioner of advanced holistic therapies, teaches the principles of whole health and offers leading-edge wellness solutions that include wearable light therapy and the use of the AVACEN® device for microcirculation. “I met Karen last fall while out with some other friends,” Deb relates. “When I learned what she does I was immediately intrigued because I believe in integrative holistic medicine and doing things that are complementary to traditional treatments. “So, I went to see her with a focus on strengthening my core to protect my lower back. But then she started telling me about a new technology for strengthening the pelvic floor. Knowing that I needed to strengthen that area as part of my core as well, I agreed to give it a try.”

Take a Seat

The pelvic floor rejuvenation technology that Deb learned about is produced by a device called the BTL Emsella® chair, which stimulates the pelvic floor muscles and restores neuromuscular control through high-intensity electromagnetic energy. “A typical BTL Emsella chair session lasts just 28 minutes,” Karen explains. “During that time, the patient simply sits on the device fully clothed, and the chair provides the benefits of roughly 12,000 Kegel exercises. Kegel exercises are a form of pelvic floor strength training with repetitions that contract and relax the muscles. People are typically instructed by health care providers to perform three to five sets of eight to 10 Kegels per day. “No one can do 12,000 Kegel exercises in 28 minutes,” Karen continues. “But this chair not only provides that effect, it impacts almost the entire pelvic floor, whereas Kegel exercises typically affect only 25 percent of the pelvic floor muscles.” The BTL Emsella chair can improve core strength, but it was designed primarily to treat urinary incontinence, which is an involuntary loss of urine caused by a weakening of either the bladder or pelvic floor muscles, an overactive bladder, or nerve damage. The condition typically presents itself as a strong urge to urinate or an inability to hold urine when the urge arises, and it most often affects older women, those who are pregnant or have had children, or those who are going through menopause. The BTL Emsella can also improve fecal incontinence and enhance sexual performance in men and women, according to Karen. And unlike other incontinence treatments, the noninvasive, drug-free sessions cause no side effects. Best of all, it works. Studies show that 95 percent of patients receiving BTL Emsella chair treatments for incontinence report an improvement in symptoms while 73 percent experienced a complete resolution of issues. “This is a treatment that’s good for everyone, including men,” Karen states. “I even know women who have no incontinence issues who are using the chair because they want to avoid those issues. So, it’s a preventive treatment as well.” Dr. Kotzen, the medical director at Palm Beach Wellbeing, agrees, noting that Karen “is providing a good service, a very safe service and a service that has results for the indication of the machine she’s working with. I’m happy to be sharing office space with her.”

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BTL Emsella® chair

Regaining Control

Deb began receiving treatment on the BTL Emsella chair earlier this year. At the time, her primary objective was to strengthen her core. She soon found that the treatments did more than that by alleviating an incontinence issue she didn’t know she had. “I’m over 50 and I’ve had kids, so I always thought the minor issue I was dealing with was normal,” Deb relates. “But then I started doing these BTL Emsella chair treatments, and I would say that after just one week, I noticed a difference. The first thing Deb noticed was that her sleep was no longer being interrupted by a sudden need to rush to the bathroom. A few days later, she realized she subconsciously made some drastic changes to the routine she follows while walking her dog. “I was no longer thinking, I need to remember to get home in a reasonable amount of time in case I have to go to the bathroom or walk in the direction of the nearest public restroom just to be safe,” Deb relates. “I can’t tell you what a relief that is. “It’s also a relief to know that you don’t have to visit the restroom before you drive even half an hour somewhere or feel a need to remind yourself not to drink too much water before you go into a meeting at work. In fact, I can drink all the water I want now, which is much healthier. “Again, these issues were all things that I thought for the longest time were just a regular part of life. But since I’ve experienced the BTL Emsella chair, they are no longer a part of my life, and that is wonderful.” Deb says the positive effects of her treatments have given her a boost of confidence. As a result, she has already recommended the treatment to others and will continue to do so. “If you want to improve your quality of life and have more confidence as a woman, don’t hesitate to try this out and experience it for yourself,” she says. “And if you’re uncertain in any way about it, just go see Karen and learn from her the way I did. “She is a phenomenal person, and going to her office for these treatments was an incredibly positive experience for me because she genuinely cares about her patients, pays close attention to their needs and will customize the treatment just for you.”

Karen Fish

Holistic Medicine
Featured in Revolutionizing Pelvic Health

Jeffrey Kotzen, MD

Women's Health
Featured in Revolutionizing Pelvic Health

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