FAQs for Clients & Patients
The pelvic floor muscles support the pelvic floor organs and control continence. However, natural body aging, childbirth, and menopause can cause this group of muscles to decondition, resulting in continence problems such as leaking urine when coughing or sneezing.
The Pelvic Floor Trainer uses High Intensity Focused ElectroMagnetic Energy (HIFEM) to stimulate and strengthen all the pelvic floor muscles, not just the subset that can be exercised with voluntary contractions (Kegel exercises). These stronger pelvic floor muscles restore continence and the confidence to enjoy normal daily activities without fear of losing bladder control.
During each 28-minute session, you sit comfortably on the Pelvic Floor Trainer chair while it generates thousands of supramaximal pelvic floor muscle contractions. Each session is equivalent to doing 11,000 pelvic floor exercises, but without the hard work!
The procedure is non-invasive, and you remain fully clothed throughout. No drugs are required, and the most you will feel is a slight tingling during the treatment. With no recovery time needed, you can leave immediately after each session and resume your normal daily activities.
The Pelvic Floor Trainer repairs and tightens the pelvic floor, helping men and women to regain bladder control. Strengthened pelvic floor muscles improve women's sexual satisfaction and their ability to achieve orgasm.
Your exact treatment plan will be tailored to your needs. For optimum results, most people need a course of six sessions, with two sessions per week over a period of three weeks. Most clients start seeing and feeling results after just two or three treatment sessions.
In extreme cases, further sessions are required, but otherwise, a maintenance session every three to twelve months is enough.
Most people see and feel results after just two or three treatment sessions. Mild signs and sensations may be noticeable after your first session, but it will take several sessions before you begin to observe the full effect on your symptoms.
Men can also suffer from incontinence and pelvic floor weakness. Pelvic surgeries such as prostatectomy or bladder surgery, in particular, can cause incontinence or erectile dysfunction. Incontinence in Men typically present with a small amount of dribbling during workouts or at the end of the day.
Chronic cough or high impact work or pursuits can put pressure on the bladder and lead to stress incontinence. The Pelvic Floor Trainer is less likely to be successful if incontinence follows pelvic radiation treatment for cancer.
Some men suffer from urge incontinence-a need to urinate frequently or dribble when the bladder is full-The Pelvic Floor Trainer can help improve symptoms.
Treatment with The Pelvic Floor Trainer can lead to increased sensitivity during sexual intercourse and possibly offer relief from erectile dysfunction.
How long the effects of your treatment last depend on the severity of your symptoms at the start. Most people will notice a positive effect on their symptoms for up to one year.
Treatment sessions are approximately 30 minutes long, and the procedure is not at all painful. You can either bring a friend or family member along to chat during the treatment or read a book or magazine if you prefer (no cell phone use while in treatment!).
During treatment, some clients feel the tensing and relaxing of the pelvic floor muscles, which has been described as a similar feeling to doing Kegel exercises.
It is recommended to do a single maintenance treatment 1-2 times a year. Frequency of maintenance sessions may vary from person to person. You will get to know what's ideal for you.
Metal implants are the main contraindication. You cannot use the Pelvic Floor Trainer if you have a cardiac pacemaker, implanted defibrillator, implanted neurostimulator, an electronic implant, metal implants such as artificial titanium joints, a copper IUD, or a drug pump.
Other contraindications include hemorrhagic conditions, anticoagulation therapy, heart disorders, cancer, or recent surgical procedures (muscle contraction may disrupt healing in the treatment area).
Pregnant or nursing women cannot undergo the Pelvic Floor Trainer session. Relative contraindications include previous pelvic or bladder lift surgery, diabetes, a high BMI, and poor exercise tolerance.
Yes!! But the Kegels you're able to do with the Pelvic Floor Trainer are 'supramaximal' or, in other words, much stronger and more effective than you can do on your own. Plus, the number of Kegels you can do in a 28-minute session of the Pelvic Floor Trainer would take you 70 hours to do on your own.
No, it does not hurt. You will experience the feeling of all your pelvic floor muscles contracting and maybe some tingling. There is no downtime, and you can resume normal activities immediately after treatment.
While any service will have results that vary from person to person depending on the severity of their symptoms and their unique physiology, clinical studies found that 95% of study participants reported a significant quality of life improvement, and 2/3 of participants eliminated or very significantly reduced the use of urinary incontinence pads. Occasionally, an individual will not see any results. Typically, this is due to an unforeseen underlying condition that affects the ability of the muscles to contract sufficiently (such as nerve damage) or due to structural issues in the pelvic girdle that cannot be addressed through pelvic floor strengthening.
While we try to carefully pre-screen all individuals to ensure they are likely to benefit, there is always a small risk of seeing no improvement.
Your cycle will require 6-8 appointments. Some individuals will be able to schedule twice-weekly appointments, while others will need to do them weekly instead. This will be determined at the consultation. You should allow at least 3 days between appointments to give your pelvic floor muscles a chance to rest in between treatments. Your appointments will last about 40 minutes total, and the time spent on the Pelvic Floor Trainer chair itself is exactly 28 minutes. We recommend avoiding treatment the few days before and the first few days of your menstrual period in order to avoid cramping.
No! You can wear your everyday clothes during treatment. We recommend wearing loose, comfortable clothing.
The most important preparation step you must take prior to treatment is to attend an initial evaluation to confirm your candidacy. During this consultation, we will discuss your medical history, including any artificial joints you may have, to verify that this service will be safe for you.
Due to the non-invasive nature of this treatment, there isn't much you need to do to prepare for your appointment. It is extremely important that you do not wear any clothes that have metal, like zippers or buttons. It is also important that you do not wear any jewelry or accessories containing metal, like earrings or a watch. If you come in with metal accessories, they will need to be removed prior to the commencement of your session.
No. Each treatment session takes around 30 minutes to complete. There is nothing wrong with bringing in something to entertain yourself with, but a book is a much better idea than a cell phone. The MRI-like magnet may damage your cell phone's contents. If you don't want to bring a book, it is okay to bring Bluetooth headphones or a speaker.
A good candidate for the EMS Pro Toner Pelvic Floor Trainer is a relatively healthy adult with a desire to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles. Women often seek this treatment because stress urinary incontinence (SUI) often occurs after pregnancy, especially if the baby was delivered vaginally.
Similarly, stress urinary incontinence is a common symptom of menopause.
Therapy with the Pelvic Floor Trainer is also usually appropriate for men and women who suffer from stress, urge, or mixed urinary incontinence due to:
Regular heavy lifting
Regular high-impact exercise
While the Proactive Pelvic Floor Trainer is non-invasive and appropriate for most adults, it is not appropriate for all adults who are worried about incontinence. It works thanks to HIFEM (high-intensity focused electromagnetic) technology. This technology is akin to an MRI magnet and is not recommended for people with metal devices in their body. For example, you will be considered a poor candidate for the Pelvic Floor Trainer if you have a Copper IUD, Pacemaker, Plate and screws, Replaced hip joint.
Individuals that are pregnant or nursing.
Individuals with open wounds in the treatment site, inflammation/severe infection;
Individuals with acute pelvic infection and at risk of pelvic bleeding; patients with severe hemorrhoids; Individuals with vascular embolism; pulmonary insufficiency; anticoagulant therapy; bleeding disorders;
Individuals suffering from cancer; heart disease; hypertension; dementia; epilepsy; patients with malignant tumors;
Individuals with metal implants or electronic implants in the body; including metal IUD, Pacemaker or defibrillator; Nerve stimulator; electronic cochlea; drug pump; stent, etc.
For those who have had pelvic floor or pelvic surgery recently; Pelvic floor rehabilitation is recommended once you have completely recovered before starting a course of treatment. Consult your doctor to see if high intensive muscle stimulation is appropriate for you).
The Pelvic Floor Trainer should not be used over areas of the skin that lack normal sensation or on areas of new bone growth.
The Pelvic Floor Trainer is contraindicated for individuals with Graves' disease (an autoimmune disorder that causes an overactive thyroid) or active bleeding disorders.
Women who are close to menstruation may find that it comes sooner or that cramping is increased or intensified with Pelvic Floor Trainer sessions, therefore, we recommend scheduling around this time of the month.
The cost of sessions with the E-tone PFM $1800 - $3000 for six treatments.