Urinary incontinence is common especially in women who have had babies, weakened core muscles, and damage to the pelvic floor. Men with a hernia, or prior hernia surgery are susceptible too. Working out the pelvic floor muscles is part of the recovery fix for leaky bladder or urinary incontinence. But how do you make these muscles stronger?
treatment I’ve seen work the best so far is the Pulsed Electro Magnetic Frequency
or PEMF. It seems to work better than what the physical therapist are doing to
try and activate the pelvic floor muscles by hand. The goal of the PEMF
treatment for urinary incontinence is to contract and relax the small pelvic
floor muscles AND increase the micro-circulation. The PEMF machine feels good
when it’s on you, and you get to enjoy just sitting still and relaxing.
far I have been able to get patients to go for long walks or short jogs without
leakage, play catch with their kids without pain in the pelvis area again, and have
less embarrassment from the whole thing.
No one should have to miss out on life because of urinary incontinence! Try strengthening your pelvic floor muscles
with the PEMF.
Regenerative medicine is the process of replacing or
regenerating cells and tissues to restore normal function and reduce pain.
I use alternative (non-injection) regenerative therapies in
Shockwave irritant therapy is an excellent alternative to injection therapy without the injection.
Shockwave therapy also known as pulse wave therapy causes inflammation. This will kick-start regeneration by stimulating the body to send in macrophages, which are cells that trigger the healing response. Shockwave therapy is an irritant therapy especially good for muscle, tendon and joint pain including chronic neck and back pain, rotator cuff injuries, Achilles tendon problems and plantar fasciitis.
Peptides used to be only administered by getting expensive shots (injections) that have to be given into your muscles. I use Peptides in pill form. Peptides decrease inflammation and pain which helps cartilage heal, and decreases tissue breakdown. I have seen good results with Peptides for my patients with osteoarthritis (OA) and degenerative disc disease (DDD). It really helps reduce gut inflammation too. Peptides break larger molecules into smaller units. The ones I use are specific messengers for painful inflammation of the spine, cartilage and gut.
Light Therapy/Laser Therapy
Laser light therapy results in cell signaling and mitochondrial recruitment and is another non-invasive regenerative therapy. Laser light initiates the healing response, repairing damaged tissue by stimulating new, healthy tissue cells. I have 4 light therapy devices in my office so that I can provide a broad spectrum of light wave therapy. The use of light therapy into an injured area is safer than injecting fluids into the body.
PEMF stands for ‘peripheral
PEMF stimulates the microcirculation. It’s one of my most
impressive non-injection therapies. Increasing microcirculation improves
lubrication. PEMF has FDA approval for urinary incontinence because it also
stimulates the pelvic floor muscles.
Almost 50% of women suffer from chronic pelvic floor
disorders. Men can experience this too but the percentage is lower. Symptoms
bowel movements, frequent urination, urinary incontinence, pain during sex, low
to no orgasms, and loss of pelvic mobility. Mainstream medicine treats this as “normal”
aging because it is so common, especially in the 45 year old plus ranges.
If you feel like you
need to brace yourself once a sneeze is coming on to avoid embarrassing
“accidents” then you probable have weak pelvic floor muscles that can
be reawakened. I am all about Biohacking
and upgrading one’s quality of living and healthy aging.
Biohacks are things we can do that supports optimal inflammatory response, enhance relaxation, improve sleep quality, improve brain function and improve body structure (fat to lean muscle mass ratios, strength, etc.), increase resiliency, longevity, and decrease chronic pain.
My top biohacks for pelvic pain include:
Laser Therapy. Stem
cells are becoming a mainstay treatment for chronic pain and athletic injuries. Laser therapy can be used as a biologic agent
to increase stem cells and blood platelets to help manage bony and soft tissue
conditions. I especially like laser therapy for those who experience coccyx pain
or sacroiliac area pain.
Pulsed EMF (Magnet therapy). Clinical
evidence lends support for PEMF. The
benefits of ‘Magawaving’ include: it stimulates electrical changes — around and
within the cell; Activates and promotes cell regeneration; can alleviate the
symptoms of arthritis; improves circulation; can help relieve the symptoms of
depression, pelvic floor issues, and
it promotes bone healing.
Pulse wave Therapy also known as Shockwave Therapy. Research
investigating the role of shockwave therapy for chronic tendon injuries such as
Achilles tendon and plantar fasciitis is ongoing and positive. I like seeing
the results I get helping break up scar tissue and improve range of motion with
my 3 different types of shockwave machines.
There is evidence that this is helpful for CPP because of scar tissue build up.
I currently use it on patients for this condition.
Diet & Nutrition. We
discuss foods that support and nourish your body so that it does its job
properly – helping you increase energy, lose weight, reduce nagging and
unpleasant symptoms, improve your mood, and have more vitality.
I use ELDOA exercises. This is way beyond Kegel stuff you’ve already learned. These poses will create space in the spine and help you improve your posture and feel better.
free to call my office at 310-444-9393 if you would like to meet and talk face
Please don’t feel like you need
to suffer in silence. Let’s try do something about it without risky surgery, effects
of medication, and let’s keep it less costly.
I call PEMF therapy ‘Magnawaving’. PEMF has beneficial clinical evidence for:
healing of non-union bone fractures (bone growth) (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
fusion patients that are high risk of non-fusion (1,5)
treatment of depression and anxiety (transcranial magnetic therapy) (10)
incontinence and muscle stimulation. In one study, results were evaluated
after 3 months. In 10 patients (7 post prostatectomy, 3 cystourethrocele) which
were submitted to 18 sessions, twice a week, an improvement of incontinence in 75% of cases with patient
compliance and the quality of life up to 100% also improved (11)
gaining significant clinical importance and potential especially to someone
like myself who is an ‘off label’ practitioner and ‘biohacker’. I’m able to demonstrate
improvements (using a four lead body composition device) to my patient’s for hydration (intracellular and
extracellular fluids) and the phase angle,
which is a measurement of the body’s overall cell membrane health. Achieving
proper hydration especially at the intracellular level is vital to good health
especially if you are someone making slow progress.
provide enhanced musculoskeletal healing and overall health (biohacking)? In my
experience the answer is yes. Using high intensity pulsing electromagnetic
fields safely passes through a cell membrane and ‘shock’ the structures within.
PEMF could accelerate all phases of tissue repair, from initial pain and
swelling to blood vessel growth, tissue regeneration, and remodeling. (6) The
current thinking is that the primary effect of clinically relevant PEMF signals
is to increase the rate of production of Nitric Oxide, which can orchestrate an
anti-inflammatory response via increased blood and lymph flow (6, 8).
I can direct
the PEMF towards ‘spot’ areas of your body to help resolve injuries or other
damage, or I can provide ‘broad’ area treatment to improve self-reported
psychometric measures of sleep, mood, and quality of life (life satisfaction)
without adverse effects. That’s why PEMF sessions are often called “cellular
exercise” and is popular among biohackers.
translates to speeding up of the healing process. For chronic pain patients such
as osteoarthritis PEMF stimulates the microenvironment and the after effects of
treatment sessions are increased range of motion and decreased pain. PEMF may help alleviate the pain of arthritis, exert
anti-inflammatory action and helps in bone remodeling.
I use PEMF to
improve tendon to bone healing in rotator cuff repair, Achilles tendon injuries
and gluteal tendon tears because it improves microcirculation. After 8 minutes
of low intensity PEMF it improves microcirculation – meaning the RBC’s stop
sticking together (3,4). PEMF has been used to effect osteoblast proliferation and
is used for fractures. For all the above conditions I can blend PEMF,
chiropractic care, nutrition, and topical hemp or BioFreeze. (3,4,7)
forward to helping you PEMF for urinary incontinence, brain support, insomnia, and
even depressive disorders as well as all of the above.
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Tucker is the current president of the ACA Rehab Council.
Tucker at 310-444-9393