In my experience there are 2 major stumbling blocks/problems in pelvic floor rehabilitation for GSI (genuine stress incontinence) in women:
- Ensuring the woman is doing a proper contraction of her pelvic floor muscles (as opposed to doing a “push down” or valsalva movement)
When I saw the Elvie exercise tracker/biofeedback unit, which is specifically for the pelvic floor, I realised that this device is a game-changer.
So what’s special about it?
- Elvie is a biofeedback device which accurately measures the pressure created by the pelvic floor muscles (through force and motion sensors)
- The unit is elegant & attractive, with a quality feel – it has been designed & manufactured by the same folk who make the Jawbone Up fitness trackers
- Small enough to be inserted easily into the vagina
- Connects via Bluetooth to the user’s iPhone or Android so the mobile screen is used for the feedback
- Elvie corrects the performance if the user applies the wrong sort of pressure (pushes down)
- 6 different exercises, all with feedback
- Short achievable exercise sessions – just 5 minutes daily
- 4 levels of rehab: Training, Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced
- Well-designed, easy to use charging system built into the storage box
This innovative product has just been awarded “Hottest Hardware Startup” at the Europas Awards this month, which are described as an…
“annual celebration of Europe’s brightest and best tech companies”.
There is a lot of evidence showing that biofeedback is effective in pelvic floor training, and here is a study specifically on Elvie:
- Measures of Pelvic Floor Strength by Age and Parity using the Elvie Device By Coggins J.,Cartwright R., Bergmann J. 1. Chiaro Technology Ltd., Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health, Imperial College London., The Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Oxford.
Elvie is distributed by Pelvic Relief, and costs £150 – the clinical support offered by this company is very useful. It is also available to buy (at the same price) through Amazon.