Self Care / 2 January, 2020 / Ellie Thompson

Weak Pelvic Floor Muscles? Meet The Treatment Revolutionising Lives

You know what they say, a new year means a new you. For some of us new mamas it can be hard to feel positive about our newly acquired body shapes, especially if you’re dealing with weak pelvic floor muscles.

We want to introduce you to the BTL Emsella chair, the breakthrough treatment that works to tone and restore pelvic floor muscles. What’s more, it’s a non-surgical and non-invasive treatment which, let’s face it, sounds good, no? We think so.

Oh, we know from personal experience how much pressure there is out there to snap back to our pre-bump selves, because, all the celebs seem to, right?! And dammit, we’ve all over-indulged this Christmas. But even if your tummy has deflated nicely, you might find your pelvic floor has suffered from your pregnancy and/or birth. Are you still needing to cross your legs and frantically grab your crotch during an unexpected sneeze? It’s unfair, but it’s a fact for many of us, that after pregnancy, incontinence problems may continue. This is because childbirth weakens the pelvic floor muscles, which can cause an overactive bladder.

How do I restore my pelvic floor muscle after pregnancy?

There are plenty of advice articles on kegel exercises which are definitely worth looking at. And then there’s the brilliant Elvie Trainer, which is also worth its weight in gold.

But if you’re looking for more of a quick-fix, (which for most ailments, there’s no such thing) we’ve got some fantastic news for you. There’s a new and unique piece of kit revolutionising the lives of many women right here in the UK.

What is the BTL Emsella chair?

The Emsella chair was created by award-winning medical and aesthetics manufacturer BTL. The chair’s main objective is to give back control to patients experiencing bladder incontinence by strengthening the pelvic floor muscle.

How does the BTL Emsella chair work?

The Emsella chair works hard to restore neuromuscular control. The reason the technology is so effective is that the treatment is based around electromagnetic energy, in-depth penetration, and stimulation of the entire pelvic floor area, right at the neck of the bladder.

The chair uses High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic technology (HIFEM®) to independently target deep into the muscles of the pelvic floor.

The Emsella treatment also works to trigger the body’s natural production processes to create new muscle fibres and proteins. This further strengthens and tones the pelvic floor and bladder muscles, while improving the neuromuscular links between the brain and the bladder. All really useful in treating the symptoms of urge incontinence.

The frequencies cause your muscles to contract and release in pretty much the self-same way as your bog-standard kegel exercises do, but the great news is, a single Emsella treatment provides you with a workout equivalent to 11,00 kegel exercises. YES, ele-ven-thou-sand! Let that sink in…


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Having had my second child eight months ago, I popped along to Knightbridge’s multi-award winning cosmetic clinic Dr Rita Rakus, to try out the device.

What does the Emsella chair look like?

Well, while it might not look like the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen, (it’s kind of a cross between a toilet and a fancy occasion chair!) it’s comfortable to sit on, with a back and armrest.

What do I need to do?

While the science-y bit we’ve described above sounds somewhat complicated, it’s all really simple. All you have to do is sit down on the chair and position yourself so you feel the contractions most effectively.

What’s even better about the Emsella chair is that don’t even have to de-robe for this treatment. Simply plonk yourself down in your optimum position (you’ll know once the contractions start) and relax with a magazine. It’s a quick and completely painless treatment that treats the whole of your pelvic floor region.

How many BTL Emsella treatments will I need?

A single BTL Emsella session creates thousands of pelvic floor muscle contractions. It does this at the “supramaximal” level – targeting muscles directly. The frequencies do not require neuromuscular control, everything is triggered by the chair, meaning your muscles contract far more than they would during a conscious effort. This is what gives such highly effective results, supposedly far superior to manual kegel exercises alone.

The treatment lasts for approximately half an hour, and it’s recommended you have a course of 4-6 treatment sessions for optimum results. The best news is that often patients will see an improvement after the first treatment. I noticed an improvement in the residual SPD (symphysis pubis dysfunction) pain I began to suffer from towards the end of my pregnancy after just one review session.

In fact, as stats go, a 95% patient satisfaction response is not to be sniffed at.


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