How does KWELL EM1 and Other Electrical Muscle Stimulant Devices Help?

What does the KWELL EM1 do and how can it help me?

The EM1 is an FDA cleared, noninvasive EMS (electrical muscle stimulation) device to help you strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. EMS devices have been used for decades to help strengthen muscles. Most commonly, in the physical therapy world, it is used to help very weak muscles contract post operation or after a stroke.
These devices work by sending electrical impulses via electrodes to a muscle to create muscular contractions. It acts similarly to exercise except you are not consciously contracting your muscles. If you are able to contract your muscles on your own, obviously this is preferred, but EMS is especially useful when you cannot, or do not know how to. This is often the case with the pelvic floor muscles because:
  1. Not many people know what they are
  2. Most people do not contract them correctly
  3. Damage occurred that prevents them from contracting effectively

The EM1 is a specially designed EMS device that stimulates your pelvic floor muscles to contract via a small probe. It is a pain free and effective way to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles with 6 pre-programmed workouts. As a pelvic trainer, I recommend seeking advice from a pelvic floor physical therapist before starting any form of pelvic floor rehab to make sure EMS is the correct treatment for you. The EM1 can assist in the treatment of the following conditions:

Urinary Incontinence

If your incontinence is due to a weak pelvic floor and you are unable to contract your pelvic floor muscles on your own, or have a hard time staying consistent with your pelvic floor exercises, EMS to the pelvic floor muscles may be a helpful tool for you.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Prolapse is the descent of one or more of your pelvic organs (uterus, urethra, bladder, or rectum) down into the vaginal canal. It may feel like a heaviness or dragging sensation, or you may feel a bulge when you wipe. Prolapse can occur due to birthing trauma, age, obesity, history of smoking, chronic constipation, coughing, or weakness of the pelvic floor muscles.

For stage 1-2 prolapse, pelvic floor muscle rehab is the first line of treatment. The EM1 could be a helpful tool for you to strengthen your pelvic floor and offer more support to your pelvic organs.

Improve Sexual Function

Almost a quarter of menopausal women have difficulties with sexual desire or achieving an orgasm. Hormonal fluctuations can decrease tissue elasticity, muscle strength, sensation, lubrication and libido.

There is some emerging research investigating the effectiveness of EMS for improving sexual satisfaction for women. Although the findings are not strong as of yet, improving pelvic floor muscle strength, in theory, may improve the ability to orgasm and therefore increase sexual desire.

Preventative Measures

Pelvic floor dysfunction affects not only your physical health, but your emotional and social health as well. Try to avoid and prevent these conditions, as they can be treated. Take back control over your pelvic floor muscles so you can focus on the things that matter most to you in life.

Written by Dr. Magdalen Link PT (Instagram l TikTok)


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