The medical device, InTone, strengthens muscle tone in a woman's
pelvic floor by combining a daily exercise program, voice-guided
instruction, biofeedback and micro-current stimulation. It treats
both stress incontinence and urge incontinence.
The InTone device
is available at Memorial Home Services' Springfield location at 644
N. Second St.
Up to 30 million women in America have experienced bladder
leakage issues, according to the National Association for
Continence. About 1 in 4 new mothers experience leaking after normal
delivery and about 1 in 6 after cesarean section.
"Many women are reluctant or embarrassed to discuss urinary
incontinence with their physicians and don't receive any treatment,"
Gildner said. "For those who do seek treatment, other options --
such as absorbent pads, medications and surgery -- have not always
Stress incontinence can occur when lifting, sneezing, coughing,
laughing or exercising, Gildner said. Urge incontinence is the
unwanted and sudden need to urinate. Both can be caused or
exacerbated by childbirth, obesity, excessive exercise, lack of
exercise, age or trauma.
The physician customizes the settings for InTone, and the patient
is shown how to use it at home. A sensor in the unit measures
pressure to determine if the patient is doing the exercises
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The biofeedback unit uses voice-guided instruction to take the
patient through the routine and reports her muscle isolation and
strength. Each daily session takes about 10 minutes, and data from
each session is recorded.
After two weeks or so, the physician analyzes the recorded data,
adjusts InTone based on the patient's progress, and at-home
treatment sessions continue. Most patients should experience
progress in a few weeks and experience effective relief in 90 days,
For more information, call 217-757-7932.
[Text from file received from
Memorial Medical Center]