Incontinence

Condition

Incontinence is the lack of control over defecation and urination. Urinary and fecal discharge is controlled by the pelvic floor muscles, which are also known as kegel muscles and sphincter muscles. These muscles are the “valves” that control the flow of fluids and materials out of the body. Sphincter muscles control fecal discharge and kegel muscles control urine discharge from the bladder.

Whole Body Vibration and Incontinence

Whole body vibration has been proven to restore continence. (Guedes-Aguiar et al., 2019) Recent studies have shown that 

 

whole body vibration is effective in strengthening the pelvic floor muscle and reducing the severity of incontinence. (Farzinmehr et al., 2015) Healthy and strong sphincters and kegel muscles provide the pressure needed to control continence and prevent leakage.

Whole Body vibration strengthens the pelvic floor muscle and muscles involved in closing the bladder. Kegel exercises improve muscle tone by strengthening the muscles of the pelvic floor. The exercises are helpful for vaginal and uterine prolapse in women and for treating prostate pain in men. Kegel exercises are also great for women who are post-childbirth. Whole body vibration has been shown to help patients regain continence after prostate cancer surgery. (Crevenna et al., 2017; Tantawy et al., 2019) 

LifetimeVibe Exercises

LifetimeVibe’s patented design isolates the vibration in the base, not the handles–reducing harsh and violent movement. Unlike competitor machines, LifetimeVibe also accelerates gradually to the chosen speed, making the experience much more comfortable for the user.

Suggested Positions

View the LifetimeVibe’s Program Booklet for exercises and positions for your condition. See pages 23 and 24 for more information on incontinence. 

Speeds and Programs

Use Pre-set Programs 1, 2, 5,and 6. Speeds above 10 are beneficial. Use the machine for 3-10 minutes, or as tolerated.

References

  1. Guedes-Aguiar, E. d. O.; de Sá-Caputo, Danúbia da Cunha; Moreira-Marconi, E.; de Macêdo Uchôa, Silvana Maria; de Barros, P. Z.; Valentin, E. K.; Bergmann, A.; Taiar, R.; Bernardo-Filho, M. Effect of whole-body vibration exercise in the pelvic floor muscles of healthy and unhealthy individuals: a narrative review. Transl Androl Urol 2019, 8, 395-404.
  2. Crevenna, R.; Crevenna, R.; Cenik, F.; Cenik, F.; Margreiter, M.; Margreiter, M.; Marhold, M.; Marhold, M.; Sedghi Komanadj, T.; Sedghi Komanadj, T.; Keilani, M.; Keilani, M. Whole body vibration therapy on a treatment bed as additional means to treat postprostatectomy urinary incontinence. Wien Med Wochenschr 2017, 167, 139-141.
  3. Tantawy, S. A.; Elgohary, H. M. I.; Abdelbasset, W. K.; Kamel, D. M. Effect of 4 weeks of whole-body vibration training in treating stress urinary incontinence after prostate cancer surgery: a randomised controlled trial. Physiotherapy 2019, 105, 338-345.
  4. Farzinmehr, A.; Moezy, A.; Koohpayehzadeh, J.; Kashanian, M. A Comparative Study of Whole Body Vibration Training and Pelvic Floor Muscle Training on Women’s Stress Urinary Incontinence: Three- Month Follow- Up. J Family Reprod Health 2015, 9, 147-154.