Emsella – female urinary incontinence treatment

Cristina Seicarescu

BTL EMSELLA is a non-surgical, non-invasive, convenient treatment intervention that uses High Intensity Focused ElectroMagnetic Energy (HIFEM) to stimulate and strengthen all the pelvic floor muscles, not just the subset that can be exercised with voluntary contractions (Kegel exercises).  These stronger pelvic floor muscles restore continence and the confidence to enjoy normal daily activities without fear of losing bladder control.

Female urinary incontinence is a common yet under-treated problem. While it is estimated that nearly 50 percent of adult women experience urinary incontinence that impacts their quality of life, only a few address this with their  providers due to embarrassment, lack of knowledge, or fear of surgery.

The main types of urinary incontinence are stress, urgency, and overflow incontinence. Many women have features of more than one type, which is termed mixed urinary incontinence.The most common type, particularly in younger women is stress incontinence – involuntary urine leakage that occurs with exertion, sneezing, coughing or laughing and treatment typically begins with lifestyle modifications and pelvic floor muscle training.  According to multiple studies, the PFM training by HIFEM stimulation proved to be effective in treatment of multiple types of UI and differing degrees of severity.

The increases the tone of pelvic muscles and causes hypertrophy and strengthening of the muscle fibers using a rapidly changing electromagnetic field which initializes thousands of supramaximal contractions during one therapy, something that cannot be achieved by any conventional training program. The high intensity and frequency of the stimuli ensure that PFM are targeted properly. Each contraction is then repeated identically while the outcome of regular exercise may be limited by the inability of patients to perform contractions consistently. Moreover, regular exercise is more time-consuming (multiple studies reported treatment duration of 12 weeks and longer 40) in comparison to a 3-week duration for each patient who receives the HIFEM treatments.  HIFEM treatment has also been shown to be superior to electrostimulation in several studies.

The treatment: during each 28-minute session you sit comfortably on the Emsella chair while it generates thousands of supramaximal pelvic floor muscle contractions.  Each session is equivalent to doing about 11000 pelvic floor exercises but without the hard work!

The procedure is non-invasive, and you can remain fully clothed throughout.  With no recovery time needed you can leave immediately after each session and resume normal daily activity.

The majority of people need a course of six sessions over a period of three weeks to see optimum results, with most people seeing and feeling results after just two or three treatment sessions.