Urinary incontinence is a common health problem that affects over 200 million men and women worldwide. It is a loss of bladder control that results in uncontrollable leaks. Incontinence can happen for many reasons, including urinary tract infections, vaginal infection or irritation and even constipation. Some medications like diuretics, muscle relaxants, antihistamines and narcotics can also cause short term bladder control problems.
When it comes to longer lasting incontinence , it may be due to:
- Weak or overactive bladder or weak pelvic floor muscles
- Pelvic organ prolapse, which is when pelvic organs (such as the bladder, rectum, or uterus) shift out of their normal place into the vagina or anus. When pelvic organs are out of place, the bladder and urethra are not able to work normally, which may cause urine to leak.
- Damage to nerves that control the bladder such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's and diabetes.
- Diseases such as arthritis that may make it difficult to get to the bathroom in time.
The most common cause of incontinence in women is a weakened pelvic floor. The pelvic floor often weakens during or after pregnancy, after a certain age, or because of hormonal imbalance (during menopause).
Most incontinence in men is related to the prostate gland. Male incontinence may be caused by prostatitis, a painful inflammation of the prostate gland or a common prostate problem known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, a condition in which the prostate grows as men age. Other causes include Injury or damage to nerves or muscles from surgeries.
There are five different types of urinary incontinence:
- Urge incontinence- the urge comes without warning
- Stress incontinence- the result of pressure on the bladder from things like sneezing, coughing, laughing or lifting things.
- Mixed incontinence- a combination of urge and stress incontinence
- Overflow incontinence- the bladder is unable to empty entirely and leaks
- Functional (neurogenic) incontinence- caused by mental and/or physical impairments
is the Envy Chair safe?
Envision Wellness promises to offer only safe, evidence based products and services to our patients.
The Envy Chair is safe for the treatment of stress, urge and mixed incontinence in both women and men.
It also is cleared for secondary sexual benefits for women and men called Protocol 2.
What can I expect during a treatment.
Finding the right treatment for this problem will help decrease frequent bathroom stops, minimize embarrassing accidents, and get you back to a more normal lifestyle.