Richmond, VA (PRWEB) October 31, 2013
Cora T. Huitt, P.T., D.P.T., B.C.B.-P.M.D. and Women’s Health Physical Therapy are helping postpartum women find their voice after decades of silence. Urinary stress incontinence, the involuntary loss of urine after coughing, sneezing, or during exercise, affects up to 50% of postpartum women. Unfortunately, over 60% of postpartum women experiencing leaking do not seek medical help. Instead, they chose to unnecessarily suffer in silence by quietly treating the symptoms with pads and hygiene products. Yet the National Institute of Health Care Research and Policy endorses that there is at least an 85% improvement in women who treat urinary stress incontinence with a behavioral approach. This approach currently includes pelvic floor muscle strengthening, bladder retraining, and diet and liquid counseling. However, a new medical biofeedback device paired with innovative healthcare providers promise to grow both improvement rates and awareness.
InTone™ is the first medical device that combines muscle stimulation and patient-directed exercises with visual biofeedback into a single device. Cora T. Huitt, P.T., D.P.T., B.C.B.-P.M.D. of Women’s Health Physical Therapy is currently the only registered physical therapist in Virginia specially trained to provide patients with InTone treatments. Cora Huitt is hopeful that the message will spread: “InTone provides patients with a powerful treatment tool. Postpartum women are in a life stage when they need medical treatments to be quick, simple, effective, and able to be done in the privacy of their home. InTone meet these criteria. My hope is that as more women find that they do not have to live with incontinence they will share this knowledge and empower other women. For far too long women have found leakage acceptable.”
After prescribing InTone, Cora Huitt of Women’s Health Physical Therapy customizes the settings and teaches the woman how to use the device at home. A pressure squeeze sensor in the unit measures the patient’s performance. The hand-held control unit uses voice-guided instruction to assist the patient through her exercise routine while reminding her to maintain relaxation of her abdomen, buttocks, and leg muscles. Each daily session lasts about 10 minutes and data from each session is automatically recorded.
In two weeks the patient has a follow-up appointment with Cora Huitt who analyzes the recorded data, modifies the InTone settings appropriately, and teaches how to incorporate pelvic floor muscle function with other trunk muscles and proper breathing techniques with daily tasks. The patient continues to follow-up for 14-26 weeks based on her individual diagnosis. InTone is the only device on the market that provides the patient with a full money-back guarantee on the cost of the device if she does not experience improvement after following the recommended protocol.
About Cora T. Huitt, P.T., D.P.T., B.C.B.-P.M.D. and Women’s Health Physical Therapy:
Cora Huitt has been practicing physical therapy for forty-one years. She has been an adjunct professor and clinical instructor at several universities. She is a certified women’s health specialist in pelvic floor dysfunction. Her clinic Women’s Health Physical Therapy is one of six credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association in the United States and specializes in treating women and pelvic floor dysfunction. Cora is an affiliate member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, International Continence Society, National Vulvodynia Association and International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health. She earned her Bachelors of Science at Ohio State University, Masters in College Teaching at University of North Carolina, and her Doctor or Physical Therapy at Alabama State University.