Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) October 19, 2012
InTone, developed by InControl Medical, LLC, is a medical device available by prescription, indicated for the treatment of stress incontinence, urge incontinence or mixed (stress and urge) incontinence. Available by prescription, InTone combines a daily program of volitional exercises, voice-guided instruction, biofeedback and micro-current stimulation to strengthen muscle tone in the pelvic floor.
Stress incontinence can occur when lifting, sneezing, coughing, laughing or exercising. 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.
According to the National Association for Continence, up to 30 million women in America have experienced bladder leakage issues. About one in four new mothers experience “leaking” following normal delivery, and about one in six following cesarean section.
Up to two-thirds of women who “leak” have never mentioned it to their physicians, and up to two-thirds of women do not use any treatment or product to manage their bladder leakage.
Until now, available options had mixed results. Absorbent pads and diapers do nothing to treat the condition. Medications, if prescribed, can cause side effects and are not always effective. Surgery, if performed, is a more invasive option, and is not always effective. Research has shown that even when properly taught how to perform pelvic floor, or Kegel, exercises, about half of all women do them incorrectly.
When asked about InTone and treating women who suffer from unwanted bladder leakage Anne K. Wiskind, M.D. stated:
“Pelvic floor physical therapy using biofeedback and electrical muscle stimulation of the pelvic floor muscles has been an effective therapy for decreasing both stress and urge urinary incontinence for many years. However, the necessity to visit a physical therapy office 2-3 times a week for 8-12 weeks to receive the therapy is unrealistic for today’s busy women. The Intone device is the first to combine Biofeedback and Electrical Muscle Stimulation in a single unit that takes the patient through an effective muscle training session in only 12 minutes per day. Since the patient owns the unit, she can continue the therapy indefinitely if needed. It is also very affordable compared to other home units that offer Electrical Muscle Stimulation only.
This is a great option for women with stress incontinence who are not quite ready for surgery or may still have some leakage after surgery, as well as women with urge incontinence who are not responding to medication. It may be particularly useful in women trying to regain pelvic floor muscle tone and control following childbirth. We are very excited to be offering this new technology for our patients!”
After prescribing InTone, 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 properly.
The biofeedback unit uses voice-guided instruction to take her through the routine and reports her muscle isolation and strength.
Each daily session takes about ten minutes, and data from each session is recorded. After two weeks or so, the physician analyzes the recorded data and adjusts InTone based on the patient’s progress, and at-home treatment sessions continue. Most patients should experience progress in a few weeks, and most patients should experience effective relief in 90 days.
InTone is available by prescription to patients in the United States. InTone was developed by InControl Medical, LLC, based in Brookfield, Wisconsin. InControl Medical provides specialty medical products for women’s health, and is sourced and manufactured entirely in the United States. More information on InTone can be found at http://www.incontrolmedical.com.
To contact Dr. Wiskind for more information or to schedule a private consultation, please call her office at 678-539-5980 or visit her website at http://www.peachtreegynecology.com.