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V-Tone &
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) is a condition whereby the pelvic floor muscles and ligaments weaken or suffer injury. A loss of muscle control characterizes the disease, and it is highly prevalent in women. Managing pelvic floor dysfunction can be difficult. However, modern treatment options such as Empower RF V-Tone is available for pelvic floor dysfunction to treat weak pelvic floor muscles and the associated symptoms.

The female anatomy evolves over time due to multiple factors: pregnancy, childbirth, hormonal transformations, menopause, and aging. Inevitably, the female pelvic floor is negatively impacted leading to pelvic floor weakness, stress urinary incontinence, and a reduction in the quality of life.

Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

The most common symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction are:

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Difficulty Urinating / Urinary Incontinence

Pelvic floor disorders can manifest as urinary problems. Patients may experience a strong urge to urinate, followed by an involuntary loss of urine, i.e., urinary incontinence. This condition is common in post-menopausal women suffering from PFD.
 

Sexual Dysfunction

Pelvic disorders can seriously affect your quality of life. Sexual dysfunction was found to have a 50-83% prevalence in PFD women compared to the 30-50% in the general population. As per a cross-sectional study, PFD is responsible for issues such as urinary or fecal incontinence and low sexual desire.
 

Lower Back Pain

Pelvic muscle tenderness is seen along with low back pain in women suffering from PFD. Research suggests that lumbopelvic pain and muscle weakness are prominent features of PFD. High levels of disability were seen in patients suffering from pelvic girdle and low back pain.
 

Pelvic Muscle Pain and Spasms

Muscle spasms are the result of muscle weakness in PFD patients. Therefore, treatment revolves around strengthening the pelvic floor muscles. This strengthening is achieved by different treatment strategies, including: Muscle strengthening, Down-training, and Electrical stimulation
 

Complications In Pregnancy and Childbirth

The pelvic floor disorder adds to pregnancy complications and makes childbirth difficult. Pregnancy-related low back pain and PFD are more common in older women.

Constipation and Bowel Issues

One of the most prevalent symptoms of PFD is constipation. According to one study, constipation was present in 18% of patients. Constipation may be accompanied by fecal incontinence. Chronic constipation also has a strong link to PFD.

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What is V-Tone?

Pelvic floor muscle stimulation and strengthening

The VTone is a powerful yet gentle device that uses Electric Muscle Simulation (EMS).  During treatment, a small wand is inserted into the vaginal canal that deploys gentle, uniformed heat and energy to stimulates and strengthens the pelvic floor muscles, in a similar way to Kegel exercises, but without the effort. 

Benefits of VTone internal vaginal rejuvenation treatments: 

  • Helps to strengthen pelvic floor muscles

  • May improve blood circulation

  • Helps to reduce instances of loss of bladder control. 

Electric Muscle Simulation (EMS) technology can also be used to strengthen weakened muscles around the tummy, arms, legs and bottom. Individual results can vary.

How many treatments do I need?

VTone treatments are performed in the office, usually in a series of 6-8 treatments over three months. VTone is quick and painless procedure – completed in 30 minutes, without anesthesia, surgery or downtime. Most patients report increased urinary control, reduced bladder leakage, and improved sexual sensation after a VTone series. Results are cumulative, with most patients realizing optimal strengthening 1-2 weeks after their final treatment. Maintenance treatments are performed annually. VTone quickly restores patient confidence and quality of life, without surgery or downtime.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is an Ideal Candidate for VTone?

VTone is recommended for any woman who experiences urinary incontinence who wishes to avoid a bladder mesh surgery. Women who wish to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles for sexual enhancement for themselves and their partner should also benefit from treatment.

How Many Treatments are Required for Optimal Results?

As with any muscle, the more contractions performed, the stronger the muscle will be. While a single pelvic floor treatment will likely provide mild benefits, optimal results are seen following a series of 6-8 treatments over 3 months. Patients return for maintenance treatment every 6-12 months.

Is There Any Downtime After Treatment?

No, there is no recovery/downtime with V-tone. Results are cumulative and maximum results are felt 1-2 weeks after the last treatment. Some women report feeling a bit sore the day following their initial treatment, as is expected when starting a new exercise routine.

What are the Risks of VTone?

There are no negative side effects of VTone. Women with a history of a hypertonic or tense pelvic floor should not chose the procedure as their symptoms can worsen. Other contraindications are patients with cardiac pacemakers and internal defibrillators or any active electrical implant/device in any region of the body.

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Each client meets with an Empower RF Practitioner to discuss your options and to assess suitability.

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