CEO PonteMed Ireland.
Dr. Remo P. Schneider,
CEO PonteMed AG Schweiz.
PonteMed Ireland in association with the parent company PonteMed AG with headquarters in Teufen, Switzerland have manufactured innovative medical devices in the areas of health and quality of life since 2010.
The newly developed PelviPower-Training. addresses a growing need in all sections of society. Most people in western society work in a seated position. And even when we move, we still spend long periods sitting in cars, trains and airplanes. At the gym, we tend to work on our exterior musculature. But often we forget the important core of our bodies – the pelvic floor and the surrounding muscular system.
Neglecting to train the core of our bodies can often contribute to incontinence and sexual dysfunction. What’s more, a strong core has positive knock-on effects on posture and can therefore alleviate back pain, tighten the tissue around our buttocks and upper sides, and also improve potency and libido.
At best, the increasingly widespread use of nappies, pads or chemical/pharmaceutical products can only be a stop-gap solution, as they restrict freedom and are frequently associated with unwanted side effects.
Traditional methods of training the pelvic floor, above all postpartum, are important elements in prevention. But the techniques are difficult to learn; it is probably only in rare cases that the exercise regime is maintained regularly and for any length of time.
Some standard electro-treatments have the disadvantage of being invasive. This may require intervention in the most intimate parts of our bodies and come with a certain risk of infection as well. The newly developed PelviPower-Training reflects a modern lifestyle and the rising expectations for modern healthcare in broad sections of society.
It directly addresses what until now has been a taboo topic. PelviPower-Training is a convenient method. It is non-invasive and can therefore be performed fully dressed, sitting down, and at any time. We have collaborated with prestigious experts from the scientific community and practising specialists in recent years to develop PelviPower-Training standards. Attending physicians, therapists and healthcare professionals will have no difficulty applying these standard treatments in their practices.
We are delighted to bring this innovative and holistic treatment to you in your local clinics throughout Ireland. We look forward to working together with Consultants, General Practitioners and Physiotherapists to alleviate suffering, improve health and to provide a better quality of life to all those affected.
Amanda Torrens, CEO PonteMed Ireland.
Dr. Remo P. Schneider, CEO PonteMed AG Schweiz.
“Weakness of the pelvic floor muscles has long been identified as a cause of urinary incontinence. Pelvic floor muscle weakness is common after childbirth, and it is also associated with age. As people are going to live longer pelvic floor muscle weakness will become one of the most important causes of urinary incontinence. Therefore, any treatments that can strengthen the pelvic muscles will carry great benefit in preventing and treating incontinence.
The treatment of incontinence and other pelvic disorders depends on strengthening the pelvic muscles. Traditional methods of strengthening the pelvic floor muscles have involved active participation by the patient in contracting muscles and often involves techniques which are intrusive and uncomfortable.
Pontemed Clinic Ireland have identified a method of treating pelvic floor muscle weakness with their PelviPower Chair. It is a passive treatment, relying on magnetic waves which are used to stimulate the entire pelvic musculature which is done passively as the user sits in the chair, rather than having to actively contract the muscles on the instruction of his health specialist.
The treatment involves the user sitting in the chair passively and fully clothed. Treatments are repetitive. Each session lasts approximately 15 to 20 minutes and there may be a requirement for 10 or even up to 20 sessions. It can be used by all users who are aged over 18 provided that they have no medical contraindication to sitting on the device.
All users referred for treatment on the PelviPower Chair may be referred by a medical specialist who has identified pelvic floor weakness as the cause of their problem. In the vast majority of cases, this will be to treat urine or faecal incontinence, but there are a number of disorders which are directly due to pelvic floor dysfunction that can be treated by the PelviPower Chair as well.
The medical specialist will be able to identify who cannot be treated on the PelviPower Chair. Any user who has a pacemaker or other medical device that could be caused to malfunction by the magnetic waves involved in this treatment cannot be placed on the PelviPower Chair. Furthermore, any user who has had a hip replacement or metal orthopaedic appliance in the region of the pelvis, cannot be treated on the PelviPower Chair.
The arrival of Pontemed Clinics to Ireland will build on the traditional means of strengthening pelvic floor muscles with the particular advantage that it is well tolerated, it is non-invasive and patients can undergo treatment much more frequently than with traditional methods.”
Mr. Eamon Rodgers,
“So to put things in context for you a little, the Pelvic Floor Muscles are a small bowl shaped group of muscles in Women and Men that Control the bladder and bowel, support the pelvic organs and are imperative for normal sexual function. Women’s and Men’s Health & Continence is the Specialty of Physiotherapy that provides treatment for men and women with pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. It is one of the oldest specialties of Physiotherapy and in the UK where I studied it is the one of the special interest groups with the largest number of members. The problems are awful for patients but the treatment results are great! Electromagnetic Stimulation (PelviPower Chair Treatment) is an exciting new adjunct to pelvic floor muscle training for patients who cannot perform pelvic floor muscle exercises themselves adequately or who have very weak muscles.
An Irish Study was carried out in 2015 and it was called ‘Urinary Incontinence Awareness Survey’, carried out by Empathy Research. 1007 adults from Ireland participated. 63% reported that Urinary Incontinence negatively affected their social life. One in 10 said it affected their sex life. 47% agree that it is a taboo topic that causes frustration, upset and embarrassment.
Urinary Incontinence affects almost 1 in 3 women worldwide.
Another interesting study supporting the use of electrical stimulation is from Brown CA and Sharples R. Does Neuromuscular electrical stimulation increase pelvic floor muscle strength in women with urinary incontinence with an ineffective pelvic floor contraction? Yes it does, Reference: Journal of Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health, Spring, 2014, 114, 56-42.
Effectiveness of Pelvic Floor Muscle Training (PFMT) for Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) 44-75% cure rate in the literature, Reference: Bo 1999, Morkved 2002, Labrie 2013.
Prostate problems in men are common: 1 in 5 men will develop Prostatic symptoms. 1 in 6 will develop Prostate Cancer. Erectile Dysfunction: 1 in 10 men will have it, more than 50% of men over 40 will have it. Urinary Incontinence is seen in 11-34% of older men (Buckley 2010) Urinary Incontinence in Men 1 year post Postate Surgery with between 2 and 35% (Palmer 2000). Dorey 2014 Pelvic Floor muscle training for Erectile Dysfunction, can have cure rates up to 100%. Young men can have Chronic Non Bacterial Prostatitis and older men with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (Enlarged Prostate) both groups of men can have pelvic floor muscle dysfunction and it can be very successfully treated.
Finally and most importantly, the recent newly published study from the American Journal of Urology 2017 (Lim et al) showed cure rates of 75% in women that had Pulsed Magnetic Stimulation (PelviPower Chair Treatment) to treat Stress Urinary Incontinence.”
Aoife Ni Eochaidh
Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Galway Clinic.