Magnetic chair helps against incontinence

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Consult urologist if bladder weakness

More than five million Germans struggle with mild to severe incontinence. Out of shame, however, only very few speak to a urologist about it. Specialists in kidney, bladder, ureter and urethra can often not only treat bladder weakness in both men and women, but also cure them in many cases. With the magnetic chair, for example, patients have a gentle, if still unknown method of therapy available.

“Anyone who suffers from frequent urge to urinate should have this checked by a urologist. If residual urine remains in the bladder, this bacteria provides an ideal breeding ground and often leads to painful inflammation as a result, ”explains Dr. Reinhold Schaefer, Bonn urologist and medical director of the medical network Uro-GmbH North Rhine. Other possible consequences: kidney failure and permanent incontinence. Various measures are used to effectively treat pathological urge to urinate. In addition to drug or surgical therapies, pelvic floor training is probably the best known method. Magnetic chair therapy is based on a similar principle of action: "With the magnetic chair, electromagnetic impulses are generated under the seat, which irritate the nerve cells and thus trigger short pulse-like muscle contractions of the pelvic floor muscles", describes Dr. Schaefer the effect. "In this way - similar to so-called electrostimulation - the sphincter of the bladder is trained passively." Urologists primarily use the external contraction aid to treat functional disorders of the lower urinary tract, particularly in the treatment of symptoms of the hyperactive bladder with urge incontinence, stress incontinence or mixed incontinence.

“In contrast to electrotherapy, there is no need to insert an electrode probe into the vagina or rectum. The patient sits fully clothed on the therapy chair while the urologist individually adjusts the intensity of the electromagnetic impulses, ”says Dr. Shepherd. Another advantage of pain-free therapy: Many sufferers regain a feeling for the position and mobility of the pelvic floor, which makes active pelvic floor training possible again. Studies show that about a third of the patients are symptom-free after six weeks and the symptoms improve significantly in a further third. However, the treatment is not suitable for patients with pacemakers or artificial hip joints made of metal. (pm)

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Video: Treatment for stress urinary incontinence in women: Mayo Clinic Radio


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