Catherine CrosbieGood day! For those who don’t yet know me, my name is Catherine Crosbie and I’m the owner/operator of Body Works Med Spa & Wellness. In this article, I share my own Emsella experience as an example of how Emsella offers pelvic floor rehabilitation.

While pelvic floor issues show up in different ways and for different reasons, I hope that sharing my Emsella experience will provide some insight into how Emsella can help. If you’re reading this because you’re experiencing pelvic floor issues, please know that you’re not alone. There are resources out there that may offer a solution and Emsella is a solution worth exploring.

Day to day life can feel hopeless for those experiencing pelvic floor issues. From incontinence, to prolapse, to sexual dysfunction, many people don’t feel comfortable talking about their pelvic health. This tends to worsen the problem! When you’re struggling with a pelvic health issue and you don’t seek help, conditions can worsen and detract from, if not destroy, your quality of life over time. Avoidance can harm your health, social life, sex life, relationships, and more. If this article helps just one person gain the courage to seek help, it will be worth it.

Pregnancy & Giving Birth Before My Emsella Experience

My pelvic floor issues started after the birth of my first child. I was pregnant and gave birth during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result and like many people, I didn’t get enough quality care during my pre and post-natal experience.

First, I had no idea at the time that it was a good practice to do pelvic floor physiotherapy during pregnancy. It helps prepare you for birth and provides an understanding of how to manage recovery. That being said, if I had known, I wouldn’t have been able to work with a pelvic floor physiotherapist anyway. Lockdowns had already begun and these clinics were closed.

Emsella after pregnancyWhile I remained healthy during my first pregnancy, giving birth was nothing like I expected. The baby came shockingly fast, especially for a first child. And when it was time to push, the baby was in distress. Under pressure, my doctor requested my consent to perform a vacuum delivery with the increased likelihood of damage to my body. I immediately consented for fear of losing my baby. My beautiful boy was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, but he did not suffer any complications and it appeared that I didn’t either.

Trying To Recover During The Pandemic

After giving birth, Nova Scotia was still under lockdown. Nursing and carrying my baby gave me significant back pain and I was unable to seek support. Everything was still locked down including physiotherapy and other health clinics. I eventually stopped nursing my baby because it was too hard on me. And around the same time, I noticed a new problem…

As I started working at a desk more often, I noticed I felt like I had to pee suddenly and frequently. Even more perplexing was that when I ran to the bathroom to pee, almost nothing came out! Fortunately, I didn’t leak before getting to the bathroom, but running to the bathroom for no good reason up to 20 times a day was really frustrating. I later discovered that my condition was a less severe version of urge incontinence.

Urinary incontinence can be categorized into three types: stress, urge, and mixed. Stress incontinence involves leaking pee when there’s a physical stress on the body such as sneezing or jumping. Urge incontinence involves leaking pee because of a sudden and inexplicable need to use the bathroom. Mixed incontinence is a combination of stress and urge incontinence. All of these conditions are common among women who have been pregnant and given birth, but they affect others, too. My condition was a pre-curser to urge incontinence.

We were nearing the end of the pandemic when I readied to open Body Works Med Spa & Wellness in September 2021. That’s when I started to understand my condition and realized that Emsella – one of the devices that I was buying – may be able to help me. It’s approved by Health Canada for the treatment of stress, urge, and mixed urinary incontinence after all.

My First Emsella Experience

During my team’s initial training, our educator from BTL Aesthetics had me sit in the Emsella chair to show everyone how to work it. She turned up the intensity much faster than we do during treatments, which gave me quite a fright! Not only did I let out a few curse words, I jumped right out of the chair and ran across the room! The whole team had a great chuckle over that.

Emsella chair and deviceIn all seriousness, people respond differently to Emsella treatments. Some people get up to 100% intensity within 5 minutes of their first treatment and feel quite comfortable. Others need to inch the intensity up to 100% over the first few treatments. Needless to say, I needed the more gradual approach. Regardless of how quickly you get to a high intensity, the muscle contractions are undeniable. They don’t call it “the Kegel Throne” for nothing!

Despite the busyness and stress of opening the clinic, I was eager to complete a full Emsella treatment plan to see what it would do for my urge to pee. I was also excited that it would help me develop more core strength. I’ve always valued fitness, but having a baby during the pandemic with no maternity leave and a new business left me feeling depleted. There just wasn’t enough time or energy for strength training.

I was partway through my initial treatment series before I noticed that my urge to pee was dissipating. By the time I completed my treatments, my urge was gone. I felt stronger and noticed a difference in my core strength. Wow!

My Emsella experience was a great one. All I had to do was sit on the chair a few times, fully clothed, for 28 minutes, and it cured my issue. It was such a relief to work at my desk without all of those urge interruptions. Plus I got a nice kick-start to building back my fitness. I could only imagine how difficult it must be for people suffering with more serious conditions.

Stay Tuned For Part 2

Unfortunately though, my pelvic floor issues didn’t end there. It turns out that my vacuum delivery did some damage after all. This time, I had a different set of problems which showed up during my second pregnancy about two years later. And I was unable to use Emsella at the onset of my symptoms because it’s contraindicated (not recommended) during pregnancy.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of my Emsella experience.

Book A Free Consultation & 5-Minute Demo

Want to get more information about Emsella and even experience it for yourself? Here at Body Works Med Spa & Wellness, we offer free consultations which include a free 5-minute demo. That’s right – you can feel it before you ever make a financial investment. We’re also the most experienced Emsella provider in the province of Nova Scotia. To book your free consultation and demo, click this link or call 902-405-0858. We look forward to seeing you.

By Published On: July 9, 2024Categories: Emsella