Encouraging the strengthening of the muscles of the pelvic region is the easiest and safest way to treat female patients for urinary incontinence. Until recently, performing pelvic floor muscle exercises, also known as Kegel exercises, was a hit or miss proposition. Women might attempt the different maneuvers in private or under the guidance of a physical therapist, but measuring the impact of the workouts was difficult or impossible to accomplish.
The PeriCoach system, a combination of a personal training app for smartphones and a physical device with bluetooth connectivity, gives women with urinary incontinence an alternative to physical therapy, along with some relief from the frustration of not knowing whether they're performing the exercises properly. Patients can simply insert the PeriCoach device between their pelvic muscles and watch real-time results of their workouts on the screen of their smartphone. The system can alleviate some of the embarrassing aspects of seeking and initiating treatment for urinary incontinence.Leslie M. Rickey, MPH, MD Paid Consultant: PeriCoach