Bittium FemiScan

Bittium FemiScan therapy is an effective and pain-free method for the treatment of urinary incontinence and pelvic floor rehabilitation. Bittium FemiScan therapy is a natural alternative to surgery.

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Bittium FemiScan

Clinical tests have proven Bittium FemiScan therapy to be an effective and pain-free method for the treatment of urinary incontinence. Further, Bittium FemiScan therapy is a natural alternative to surgery.

 

Effectiveness - Effectiveness of Bittium FemiScan therapy has been proven by both scientific and clinical studies (references). Approximately eight (8) out of ten (10) urinary incontinence cases can be cured by using the method being utilized on Bittium FemiScan. Further, the continence increases in almost 100% of the cases.

Risk-Free - Risk-free and painless method to treat urinary incontinence. Bittium FemiScan is a natural choice with no harmful side-effects. Bittium FemiScan users consider this to be a pain-free treatment method.

Cost vs. Outcome - Cost for the patient is much lower when comparing Bittium FemiScan therapy with surgical or medical treatment. Bittium FemiScan therapy can be carried out at home which reduces the cost of treatment. When using Bittium FemiScan devices at the clinic the total cost of the treatment per patient becomes substantially smaller.

Rehabilitation after childbirth - Postnatal rehabilitation is advisable to start from pelvic floor muscles in order to prevent urinary incontinence and some muscle injuries. Bittium FemiScan therapy also increases vaginal tone after delivery.

How Bittium FemiScan works?

Bittium FemiScan devices (excluding FemiScan Stim) monitor and records muscle activity of each contraction of the pelvic floor muscles by using EMG-signals. The method offers accurate and fast measuring of pelvic floor muscle activity. Based on the measurement Home Trainer gives direct verbal feedback to guide the user towards correct exercising technique.

At the clinic, the medical professional can transfer the stored results to his/her computer, set new training goals and upload them into the FemiScan Home Trainer. Individualized training program and interactive verbal monitoring increase user compliance and are responsible for the significant increase in contraction strength and the decreased incontinence seen in case-controlled clinical trials.

Despite of modification possibilities it is possible to use FemiScan devices independently at home by a person suffering from urinary incontinence.
All that FemiScan user needs to do is to set the electrode in its place, put the headphones on, start the program by pressing the FemiScan button and follow the verbal instructions given through the headphones.

In the beginning of every training session FemiScan determinates the relaxation target level and the exercise target level. This is followed by the default or individualized program, which can be adjusted at the clinic by using FemiScan software. FemiScan Home Trainer saves data from every contraction into its memory where it can be downloaded and analyzed at the clinic.

The clear results from Femiscan therapy can normally be seen after training of 8–12 weeks. However positive changes usually occur after regular training of a few weeks. To reach permanent results it is recommended to repeat the therapy period once a year.

Bittium FemiScan Product range

Bittium FemiScan HomeTrainer

An interactive biofeedback device for women. HomeTrainer monitors muscle activity during every contraction and saves data from every training session. The instrument is primarily designed for the treatment of stress incontinence (four types of incontinence). However, it works well for urge and mixed incontinence too.

 

HomeTrainer is the right choice when rehabilitating pelvic floor muscles after childbirth.

HomeTrainer is extremely easy-to-use, safe and hygienic, thereby it is suitable for home use. In addition, HomeTrainer can be used at the clinic where it is possible to assess the results and adjust the training program with the healthcare professional.

Bittium FemiScan Stim

Bittium FemiScan Stim is an electric muscle stimulator for both men and women. Stim is especially suitable for the treatment of urge incontinence and for the persons with difficulties to identify their pelvic muscles. The device has been designed based on the latest research information on electric muscle stimulation. FemiScan Stim includes five (5) default programmes for the treatment of stress- urge- and mixed incontinence and one for the pain relief as well (TNS-treatment). FemiScan Stim is safe and easy to use which makes it suitable for both home and clinical use.

 

Bittium FemiScan Clinic Set

Bittium FemiScan Clinic Set (software and USB-interface) enables you to adjust HomeTrainer training programs to meet every patient's individual needs.

 

With Clinic Set you can also download training information from the HomeTrainer to your computer, archive the information and report it. In addition, easy-to-use Clinic Set software can be utilized to perform on-line measurement at the clinic.

References

Bittium FemiScan Research Publications

Xinliang Chen, Yao Gong, Dan Wu, Xiaocui Li, Huaifang Li, Xiaowen Tong and Weiwei Cheng. Pre- and postoperative evaluation of pelvic floor muscle function in POP patients using surface electromyography and digital palpation. Neurourology and Urodynamics, Jun 2013. (read abstract)

Hallencreutz Grape H, Dedering Å & Jonasson AF. Retest reliability of surface electromyography on the pelvic floor muscles. Neurourology and Urodynamics 2009. (read abstract)

Madill SJ & McLean L. Quantification of abdominal and pelvic floor muscle synergies in response to voluntary pelvic floor muscle contractions. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 2008 (in press).

Madill SJ & McLean L. Relationship between abdominal and pelvic floor muscle activation and intravaginal pressure during pelvic floor muscle contractions in healthy continent women. Neurourology and Urodynamics, 2006;25:722-30.

Chen CH et al. Relationship between ankle position and pelvic floor muscle activity in female stress urinary incontinence. Urology, 2005;66:288-292.

Aukee P et al. The effect of home biofeedback training on stress incontinence. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologia Scandinavica, 2004;83:973-977.

Aukee P. Biofeedback training in stress urinary incontinence. effect on muscle activity, the application of a home biofeedback device and the function of the pelvic floor musculature, PhD Thesis, Kuopio University Publications D Medical Sciences 315, 2003.

Aukee P et al. Increase in pelvic floor muscle activity after 12 weeks' training: A randomized prospective pilot study. Urology, 2003;60:1020-1024.

Aukee P et al. The effect of aging on the electromyographic activity of pelvic floor muscles - a comparative study among stress incontinent patients and asymptomatic women. Maturitas, 2003;44:253-257.

Shiozawa T et al. Evaluation of effect of biofeedback training for prevention against stress urinary incontinence using mathematical index of surface electromyography. Clinical Neurophysiology (Posters), 2006;117:S278-S279. Abstract.

Takada H et al. Quantitative evaluation of stability in surface electromyography for perineal muscle during biofeedback training. Clinical Neurophysiology (Posters), 2006;117:S280. Abstract.

Zhang Q et al. Surface electromyography of pelvic floor muscles in stress urinary incontinence. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 2006;95:177-178. Abstract.

 

Incontinence Methodology

Rett MT et al. Management of stress urinary incontinence with surface electromyography-assisted biofeedback in women of reproductive age. Physical Therapy, 2007;87:136-142.

Capelini MV et al. Pelvic floor exercise with biofeedback for stress urinary incontinence. International Brazilian Journal of Urology, 2006;32:462-469.

Glazer HI & Laine CD. Pelvic floor muscle biofeedback in the treatment of urinary incontinence: A literature review. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 2006;31:187-201.

Dannecker C et al. EMG-Biofeedback assisted pelvic floor muscle training is an effective therapy of stress urinary or mixed incontinence: A seven year experience with 390 patients. Archives of Gynecology Obstetrics, 2005;273:93–97.

Mørkved S et al. Pelvic floor muscle training during pregnancy to prevent urinary incontinence: a single-blind randomized controlled trial. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2003;101:313-319.

Aukee P et al. Intravaginal surface EMG probe design test for urinary incontinence patients. Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics Research, The International Journal, 2002;27:37-44.

Rudolph W & Galandiuk S. A practical guide to the diagnosis and management of fecal incontinence. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 2002;77:271-275.

Pages I-H et al. Comparative analysis of biofeedback and physical therapy for treatment of urinary stress incontinence in women. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2001;80:494-502.

Smith DB. A self-directed home biofeedback system for women with symptoms of stress, urge, and mixed incontinence. Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, 2000;27:240-246.

Bø K et al. Single blind, randomised controlled trial of pelvic floor exercises, electrical stimulation, vaginal cones, and no treatment in management of genuine stress incontinence in women. British Medical Journal, 1999;318;487-493.

Gunnarson M et al. Female stress, urge and mixed urinary incontinence are associated with a chronic and progressive pelvic floor/vaginal neuromuscular disorder. Neurourology and Urodynamics, 1999;18:613-621.

Hirsch A et al. Treatment of female urinary incontinence with EMG-controlled biofeedback home training. International Urogynecology Journal, 1999;10:7-10.

Blaivas JG et al. Definition and classification of urinary incontinence: recommendations of the urodynamic society. Neurourology and Urodynamics, 1997;16:149-151.

Blaivas JG et al. Standards of efficacy for evaluation of treatment outcomes in urinary incontinence: Recommendations of the urodynamic society. Neurourology and Urodynamics, 1997;16:145-147.

Berghmans LCM et al. Efficacy of biofeedback, when included with pelvic floor muscle exercise treatment, for genuine stress incontinence. Neurourology and Urodynamics, 1996;15:37-52.

Bø K. Pelvic floor muscle exercise for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence: an exercise physiology perspective. International Urogynecology Journal, 1995;6:282-291.

Andersen JT et al. Lower urinary tract rehabilitation techniques: Seventh report on the standardization of terminology of lower urinary tract function. Neurourology and Urodynamics, 1992;11:593-603.

Gruenwald I et al. Pelvic floor muscle fatigue: An innovative parameter for evaluation of pelvic floor function. Neurourology and Urodynamics, 1998;17:420-421. Abstract.

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