Medical College Of Wisconsin To Study New Incontinence Device

BROOKFIELD, Wis., Aug. 2, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has begun a clinical study of InTone®, a new, FDA-approved medical device that treats female urinary incontinence. The 12-week study will evaluate the effectiveness of InTone in women with stress incontinence, urge incontinence, or mixed (stress AND urge) incontinence.

Stress incontinence is unwanted bladder leakage that can occur after coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercise. Urge incontinence is a strong, sudden need to urinate due to bladder spasms or contractions. Altogether, urinary incontinence affects up to 25 million, or one in four, adult American women, according to the National Association for Continence (NAFC).

Women who qualify for the study will receive an InTone device and instructions on how to properly use it at home. Study subjects will be evaluated at intervals during the 12-week study period for progress, physical changes and safety factors. Subjects will complete incontinence questionnaires at regular intervals and complete a “bladder diary.”

In most cases the root cause of urinary incontinence is poor muscle tone in the pelvic floor muscles – caused by childbirth, lack of exercise, too much high-impact exercise, obesity, trauma, age, or other factors. Most women who “leak” endure their problem in silence. Absorbent pads and diapers, if used, do nothing to treat the condition. Medications, if prescribed, can cause side effects and are not always effective. Surgery, if performed, can be traumatic and painful, and is not always effective. Research has shown that even when properly taught how to perform pelvic floor, or Kegel, exercises, about half of all women do them incorrectly.

InTone is an inserted device that combines mild micro-current stimulation (similar to a TENS unit), exercises and guided biofeedback to strengthen the muscles in the pelvic floor. After prescribing InTone, the physician customizes the settings for InTone and the patient is shown how to properly insert and position the device. A sensor in the unit measures pressure to determine if the patient is doing the exercises properly. The biofeedback unit uses voice-guided instruction to take her through the routine and reports her muscle isolation and strength. Each daily session takes about ten minutes and is done in the privacy of the patient’s own home. Data from each session is recorded, and after two weeks or so, the physician analyzes the recorded data and adjusts InTone based on the patient’s progress. At-home treatment sessions continue, with additional checkups to evaluate progress. It is anticipated that patients will experience progress in a few weeks, and may experience effective relief in about 90 days.

According to Michael Guralnick, MD, principal investigator for the MCW study, data from daily InTone sessions will be collected and analyzed by the study investigators. “This is just as a physician who prescribes InTone would do,” said Dr. Guralnick. “In an efficacy study, we aim to determine whether the treatment delivers its intended result – and to what degree it does so. In other words, does it effectively treat urinary incontinence.” Secondarily, the study will measure improvement in pelvic floor muscle tone, improvement in sexual function based on a questionnaire, and finally, the usability and tolerability of the InTone device.

According to the National Association for Continence:

Two-thirds of men and women age 30-70 have never discussed bladder health with their doctor.
On average, women wait 6.5 years from the first time they experience symptoms until they obtain a diagnosis for their bladder control problems.
Two-thirds of individuals who experience loss of bladder control symptoms do not use any treatment or product to manage their incontinence.

“We want women to know that ‘leaking’ isn’t normal, it could get worse, and it can be effectively treated,” said Herschel “Buzz” Peddicord, president and CEO of InControl Medical, LLC, and inventor of InTone. “We encourage women to talk to their doctors about it – and we encourage doctors to ask their patients.”

In pre-market testing, 85 percent of test subjects who used InTone reported that their incontinence symptoms disappeared. “Obviously we are excited about that,” said Peddicord. “We believe InTone can be the new standard of care for the treatment of female urinary incontinence, or unwanted bladder leakage.”

InTone is now available by prescription to patients in the United States. It was developed by InControl Medical, LLC, an FDA-listed company based in Brookfield, Wisconsin providing specialty medical products for women’s health, and is sourced and manufactured entirely in the United States. More information on InTone can be found at

SOURCE InControl Medical

Battery-Powered Microcurrent Devices can Relieve Pain & Depression

London : Scientists have been exploring the healing powers of electricity, particularly microcurrent therapy (MCT), involving a plethora of domestic gadgets that seemingly relieve pain, gout or depression.

Named Alpha-Stim and Microdoctor, these devices powered by a few AA batteries deliver a tiny current to the skin which cannot be felt through clips or sticky pads.

They are being touted as treatments for everything from joint pain to back pain to headaches, gout, multiple sclerosis and even depression.

Our bodies are composed of billions of atoms which produce electrical signals that run almost instantaneously through the body as nerve signals, controlling all bodily functions both conscious and unconscious.

MCT device companies claim injury and illness upset these signals and the treatment resets our natural electrical currents, aiding healing and reducing pain, the Daily Mail reported.

MCT involves electrical currents measuring less than one milliampere while a lightbulb may use about 500 milliamperes.

“New applications are mostly used for pain relief and soft tissue injury,” said Tim Watson, professor of physiotherapy at the University of Hertfordshire.

His team concluded that microcurrent is most effective when used for significantly longer than the daily 20 minutes recommended by most manufacturers.

Joanne Thompson, 32, a photographer who lives in Cambridgeshire with her husband Steve, 41 and their daughters, Ella, eight and four-year-old Amy, reported remarkable results.

She developed depression four years ago after her youngest daughter was born with a rare bowel condition.

“For the next two years I suffered panic attacks and had severe side effects from the medication – tummy upsets, nausea and weight gain. A friend of mine had been using a machine called Alpha-Stim. She suggested I try it alongside the pills. I was sceptical at first, but did some research and was impressed by the clinical studies and testimonials,” she said.

“You attach the clips to your ears and turn it on. I used it daily for two to three hours and would fall asleep with it. Within two months I felt a definite lift in my mood. After three months I felt I was able to cope with everyday life. It was a gradual process,” said Joanne.

Source: IANS

Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM)

What is FSM and why is it so unique?
Frequency specific microcurrent is a revolutionary therapy that dramatically increases the body’s ability to heal and repair itself. FSM can increase the rate of healing by up to 5 times and do so safely and effectively.

Every function in the human body is electrically based. The electricity made inside your cells provides the power for your body. When microcurrent is applied to the body at a specific frequency (speed), it can have positive effects on the condition of tissues and organs. FSM can help the body recuperate, promote pain relief, relax muscles, dissolve scar tissue and improve healing, all at accelerated rates.

FSM is painless; in fact you cannot even feel it. FSM provides electric current in the millionth of an ampere, which is below the stimulation threshold of sensory nerves. (Your own cells generate a current in the microamp range.)

Facts about FSM:

  • Increases ATP (the body’s own chemical energy) production by up to 500%
  • Reduces Cox-mediated inflammation by approximately 60%
  • Increases protein synthesis by 70%
  • Increases amino acid transport by up to 40%
  • Remodels and transforms scar tissue
  • Increases “feel good” Beta endorphin levels
  • Helps restore depleted adrenal function
  • Reduces fracture repair time by up to 50%
  • Enhances DNA synthesis, insulin binding, oxygenation, cellular repair, intracellular calcium uptake and immune function
  • Enhances neuromuscular recovery rate between events

What does that mean to you?

  • Decreased pain
  • Increased rate of healing
  • Increased range of motion
  • Decreased swelling

How do the frequencies work?
We believe FSM works on the principle of biologic resonance. A singer can shatter glass when the note resonates with the crystal structure of the glass. Microcurrent frequencies seem to be able to resonate with the biologic tissue when the correct frequency is applied.

Each cell has an ideal resonant frequency. When your body experiences any type of injury, trauma, stress or increased inflammation, the normal resonant frequency of that tissue is altered. The desired effect of FSM is to return the tissue back to its normal frequency.

FSM frequencies address a wide variety of physical conditions, reduce pain, and improve function. Conditions effectively treated with FSM:

  • Sports injuries
  • Low back and neck pain
  • Nerve/muscle pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fractures
  • TMJ
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis elbow
  • Sprains/strains

How long do the benefits last?
Every patient responds individually but the changes to the muscle seem to be long lasting. About 60-80% of the changes created in one treatment last until the next treatment, about 4-7 days. Your muscles are often used to being the way they are and may return to the old configuration if not treated again. Although patients have had permanent changes in one treatment, the average number of treatments depends on the complexity of the problem.

Treatments also need to be supported by appropriate lifestyle changes. (Ex: if the problem is chronic trigger points due to poor posture, FSM will help treat the trigger points. However, if the postural issues are not addressed the problem will likely recur.)

Risk/side effects
There are no known risks to either the patient or the practitioner as long as the FSM unit is used correctly. Side effects may occur in some, but not all patients. They are minimal, transient and can often be eliminated with proper hydration. The side effects are related to a detoxification reaction brought about by increased cellular metabolism and the removal of long-stored waste products, similar to the side effects of massage.

The side effects usually start 90 minutes after a treatment and may last for 4 to 24 hours, and can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness
  • Occasionally an increase in pain
  • Euphoric feeling due to the increased endorphins

In order to be effective the patient must be hydrated. This means approximately 1-2 quarts of water in the 2 hours preceding treatment and then again following treatment. Athletes may need more. This will also help reduce some potential side effects. Taking a good quality antioxidant supplement can also be helpful.

How does FSM compare to other devices?
FSM works on a cellular level. Other devices such as TENS (trans-cutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) unit cannot heal on a cellular level because its current is 1000 times too large. The current doesn’t match, or resonate with the cells in a way that can invoke a healing response. As such, the TENS is limited to temporary pain relief.

Other microcurrent devices are also significantly different from FSM. Microcurrent has been used for years to speed the rate of healing, control inflammation, increase the rate of fracture repair and treat myofascial pain and dysfunction. However, early devices allowed only a limited number of frequency settings and therefore treatment options. FSM is unique in that it can deliver a large number of frequency combinations targeted to the cells that need it most. Utilizing FSM we can treat a much broader array of conditions and do so much more effectively.