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Floor to Core: How to Strengthen Pelvic Floor & Core Muscles | Houston Specialists

Change happens. It can be great , like the way grape juice can change into wine! 

Or, change can be not so great, like the way you can no longer fully control your bladder. Or your back has started to constantly ache. There’s not enough wine to make those better, no matter how good that chardonnay is. 

Change for the better and strengthen your pelvic floor with the Floor to Core Program at MedSpa at ChristiMD

You may be suffering the effects of:

  • Childbirth
  • Menopause
  • Aging
  • Years of working in an office chair/seated
  • Medical treatments/cancer care

Understanding how to strengthen pelvic floor and core muscles can be the change you need to regain liberty, confidence, and joy in your life.

Below we cover the pelvic floor and its function, and how the Floor to Core Program can strengthen it with the professional treatment options at MedSpa at ChristiMD.

What is your pelvic floor?

When people talk about your pelvic floor, they’re usually referring to the muscles located between your tailbone, pubic bone, and pelvis.

Think of this group of muscles and connective tissues like a basket woven together to support these abdominal organs:

  • Bladder
  • Prostate
  • Urethra
  • Uterus
  • Vagina
  • Large intestine
  • Rectum
  • Anus

These muscles are important for urine and fecal control and elimination, along with reproductive function. When you squeeze your pelvic floor muscles, they tighten your urethra, anus, and vagina. Relaxing them widens each of these. 

Your pelvic floor muscles also provide secondary, but still important, functions, including vaginal tightness and erection/ejaculation.

What is your core?

Think of your core as the main part of your body—the trunk (without the junk). Your core is made up of areas and their corresponding muscle groups:

  • Pelvis
  • Mid & lower back
  • Hips
  • Abdomen

Your pelvic floor is considered part of your core. However, the functionality of your pelvic floor has such an impact on reproduction and eliminative function, it generally gets set apart from your core so that it can be addressed specifically.

When you’re playing hula-hoop or at a beach party doing “The Twist,” those are two examples of your core doing what it does best.

You Need to Know How to Strengthen Pelvic Floor and Core Muscles

If you haven’t already guessed it—or experienced it—these two interconnected muscle groups make life better when they’re functioning properly.

If your pelvic floor has weakened, you’ll most likely have issues with incontinence. You’ll lose your freedom as you adjust all your activities to ensure a bathroom is nearby “just in case.” Plus there’s the embarrassment when you have an accident in public. 

For women, that muscle laxity also causes a lessening of tightness or “grip” in the vagina, often causing sexual dysfunction issues. It can affect not only the woman’s pleasure during intercourse, but that of her partner too.

In men, poor pelvic floor strength can cause weak erections or an inability to maintain an erection. 

For both sexes, a weak pelvic floor can lessen the strength and satisfaction of their orgasms.

Core muscles keep our backs upright and supported. Sitting for long periods can, over the course of time, allow your spine to compress, causing back pain. Plus your torso loses mobility so that it’s hard to turn sideways, to reach for things, even to walk.

Your pelvic floor helps your core, and your core helps your pelvic floor. It’s an amazing system inside you. Sometimes it needs extra help to get back to working properly.

The Floor to Core Program at MedSpa at ChristiMD

There are many, many different exercise regimens that can slowly address muscle laxities in your pelvic floor and your core. However, with the Floor to Core Program, MedSpa at ChristiMD puts you on the comfortable, fast-track for strengthening your floor and core!

The Floor to Core Program involves a combination of two treatment devices:

The “EM” stands for “electromagnetic” energy. Both of these treatments use this energy to contract specific muscles/muscle groups at a rate far beyond what you could do during a regular, non-assisted exercise session.

For example, the clench-and-release of Kegel exercises, done long-term, can help your pelvic floor muscles remain strong and functioning properly to hold in your urine. 

With EMSella, you get the positive results from doing about 10,000 or more kegels Kegels—within each 30 minute session! That not only powerfully strengthens your pelvic floor every time you come in, it can quickly get you back in control of incontinence issues and help address vaginal laxity.

The Floor to Core Program at MedSpa at ChristiMD is 100% non-surgical and non-invasive. You can have both treatments done on the same day one after the other, or stagger them in the week for shorter visits. The choices are yours, as are the terrific results!

How EMSella Treatment Works 

EMSella treatment involves a specially designed chair that applies electromagnetic energy to your pelvic floor while sitting in it. The base of the chair contains HIFEM (high-intensity focused electromagnetic) technology, which induces deep pelvic floor muscle contractions.

You don’t have to change clothes or do anything besides relax and sit comfortably. The HIFEM energy causes the Kegel-like muscle contractions, 10 to 11 thousand per 30 minute session. Most patients require 6 treatment sessions at 2 per week for 3 weeks. 

What You Can Expect for EMSella

Consultation

During your consultation with Dr. Christi, you’ll talk about your concern, speaking openly and honestly because there’s only one goal: improving your wellness. During this time, Dr. Christi can help determine whether the Floor to Core Program is your best choice. 

Treatment

During your EMSella treatment, you’ll sit fully clothed while the HIFEM energy painlessly stimulates your pelvic floor muscles for the same results as doing several thousand Kegels within 30 minutes!

Post Treatment

You can get right back to your regular daily activities after treatment! EMSella requires zero downtime and no recovery time.

 Most patients notice significant improvements in muscle strength and bladder control almost immediately, with best results showing within 2 to 3 weeks after the last treatment.

How to Strengthen Pelvic Floor & Core Muscles with EMSculpt Neo

Your “core” is more than your six pack. It involves several groups of muscles around your torso and pelvic areas. Their interconnected abilities provide mobility & support for your spine, your internal organs, and for your pelvic floor.

A series of exercises can address these goals over the long term. But for immediate, effective results, there’s nothing like EMSculpt Neo

The multiple-award winning EMSculpt Neo 30-minute procedure is the only treatment which increases muscle in the targeted area while simultaneously reducing fat. 

BTL Aesthetics, creator of Emsculpt, dedicates itself to advancements in non-invasive body sculpting. Those efforts delivered the system. 

How EMSculpt Neo works

EMSculpt Neo uses high-intensity focused electromagnetic energy (HIFEM), delivered via comfortable, mobile application paddles. This energy causes super-maximal muscle contractions in the treatment area—up to 20,000 per session! 

EMSculpt Neo helps you contract the target muscles more than you could ever do on your own. In the areas where your body needs improved strength and support, EMSculpt Neo effectively builds the muscles responsible for those benefits.

A Secondary Benefit: Fat Reduction

The Floor to Core Program shows how to strengthen pelvic floor function through EMSella and building pelvic floor support via the core strengthening done with EMSculpt Neo. 

However, EMSculpt Neo also applies radiofrequency (RF) heating at the same time during treatment. This energy kills fat cells (apoptosis), which your body flushes over time via the body’s lymphatic system. These fat cells are permanently removed.

Several clinical studies show that EMSculpt Neo averaged 25% more muscle, and 30% less fat in the treatment areas. Your personal results vary.

What does EMSculpt Neo feel like?

During treatment you’ll experience a mild “pulling” sensation as the HIFEM energy makes your muscles contract.

You’ll also feel a heating sensation as the RF energy increases body fat temperatures in the targeted area. 

Don’t worry—your treatment will be customized for your comfort, so that contraction strength and heat levels achieve maximum effectiveness with zero discomfort. 

Which muscle areas can EMSculpt Neo improve?

EMSculpt Neo treats five target areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Buttocks (a butt lift)
  • Thighs
  • Calves
  • Arms 

Body contouring enthusiasts love the way EMSculpt Neo can help define areas where the muscles are hard to target, and/or adipose tissue just won’t budge. For the Floor to Core Program, it provides immediate results for support and functional improvement of the pelvic floor.

How to Support Your Floor to Core Results

Your Floor to Core Program at MedSpa at ChristiMD shows how to strengthen pelvic floor functionality quickly through a powerful combination of muscle-building treatments.

The results of your program will need to be supported by some lifestyle changes, so that you can enjoy lifelong benefits. Our team of trained providers will help you create an exercise plan that supports your Floor to Core Program results. Some of the exercises we’ll most likely recommend include:

  • Kegels
  • Pelvic tilts (using a stability ball)
  • Squats
  • Side leg lifts (“clamshells”)
  • Bridge (a yoga position)
  • Broken table (another yoga position)

Of course, you might already be involved in or have considered starting some stretching/exercises programs like yoga or pilates. 

These exercises can be fun and powerful routines that support your Floor to Core Program results. They can make you feel good all-around physically and emotionally. Exercise classes are a great opportunity to connect with like-minded people. 

FAQ’S

How do I know if the Floor to Core program will help me?

If you answered yes to any (or all) of these questions, it might be time for help from the Floor to Core Program at MedSpa at ChristiMD:

  • Do I leak urine unexpectedly—especially when I cough, laugh, or exercise?
  • Do you occasionally have a sudden, strong “have to pee right now” feeling?
  • Am I avoiding certain activities because of “accidents?”
  • Do I feel like I can’t leave my house?
  • Am I avoiding sexual activity due to fear of leaking?
  • Have I changed my daily habits to avoid an accident?
  • Am I afraid to be too far away from the bathroom?
  • Do I feel uncomfortable with my body and feel less confident?

Does EMSella hurt?

No, EMSella is painless. Dr. Christi even tested it on herself! 

Here’s her thoughts on the experience: 

“I can best describe it as a “strange” feeling. I could feel the contractions like a pulling or tugging on the pelvic floor. The contractions were quite strong, but it did not hurt. I found it to be comfortable and very simple. I could easily carry on a conversation or read during the treatment. There was absolutely no downtime, and I resumed all of my regular activities immediately.”

Does EMSculpt Neo have downtime?

No, the EMSculpt Neo treatment in your Floor to Core Program requires zero downtime. You can go back to your normal routine immediately. Depending on your chosen treatment intensity, you might have slight, temporary muscle soreness. Otherwise, make that day your own!

Can I do both Floor to Core Program treatments at the same time?

No, you can’t do both EMSella and EMSculpt Neo at exactly the same time, because the HIFEM energy would conflict. However, you can have one after the other during your visit to MedSpa at ChristiMD, if you wish!

Now That You Know How to Strengthen Pelvic Floor & Core Muscles…

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Our compassionate staff believes in open, honest, non-judgmental communication. You can tell us what’s going on with your pelvic floor without embarrassment. We’re here to listen, to ask questions for full understanding, and to help!

Operating inside Methodist West Medical Office Building Two, MedSpa at ChristiMD has access to highly advanced medical treatments that aren’t available under one roof anywhere else in Houston, TX. Discover the life-changing results available today, at ChristiMD!

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