STAYING DRY™ an Integrative Medical Clinic Program
Leaking, does this sound familiar?
- Losing urine when you don’t want to?
- Feeling like you have to urinate even when you know your bladder isn’t full?
Yes, incontinence is embarrassing! Does this sound better?
- It can be improved and stopped often without medications or surgery.
- IMC Staying Dry™ program for men and women is proven to be effective in preventing, reducing, or eliminating incontinence.
- Meet with family physician Ellen Barnett, MD for an initial consultation and exam. If necessary, medications will be considered. When appropriate you will be referred to the IMC Staying Dry™ program.
STEP 1 for Women
Discover the muscles of your Pelvic Floor
In a small group, women-only class you will learn to find, properly engage, and begin to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. If traditional Kegel exercises haven’t completely helped you, you may find that this class will.
- Instructor: Cynthia Calmenson, Feldenkrais®-based Dynamic Movement practitioner & Total Control® instructor
STEP 2 for Women & Men
A private, 1- hour consultation with Sandie McCarthy, RN.
You will learn why incontinence happens, review your own bladder habits, and start learning about bladder retraining, how the pelvic floor muscles work, how food choices effect your symptoms and much more. Sandie will explain the treatment options that match your needs and goals and set up a treatment schedule.
- Pelvic Floor Therapist: Sandie McCarthy, RN
Treatment sessions begin for Women
You may have one or more of these treatments.
- Biofeedback using your personal vaginal probe, a computer graph will show how your muscles are working, and Sandie will give you real-time guidance on using those muscles.
- Pelvic Floor Muscle E-Stim to “wake up” lax or weak muscles
- Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS)* which provides gentle bladder nerve stimulation.
Treatment sessions begin for Men
- You will start Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS)* with Sandie McCarthy, RN
- 12 weekly sessions for 30 minutes each. All done at IMC
Follow-up for Women & Men
- Three months after your program ends, IMC will schedule a follow-up visit to check on your progress
*PTNS is done at IMC. You sit comfortably in a quiet room. Sandie McCarthy, RN will insert a thin needle in your lower leg near your tibial nerve. The needle is connected to a gentle nerve stimulator. You sit for 30 minutes, once a week, for 12 weeks.