Technology does so much to improve our lives, with many products making it possible for us to carry less individual gadgets and have it all combined into one, while others monitor our health. A new Australian gadget falls into the latter category, and while it won’t be useful to all, it looks to be beneficial for those who need it most.
The people who would need this most would be women, as the PeriCoach is one of first devices for pelvic floor muscle training that can connect to a smartphone app and a web portal.
Designed for home use and to inform clinicians and physiotherapists with your progress, the PeriCoach is a small phallic-like gadget designed to be used by women, with sensors located in the body of the device to measure muscle strength, similar to what Kegel exercises do and what perineometers will track.
“The problem with traditional perineometers is that they measure the pressure inside,” said Geoff Daly, CEO of Analytica Medical, the company responsible for the PeriCoach. “That’s an indirect and often misleading indicator of whether the pelvic floor muscles are being exercised.”
“That’s fine for 1940’s, but we were able to adapt modern technology to measure the force exerted by the pelvic floor muscles themselves. So we have a patented advantage being able to measure the muscles that matter.”
But the information is only useful if there’s a guide to help you improve, and if a clinician is seeing what you’re doing, tracking your progress throughout it.
To help with this, PeriCoach relies on Bluetooth to send information to smartphones, with the battery delivering as much as four hours of continuous use and up to one week in standby. The smartphone app is only one part of the equation, too, as a medical professional can login to the PeriCoach web system and track your progress from afar, making it possible for the important people to see the information that they need.