After childbirth I had been struggling to strengthen my pelvic floor in consultation with a physiotherapist, but my progress was slow and I was itching to run again. After doing some research on different trainers, I decided to bite the environmental bullet and have the Elvie shipped to me in Canada from the UK (it’s not available here yet).
I am very glad I did. After six weeks of using the Elvie (a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 times a day), I met all the criteria for returning to run and have been doing so for three weeks now with no leaks. The pelvic floor physiotherapist I work with was amazed at the level of progress.
Three weeks after receiving the Elvie, its Bluetooth functionality suddenly deteriorated and it wouldn’t connect. I contacted Elvie, and after asking a single question they shipped me a new one straight away.
I have only two issues: First, I’m hoping it’ll be made available in Canada soon. And second, it would be nice to have a “free play” option. In its current form, you can’t work outside the bounds of the program, which has several levels that add on exercises as you move up. It would be very beneficial to be able to do your own reps/sets of kegels — say, 10 lifts for 10 seconds each with 10 seconds in between — and to get the biofeedback on how you’re doing.
Physiotherapists have their own recommendations on what individual clients need to do, and if the Elvie could accommodate that, it would make an already exceptional product even better.