What is MAPLe and how is it different from other biofeedback and electrical stimulation devices on the market?
MAPLe is a biofeedback and electrical stimulation device that uses a uniquely designed probe with 24 electrodes to provide real-time information about the activity of each muscle in the pelvic floor. This helps isolate specific muscles that may be overworked or not activating enough, causing issues such as pelvic pain, painful bladder syndrome, and incontinence.
MAPLe uses biofeedback or electrical stimulation to activate underactive muscles or deactivate those that are working too hard. Unlike other devices that activate all muscles, MAPLe addresses asymmetries in the pelvic floor to provide targeted treatment.
How does MAPLe work?
MAPLe uses an app linked to a single-use probe to read signals from the 24 gold-plated electrodes and map out the pelvic floor activity on a screen in real time. The app takes baseline measurements at rest, with maximum contraction, and with sustained hold to isolate problematic muscles. The device can then use electrical stimulation to activate or deactivate specific muscles, or show the patient how to activate or release those muscles on their own.
Can MAPLe help with specific conditions?
MAPLe can help with conditions such as stress or urge urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, overactive bladder or painful bladder syndrome, prolapse, pain during intercourse, or coccyx pain. With accurate diagnoses and treatment, MAPLe can make a difference in symptoms or even completely resolve them.
The device can assess the patient in the position where they have symptoms, making diagnoses and treatments more targeted and efficient. Progress can be tracked objectively by comparing readings from one session to another.
How can I get started with MAPLe?
To get started with MAPLe, patients can book a women’s health discovery session and request a MAPLe assessment for an additional charge of £25 per session.
On the first visit, patients will need to purchase the probe for £120.
Appointments are recommended to be weekly for at least the first 4-6 weeks and then can be spaced out depending on how symptoms are resolving. Exercises will be given to aid in recovery, and patients may be asked to use another device at home. Continued care appointments are available for patients who have had a previous assessment.