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May is Pelvic Pain Awarenss Month
Wait…pain “down there?” Yes, pain in the nether regions. Areas that we tend to talk about in hushed tones, in private, or with an embarrassed laugh.
I am often asked why I practice yoga, and why I bring it into my Physical Therapy practice. As a PT, I work with my patients and clients to restore, maintain, and promote not only the best physical function possible, but optimal wellness and fitness and optimal quality of life as it relates to movement and health, physical, mental, and emotional.
The pelvic floor and prolapse are getting a lot of attention on Social Media platforms and on google; some of it is worthwhile, and much of it is scary and not helpful, so we thought it was time to talk a little about prolapse. At Embody Physiotherapy, we work with a number of women with Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP). Like all of our clients, no 2 of them are the same, and likewise their symptoms and the solutions to address their POP vary.
Rebecca shares a little about her 3 very different deliveries, what she wished she had known then, and why we advocate for WELL Mom care during pregnancy and in the postpartum recovery and restoration stages. We want moms and moms-to-be to have care when they are feeling great, and to know where to turn when not feeling so great, or when unsure! "I did not know amazing terms and instructions like “blow as you go” or “exhale with exertion,” and I certainly was not being proactive in my care! I had Pelvic Floor pain with or without lifting the baby, walking, or moving, and all I could think to do was to keep going, because isn’t that what new moms are supposed to do (and to care for the toddler at home?)." No one told me otherwise, AND I did not know to ask!
Our Canadian PT and PhysioYoga colleague, Shelly Prosko, shared this blog post with us, and we appreciate her wisdom. "Self-care" has become a term tossed around with ease, but as Shelly notes it caan easily become another "to-do list" item to be checked from the list.
From her blog: "I do believe there is one consistent feature of self-care, and it is self-compassion. Self-compassion includes having a clear non-judgemental awareness of your needs and having the courage, kindness and love to meet those needs, including asking for support when needed.
We love working with other Health Providers and know that teamwork gives our patients the best outcomes! Thanks to Dr. Christopher Carr for inviting us to share on his "Health Nuts" podcast about Pelvic Floor health for women, men, and children. Listen on these links:
Why Are We Still Talking About Incontinence?
This week is World Continence Week and I am taking a few minutes to write about why this is so important! Why are we still talking about this?
Because urinary incontinence is a big deal!
“Summer-time, and the living is easy” as the song goes, except when your child is not able to do activities and take trips and visits because of bedwetting and daytime wetting, and because of embarrassment about wetting and pull-ups. At Embody, in addition to working with adults, Rebecca Meehan PT WCS PYT works with kids and their parents to address pediatric pelvic floor problems. Summer time and no school schedule is a great time to begin to work on resolving bedwetting, daytime wetting and dribbling, constipation and encopresis (fecal incontinence).
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