Pelvic Floor Therapy and Dry Needling Posts
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Samantha Curran PT, DPT, CMTPT, CSCS
APRIL IS CESAREAN SECTION AWARENESS MONTH
Pregnant or postpartum? 32% of births in the US occur Via C-section. Call today for any questions regarding recovery and how to return to your desired activities safely.
Did you know that 18% of women continue to have chronic pain post cesarean section? This can be pain related to scar tissue, hip pain or generalized pelvic pain. There are multiple techniques that can be utilized to improve mobility and reduce overall pain. Speak with our pelvic floor specialist to see how she can help you with your postpartum recovery. Call (620) 235-1500 or click the red contact button above.
APRIL IS ALSO MULTIPLE BIRTH AWARENESS MONTH
Pregnant or postpartum with twins or higher order multiples? Hats off to you! You are doing a great job momma! If you have had multiples make sure to take time for yourself to get the help you need! This month is Multiple Birth Awareness Month, and while we think of our little munchkins and the journey we have been through with them, also think of yourself and the capability and strength you have! Call today to set up an appointment to improve any unresolved pregnancy symptoms!
Introduction to Pelvic Floor Therapy Video
We recently posted our Introduction to Pelvic Floor Therapy FB Live video to our YouTube page which you can view here:
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We had some great questions that were emailed to us that we are posting here. Hopefully they will be of use and interest to you:
Q: I have always had pain with speculum exams and with using a tampon, is there anything that can be done for that?
A: Yes, Inserting something such as a speculum or tampon into the vaginal canal should not be painful. I frequently see patients with pelvic pain, and there are several techniques that we use. First off we determine the cause for the symptoms and then from there we would do hands on techniques and relaxation techniques in order to improve tissue mobility. I always give my patients “homework” to allow them to work on techniques outside of the clinic in order to require few treatments and increase the speed of recovery.
Q: I have had incontinence since my last child was born 23 years ago, I guess I just thought this was normal, is there something that can be done for this?
A: YES, yes there is! Incontinence post baby does not have to be a normal part of motherhood! As a matter of fact, it’s NOT normal! It’s our body’s way of telling us that something is weak or not working appropriately. So if you are leaking with your workouts, playing with your kids, laughing, or if it comes when you pull into your driveway, you hear running water, or you see a toilet, this does not have to be the case!
Q: I was having a hard time emptying my bladder, had other complications and had to have my prostate removed. Unfortunately now I am leaking urine. Is there something you could do to help with this?
A: YES, I have seen many men post surgery that have gone from one extreme to the other. I often times work with men to improve the activation of the pelvic floor muscles and then work on coordinating that contraction with functional tasks. Often times men do not think about activating the pelvic floor like women do, so it is a little more foreign when they try. With a little cueing and some diligent work at home, we can see significant improvements in symptoms.
Q: You mentioned constipation. I have struggled with constipation for YEARS, it has affected my life significantly. I take several medications, laxatives and so forth. Is there anything that you could do that may give me some relief?
A: YES, there are multiple things that we can do to help with constipation. First, we want to determine the cause. Are the muscles of the pelvic floor working how they are suppose to? If not this is a good place to start. We would also work on specific routines to help your body find its proper rhythm and get on a good schedule. We would work on the abdomen, relaxation techniques, toileting techniques and so forth. We would use what is called “biofeedback” to help with retraining in order to help you to have a better understanding of what the muscles are doing.
Approximately 13 million Americans are incontinent. Just because it’s common, doesn’t mean it’s normal! Whether leakage is occurring with exercise, the urge to use the restroom or other triggers, in most cases, there are alternatives to improve these symptoms! If this is you, call (620) 235-1500 today to set up an appointment with our pelvic floor specialist. You can also contact her by clicking the red contact button at the top of the page.
Chronic Pelvic Pain
Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) is a common diagnosis affecting approximately 26% of women. There are many correlations with pelvic pain including central sensitization, painful bladder syndrome, IBS, endometrioses and more. Our Pelvic floor provider will work closely with your healthcare team to provide a holistic approach to management of symptoms and an improved quality of life.