Free Pelvic Floor Therapy Workshop

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Free workshop on endometriosis and pelvic floor dysfunction – how do they relate and why should you include a pelvic floor PT in your team?

Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 2:15pm – 4:15pm at the Mission Valley Library’s Community Room; 2123 Fenton Parkway in San Diego, California.

At this workshop, Jandra Mueller, DPT, of Synchronicity Physical Therapy will be discussing the role that the physical therapy plays – or should be playing – in your care. Jandra will discuss what the pelvic floor is, its functions, as well as treatments that may also benefit women suffering from endometriosis such as painful intercourse, “interstitial cystitis,” irritable bowel syndrome “IBS,” and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth “SIBO,” as well as the importance and tools to regulate the central nervous system. Jandra would also like to answer any questions you all may have regarding pelvic floor physical therapy! She has been working with women with endometriosis for the past several years and has also been one of the many women to suffer from this disease, so she understands firsthand how frustrating this condition can be! Please come join us on June 22nd for this exciting event!

Seating is limited, so please reserve your spot today.

We here at Bloomin’ Uterus are VERY excited to be able to help bring this event to San Diego. Jandra is an incredible EndoWarrior and friend.

Free tickets are available on Eventbrite. You can also feel free to RSVP on Facebook, but please secure a seat via Eventbrite. We are limited to 100 seats. If you do not wish to register via Eventbrite or Facebook, please contact me and I’ll put your name on the list of attendees.

And to those that cannot attend, we will *try* to videotape it and share the link.

Reader’s Choice : Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

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A bird’s eye view of the pelvic floor muscles

Have you heard of pelvic floor dysfunction?  I hadn’t; not before meeting women who suffer from it.  And I’d never heard of a pelvic floor before that, either.  We’re going to focus today on pelvic floor dysfunction in women (although men can get it).  But what is it?

The pelvic floor is made up of a lot of little muscles, nerves, and tissues all working together for your body to function.  Imagine it as a tightly-woven basket at the underside of your pelvis, sweeping from front to back, and side to side.  Not only does it support the organs of the pelvis, but it also wraps around the urethra, rectum, and vagina.  When these muscles, nerves, and tissues stop working properly (they are too tense or too lax), it’s called pelvic floor dysfunction.  It can cause pain and difficulty with urination, defecation, intercourse, and lower back pain.

Doctors aren’t sure what causes pelvic floor dysfunction, but know that it does exist…and can occur for a lot of different reasons.   Data shows that almost 50% of people that suffer with constipation actually suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction.

The symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction vary:

  • Feeling like you have to poo a lot over a short period of time
  • You feel unsatisfied about a poo and feel like you’ need to go more
  • Straining to poo
  • Constipation
  • A frequent need to pee.  Sometimes once you start peeing, you stop and start again mid-stream
  • It hurts to pee
  • You feel a need to bear down to pee
  • Lower back pain
  • Ongoing pain in your pelvis, genitals, or rectum
  • Painful sex
  • Muscle spasms along the pelvic floor

Many women with Endometriosis and Interstitial Cystitis suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction.  Some of these women treat with antidepressants, which may worsen the symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction.

If you suspect you have pelvic floor dysfunction, your doctor will get a complete medical history from you, including your symptoms.  He/she may conduct an internal physical examination to determine how well you can control your pelvic muscles.  Another test may involve the use of an adhesive pad with electrodes between your anus and vaginal opening which measures muscle contractions (this does not sound pleasant).  A perineometer may be used, which is a small tampon-like sensor that is inserted into the vaginal canal that takes readings of muscle strength and weakness.  An x-ray test may also be conducted:  you’re given an enema and your muscle contractions are visible to the physician as you push out your poo (I’d die of embarrassment).  Another test may check the weakness or strength of your ability to control urinating.

You’ve been told you have pelvic floor dysfunction.  Now what?  Several treatment options are available to you:

  • Physical therapy : internal or external manipulation of the muscles, trigger point release, massage, nerve release, and skin rolling.
  • Biofeedback and electric stimulation : working with a physical therapist using electrodes to measure and improve muscle coordination and relaxation.
  • Ultrasound therapy : using sound waves to help reduce spasms and reduce inflammation.
  • Cold laser treatments : may be used to reduce inflammation and pain.
  • Medication : low-dose muscle relaxants may help ease pelvic floor dysfunction and restore muscle control
  • Relaxation techniques : warm baths, yoga, breathing exercises, and stretching exercises may also help realign and restore whacky muscles
  • A change in diet : eat foods that are well-known to aid in the pooping-arena, such as high-fiber fruits and vegetables.
  • Surgery : in extreme cases, such as rectal prolapse, surgery may be required to repair dysfunctional pelvic floor muscles.

Several of the gals in our local support group had the pleasure of going to a pelvic pain & pelvic floor therapy workshop hosted by Comprehensive Physical Therapy in San Diego.  It was wonderfully enlightening, and a few of the therapists also suffer from Endometriosis.

Prevention Magazine ran a story in 2014 (careful, lots of pop-ups) about pelvic floor dysfunction and followed the story of “Lisa.”  The article also points out several tips and tricks you could do to help aid in the healing of PFD.

If you suffer from a pelvic floor disorder and want to meet a community of people who also know what you’re going through, you may want to check out Voices for PFD.

Thank you, Toni, for suggesting I read up and write about PFD.  I learned a lot today.

Resources:

Cleveland Clinic

Interstitial Cystitis

Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic – (Article; Feb. 2012) Recognition and Management of Nonrelaxing Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Monterey Bay Urology Associates

Prevention MagazinePrevention Magazine – (Article; April 2014) Why It Hurts Down There. What You Need to Know About Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

The University of Chicago Medicine

Vital Health Institute

Voices for PFD

~ Again, I am a layman.  I do not hold any college degrees, nor mastery of knowledge.  Please take what I say with a grain of salt.  If curious, do your own research 🙂 Validate my writings.  Or challenge them.  And ALWAYS feel free to consult with your physician. Always.  Yours ~ Lisa

Endometriosis, Pelvic Pain & Pelvic Floor Therapy Workshop

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Attention San Diego-based EndoSisters and sufferers of pelvic pain!  At the suggestion of one of our EndoSisters from our support group, we reached out to Comprehensive Therapy Services, Inc. for their help.  They’ve agreed to host a presentation on Endometriosis, pelvic pain, and pelvic floor therapy on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at 7:00pm.  It’s free!  Interested? What the heck am I talking about? Read on…

Do you have pain in your pelvic region?  Does sex hurt?  Does it hurt to walk or sit?

The pelvic floor is made up of multiple layers of muscles attaching from the pubic bone to the sides of the pelvis and all the way to the coccyx.  Pelvic floor muscles may become impaired or irritated and inflamed for a variety of reasons causing muscle spasm or weakness.  These changes may cause pain in the pelvic region. Pain is not normal.

Many women suffering with Endometriosis complain of pelvic pain, although the pain may have many different causes. Your doctor may recommend pelvic floor therapy. But what is it?  Kira Shurtz of Comprehensive Therapy Services, Inc. will explain to us what physical therapy treatment options you may expect. She will provide education on how physical therapists address myofascial restrictions, trigger point within the muscles, and the benefits of visceral manipulation.  She will also discuss dietary changes, stress management, stretching, home exercise, lifestyle changes. These changes and therapies will help to relieve your pelvic pain and Endometriosis symptoms.  There will be a Q&A session at the end of the presentation, as well as a tour of the clinic.

If you wish to join us, please RSVP by sending an email to Lisa Drayton at lisa@bloominuterus.com or RSVPing on our Facebook page here.  The event will take place on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at Comprehensive Therapy Services, Inc., located at 5677 Oberlin Drive, Suite 106; San Diego, CA  92121.

Parking and attendance are free. It is expected that it will run about an hour long.

Kira Shurtz joined CTS in 2013. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 2009 with a B.S. in Biology and then attended The University of Pittsburgh to obtain her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in 2013. Since joining CTS she has focused her practice on pelvic floor physical therapy, pre and post natal care, general orthopedics and dance rehabilitation. She has most recently continued her education with classes focusing on finding the pelvic pain driver, sexual medicine and dysfunction, and visceral manipulation. Her passion lays in helping her patients return to the activities they love most. She believes in giving her patients the tools they need to heal, grow, and increase their fitness levels. She is deeply enthusiastic about fitness and can be found teaching group fitness classes when she is not at CTS. Since moving to California she has also found a new love of hiking and rock climbing.

Truth, Theory, or Tall Tale?

Physical therapy may help improve Endometriosis pain, pelvic pain, and adhesion pain?

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There is a lot of claims, research, and studies out there that physical therapy can help improve pain and symptoms associated with Endometriosis and adhesions.  More on this topic will follow in a few weeks on this blog.  But there are many, many, MANY women and facilities stating that physical therapy has helped with their pain.  Whether it be pelvic floor therapy, the Wurn technique, or other PT, it may be an avenue of treatment you may wish to pursue.  Because it works for some women, but not all women, I’m classifying this as a theory.  And will most certainly be looking more into it in the very near future.

Have a great and pain-free day.

Yours, Lisa