Today’s post is one of my very favorite basic sequences for facilitating pelvic floor awareness and pelvic mobility. These motions may seem simple, but are often not easy! The cues for connection to the breath with fine tuned pelvic movement combined with pelvic floor dropping (relaxation) and activation often challenge patients. This is as much as a coordination exercise as it is therapeutic mobility and gentle core activation. You can use these exercises for strengthening the transverse abdominus and pelvic floor with extra attention on the exhales or you can use these movements to facilitate more sensory awareness by just noticing and breathing and feeling what the movement feels like in your body. Enjoy whichever way you choose to approach this exercise and as always… if you’re not sure this is for you check in with your doc or pelvic floor PT.Read More
Self-care can look a lot of ways and given that it’s a HUGE component of what I preach to my patients, I’m always looking for new ways to practice it. November was a month of embracing the cold in an effort to heal my heart, improve my health, and go deeper into connection with my intuition... you know... so I can consistently become a better human and physical therapist. A few Saturdays ago I dove (well gracefully stepped into) the cold when a patient asked me to join him for a workshop hosted by Wim Hof, aka the Iceman. The Wim Hof Method uses a combination of breath-work, cold-exposure, and mindset training in an effort to maximize health, happiness, and connection with Presence and Love. My patient asked me to join him because he has had years of chronic pain management in traditional settings and is now starting to embrace that there’s a lot more to feeling well than what we might have been told by western medicine.Read More
Welcome to my first video blog! This post was inspired by my previous blog posted in February 2017 about the sexual abuse cases involving Dr. Larry Nassar and and what is now known to be over a 150 young female athletes. In light of the recent sentencing of Nassar I have been contacted by multiple organizations and individuals asking me for clarification about what pelvic floor PT actually is. After responding to several of these inquiries it dawned on me that this information will be useful for me to share in a broader format for a wider audience... so here’s my response discussing the standards of care in PT and what a pelvic floor PT visit should look at and entail.
CONFUSED OR SCARED ABOUT PELVIC PT, BUT THINK YOU MAY BENEFIT?
This is great info for any potential pelvic floor PT patient who might feel nervous or hesitant about scheduling an appointment or exploring this as a viable treatment option. Listen as I demystify what can feel like a very intimidating experience.
I should note that one thing I didn't discuss in this video was pelvic floor PT for minors which was a big concern in the Nassar case. A guardian should always be present for any pelvic floor PT session and go through the same education and information gathering that I describes in the video during a PT session. Internal treatment of a minor is generally not standard care especially if the minor has not been sexual active or has not had a gynecological exam, but in rare cases where it is indicated it should always be performed with a guardian in the room.
Thanks for watching and cheers to healthy pelvic floors and getting the care you deserve!