Jennifer sits in class, not being able to concentrate on anything except the constant burning she feels in her bladder. Susan has to miss out on family outings, because she is embarrassed that she has to go to the bathroom every fifteen minutes. Tom has severe urinary urgency and lower abdominal pain that has taken all the joy out of his everyday life. Sara’s marriage is on the rocks because the excruciating pain she feels with intercourse is destroying her intimacy with her husband, who feels rejected.
“Every time I cough, I leak. I can’t jump on a trampoline without getting my pants all wet. When I hear running water, my own water works start. Here I am in my doctor’s office, waiting for her to prescribe that medication I see on TV, the one that will make all my troubles go away. Instead, she gave me an order to go to physical therapy. Wait, did she hear me correctly? Surely she meant a urologist? Can’t she just give me that magic pill instead?” – These are all common questions for patients who are prescribed physical therapy for urinary incontinence.
(Are we ever, ever, ever… getting back together?)
Diastasis recti…sounds like an odd sea creature, doesn’t it? If you are a pregnant mom, or have recently delivered, you may be familiar with the term.
Are you a female runner who has been preparing for a marathon? As you increase your mileage, you have likely experienced an increase in sweating. This is normal. However, if you have also experienced urinary leakage, this is NOT normal!
It seems like everywhere you turn there is a commercial, an advertisement or an article addressing women’s health issues – and for good reason. Many females experience dysfunction with the Pelvic Core Neuromuscular System (PCNS). The PCNS includes the respiratory diaphragm at the top, the abdominals at the front, the back/hip muscles at the back and the pelvic floor muscles at the bottom.4
Thick hair and nails, radiant skin, and…hand numbness? The later weeks of pregnancy bring some welcomed physical changes that others may notice and comment how a woman has “a pregnancy glow.” But in a portion of women, the third trimester may also bring the uncomfortable symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.