Nothing super profound or long for today’s post. My brain is spinning a million different ways from this weekend. For those who don’t know, I’m taking my Level 1 pelvic health courses this weekend. 3 days of learning about the pelvic floor, examination and treatment techniques, and, well, vaginas. A lot of vaginas.
I was very nervous to take this course. If you would have asked me in PT school about doing pelvic floor PT, I would’ve responded with a “HECK NO!” Yet here I am now. Funny how that works. And I surprised myself with how comfortable I felt considering the nature of what I’m learning and doing.
That being said, why would you need a pelvic floor physical therapist?
1. You gave birth.
2. You have incontinence or “leaking”. Leaking with laughter, coughing, jumping, running, etc. is not normal, I don’t care what you’ve been told.
3. You feel “heaviness” in your pelvis.
4. You had a pelvic surgery.
5. You have pelvic pain.
6. You have pain with intercourse.
7. You have constipation, difficulty with urinating, or pain with bowel and bladder movements.
Those are just a few things pelvic floor physical therapists can help with. If your quality of life is affected, please advocate for yourself. If you experience any of the above, as your physician for a referral for pelvic floor physical therapy. You can find a pelvic floor physical therapist here. Or if you’re located in Southeast MI or Northwest OH, come see me!