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This show will provide you with website resources for bladder, bowel, and pelvic pain conditions. Patients frequently ask for reputable resources so I thought it would be helpful to create a show with a comprehensive list. This is not all-inclusive but would be a good starting point if you are looking for resources and/or support.
Today’s episode will hopefully help to answer some of the common questions that patients have regarding pelvic floor physical therapy. Many do not know that this specialty area of physical therapy even exists, much less what all it entails. I will be discussing the basics of what to expect from a typical pelvic floor evaluation and treatment, how to go about locating a pelvic floor physical therapist and questions to ask them to ensure they are a good fit for your condition, as well as some common questions that many patients have on their first visit.
Pelvic floor health is certainly not something women talk about during happy hour or over lunch. Occasional giggly references to ‘don’t make me laugh (I’ll pee!)’ or kegel exercises is about all that takes place when talking about this important aspect of a woman’s health.
However, the fact that this conversation can be awkward shouldn’t diminish its importance. Do you realize that in addition to controlling our urine, helping us to have babies, our pelvic floor also holds up our guts? There is much to learn about having a healthy pelvic floor – what it is and how to care for it. Join us to hear more.
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Do you suffer from pain during intercourse? Many women report some sort of pain or discomfort with intercourse, whether it is with initial penetration, during, or after. This can be a very emotional thing for women to deal with and many suffer in silence. Fortunately, with the appropriate support team, there are treatments that can alleviate or completely eliminate the pain. Today's show will discuss the anatomy of the pelvic floor muscles, common diagnoses associated with painful intercourse in women, possible causes of the pain, tips to decrease the pain, and treatment options. Please join me today as we discuss this sensitive issue that affects so many women. I welcome any questions or comments that you may have related to sexual pain. I am a Physical Therapist that treats the pelvic floor, and I work with patients who suffer from sexual dysfunctions on a daily basis. I hope you enjoy the show and find the information useful.
Carol Pirika shares her story of personal recovery from huge physical and mental challenges through physical therapy and attention to the mind –body-spirit connection. Carol suffered major surgery at the age of 24 and as a young woman had to face the possibility of being unable to have children. She overcame that with inspiration and learning from teachers in the physical therapy and fitness world, who helped with whiplash rehabilitation from a car accident and consequent adrenal fatigue. She faced a further challenge to recover use and strength of her pelvic floor after an episiotomy with her first child and became passionate and determined to assist women to help and heal their own bodies.
Her personal journey took her into a career as a top level personal trainer, motivated to gather specialist tools and knowledge to help women recover from post-natal and post hysterectomy challenges. Carol now has two beautiful children, a great level of fitness and a very positive attitude to overcoming physical challenges!
Carol, (who runs Bump Post Natal and Pregnancy classes) shares her training philosophies, practical ideas and inspiration to raise your spirits - from the bottom up! If you’ve ever experienced post-natal sadness or loss of physicality from ‘women’s problems’ you will be inspired with practical information from a personal journey shared.
MoonMaid Botanicals and Cynthia, the #menopause herbalist, presents Women of a Certain Age and...... This is our opportunity to offer you information on a variety of topics that relate to the aging process. This evening's topic is The Importance of Pelvic Health for a Healthy Sex Life with special guest, Dr. Sandy Bevacqua.
Dr. Sandra Bevacqua, a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, has worked as a research scientist at both the university and government levels. She has lectured as a scientist throughout the Americas, Canada, Europe, and Japan for medical professionals and has led hundreds of lectures and teleconferences for the public since 1986. Her work includes the completion of numerous publications for the University of Arizona Cancer Center, Temple University Center for Thrombotic Disorders and Los Alamos National Laboratory. She started her practice in 1998, where she educates her clients and their healthcare providers to understand how one’s diet, nutrition and lifestyle may be used effectively to balance blood chemistry thereby addressing many health concerns. She works closely with each client to create an individualized program which meets their specific needs and uses a natural approach to gently bring the body back into balance.
Most recently, Dr. Bevacqua has focused on developing educational programs in the field of Holistic Women’s Health. Frustrated by the lack of options available to women faced with pelvic health concerns she developed The Pelvic Health Transformation Program, Pregnancy and The Pelvic Floor, and The Mystery is Over! Understanding Female Sexual Health in which women of all ages receive the complete education and the techniques needed to naturally recover from pelvic floor discomfort, pain and loss of function due to organ prolapse, incontinence, pelvic pain syndrome, as well as sexual misunderstanding or dysfunction. Learn more about her work at: www.wish4life.com
Whether it is post child birth or the impact of hormonal changes as women reach the age of menopause and beyond - our pelvic floor muscles are crucial to our internal health, our personal confidence in being able to laugh, sneeze or cough without a second thought or being able to maintain a mutually satisfying sexual relationship with our partner. The only time women get any education about how to exercise and strengthen their pelvic floor muscles is fleetingly after childbirth, or when we have already developed a problem such as a prolapse or stress incontinence. Listen in to find out how you can transform your pelvic floor.
The focus of Drastic to Fantastic is to enable women to take charge of their life in the most holistic way. We can wait until we have a problem and seek to shift from Drastic to Fantastic or we can develop new patterns of living in which we begin to take care right now - and without doubt when women choose to to live consciously and choose what they do and think - they will transform their lives and improve their health, happiness and effectiveness in every way. Drastic to Fantastic helps women who are already struggling to transform or women who want to improve from where they are now.
In Monday 22nd July's show Clara interviews Liva Nemeth of pelfixtechnique.co.uk about the importance of pelvic fitness and what women can do about it.
Livia Nemeth will also be one of the keynote speakers at the 'Drastic to Fantastic women's road show' at the Croydon Conference Centre on the 23&24th November 2013.
This episode will discuss Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP). Pelvic organ prolapse is descent of the anterior or posterior vaginal wall or descent of the apex of the vagina. It occurs due to weakening of the ligaments and muscles in the pelvic floor. Today, I will be addressing causes, symptoms, and physical therapy treatment for POP.
Amy Stein, DPT, BCB-PMD, will be speaking about her experience in promoting pelvic pain awareness, and what changes she has seen in the media including her episode on Dr. Oz, ABC's 20/20, Prevention magazine, and Elle magazine. During the past 15 years as an expert pelvic floor physical therapist, she has seen the changes in pelvic pain and the media. She will also discuss her new video, which is over 2 hours long: Healing Pelvic and Abdominal Pain: The ultimate home program and a guide for practitioners. She will discuss how each media piece and the video came about, and what the reactions were with each event.
Check out the video and the articles on: www.healingpelvicandabdominalpain.com and www.beyondbasicsphysicaltherapy.com
Jessica Drummond, MPT, CCN, CHC, the Founder and CEO of The Integrative Pelvic Health Institute. She is passionate about caring for and empowering women who struggle with women’s health and pelvic health conditions such as endometriosis, PCOS, bladder pain, low libido, hormonal imbalances, weight gain, period pain, painful sex, and post-surgical, orthopedic, or pregnancy related pelvic conditions. Having over a decade of experience as a women’s and pelvic physical therapist plus owning a private women’s health clinical nutrition and coaching practice gives her a unique perspective on the integrative, conservative options for pelvic pain management. Jessica was educated at the University of Virginia, Emory University, The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Duke Integrative Medicine, and is a doctoral candidate in clinical nutrition at Maryland University of Integrative Health. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IntegrativePelvicHealth
Joe Tatta is a physical therapist and nutrition expert. He is co-founder of Premier Physical Therapy & Wellness, one of the largest outpatient physical therapy providers in the New York Tri-State area, with multiple locations throughout Manhattan, Westchester and Connecticut. A licensed Physical Therapist and board certified in orthopedics from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and a certified hand therapists from the American Society of Hand Therapists. His also certified in Nutrition for Fitness from the International Sports Sciences Association and trained extensively at the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board. His greatest success stems from the growth of his physical therapy practice and, the thousands of clients it heals annually. Visit my site: www.joetatta.com
NEW DATES (the date was changed due to weather in NYC, updated 3/5/14): The Rescheduled Conference will be held on May 31 to June 1, 2014 in NYC.
We are pleased to talk with Amy Stein, PT and Dr. Robert Echenberg of the ALLIANCE FOR PELVIC PAIN. They are here to discuss the 2nd Annual Patient Conference, designed to help women and men figure out how to truly heal and help living with chronic pelvic pain.
Please join our conversation by listening live at 3:00 pm Pacific time or 6:00 pm Eastern time
The Alliance for Pelvic Pain is offering a special discount to Pelvic Messenger listeners: $50 of the registration fee or $100 off for patients that will be flying to NYC to attend the conference (maximum discount is $100). To redeem discount, when registering, under comments, write in, “Pelvic Messenger Listener”. Those using this discount must pay by check, money order or wire transfer (Discount not valid with paypal payments).
Dr. Frank Tu's current research focus is in the field of female pelvic pain disorders, where he is funded by an NIH/NICHD K23 grant to study pelvic floor musculoskeletal dysfunction in visceral pain disorders such as endometriosis and painful bladder syndrome/interstitial cystitis. He is also a co-investigator on an NIH/NIDDK multisite grant, Multidisciplinary Approach to Pelvic Pain.
Dr. Tu and Dr. Hellman will join the Pelvic Messenger to share how their research is progressing.
Dr. Tu's Clinical Trial for Chronic Pain Risk Associated With Menstrual Period Pain:
Article on the Mechanisms of Brainstem Modulation:
Article of Risk Factors for Pelvic Pain:
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