Loop PT. Women's Health

Physical Therapy N E W S L E T T E R

WOMEN’S HEALTH I N C O N T I N E N C E , C H R O N I C P E L V I C P A I N , & P H Y S I C A L T H E R A P Y

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Physical Therapy N E W S L E T T E R

WOM E N ’ S H E A L T H A physical therapist is highly skilled in evaluating and treating various musculoskeletal and neurological conditions affecting the body. This profession focuses on assessing any underlying factors, such as strength, neuromuscular control, balance, coordination, skeletal alignment, and endurance, which may be contributing to impaired functional mobility, activity participation, and quality of life. I N C O N T I N E N C E , C H R O N I C P E L V I C P A I N , & P H Y S I C A L T H E R A P Y

of nerves, muscles, and other connective tissues (including your bladder), and impaired pelvic bone alignment. These symptoms can be frustrating,painful,andembarrassing,andmay limityour tolerance to daily participation in desired activities, including exercise. Other symptoms frequently appear with pelvic pain, including incontinence, bloating, abdominal pressure, reluctance to strain while defecating, and pain in the low back, buttocks, and hips. You may also have decreased tolerance to a variety of activities including sitting or standing, walking, exercise, and sexual intercourse. How A Physical Therapist Can Treat Pelvic Pain Every patient presenting with chronic pelvic pain is unique. If you come to see a physical therapist for your pelvic dysfunction, you’ll be taken through a thorough physical examination and patient history questionnaire. He or she will ask you specific questions about your pain, what makes it worse and better, and whether you have a history of any related issues. Based on the results of the examination, your physical therapist can then develop a customized treatment plan to relieve your symptoms and address the suspected underlying causes to prevent recurring dysfunction.

Of course, most people only seek physical therapy when they’re suffering from a common injury or condition such as whiplash, tendonitis, low back pain, ligament sprains, and plantar fasciitis. Perhaps lesser known is that chronic pelvic pain and dysfunction, including incontinence,canalsorespondpositively tophysical therapy intervention. Causes Of Incontinence And Chronic Pelvic Pain If you have pain in your pelvis, it may not always be fully clear what’s causing it. Some common causes of pelvic floor dysfunction and chronic pelvic pain include, but are not limited to: Any of these conditions may lead to inadequate support of the organs contained with your pelvic cavity, increased pressure or inflammation

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UNDERSTANDING INCONTINENCE

Urinary incontinence has a reputation of being something only little old ladies have. But many young people get urinary incontinence. And while more women than men are affected, men can have urinary problems too, especially after prostate surgery. Fortunately, there are many treatments for urinary incontinence. Behavioral treatment. Some people with urinary incontinence may get relief by making simple lifestyle changes. If you have stress incontinence, for instance, in which you leak urine when you cough, sneeze, or laugh, your physical therapist may tell you to limit how much you drink. If you have urge incontinence, in which you get the sudden urge to urinate and can’t always make it to the bathroom in time, your physical therapist may tell you to avoid spicy foods, caffeine, and carbonated drinks, because they can irritate the bladder and make the problemworse. Exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, known as Kegels, can sometimes help people with stress incontinence. Kegels can also help people with urge incontinence. Sometimes, Kegels are combined with biofeedback techniques to

help you know if you are doing the exercises properly. For urge incontinence, bladder training, sometimes called bladder retraining, can also help. This involves gradually increasing the interval time between trips to the bathroom, working up to longer and longer intervals between bathroom stops. Devices and absorbent products. Protective pads and panty liners can help avoid embarrassing situations. A pessary, a plastic device inserted into thevagina,mayhelppreventurine leakagebysupporting the neck of the bladder; it is most useful for stress incontinence. Mild to moderate cases of common types of incontinence can be cured or greatly improved by behavioral or exercise therapy. We can also teach you habits and techniques to reduce urgency and urge incontinence (or leaking with a strong urge on the way to the bathroom). Even periodic incontinence is not something you have to deal with. We can help!

EXERCISE ESSENTIALS RELIEVE PELVIC PAIN IN MINUTES WITH THESE EXERCISES

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Sit in a chair with tall, relaxed posture. Slowly and gradually contract your pelvic floor until you reach maximum strength. Then slowly return to your relaxed position.

Position yourself on your hands and knees with your core tight. Gently contract your pelvic floor to 25% and hold for 3 seconds. Then gradually contract your pelvic floor to 50%, 75%, and 100%, holding for 3 seconds each time. Repeat in descending order.

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PROMOTE MENTAL HEALTH WITH VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTS!

Vitamin D3 is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in foods, also produced endogenously in body. It helps to modulate calcium and phosphorus balance and maintain bone health. Insufficiency is common and may lead to increased bone resorption, bone loss, and increased falls and fractures. Vitamin D plays an important role in nervous health and depression. It helps to modulation of neuromuscular and immune function and reduction of inflammation. Vitamin D supplementation may reduce sign of anxiety, and help to reduce pain related stress. Get your recommended doses of Vitamin D3 and other supplements by visiting zadevital.com.

WHAT PATIENTS ARE SAYING!

HEALTHY RECIPE ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS

“Hatice and their assistants were wonderful, compassionate, and on-point as to what kind of modalities and specific exercises I needed to help me recover from an arm fracture.” - Amy B. “I had a quick consultation, and I am certain that this will be the place for me once I start my physical therapy. Hatice definitely knows what she’s talking about and what she’s doing.” - Alyssa P. “I feel good after having worked with my physical therapist. I had a major accident with my legs, but now I am starting to walk again. Thank you!” - B.N.

Ingredients • 1 1/4 pounds

• 1 cup of

Brussels sprouts, trimmed & halved • 2 tbsp canola oil • Salt & pepper • 3 tbsp pomegranate molasses

Pomegranate seeds • 1/2 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts • grated lime zest • 1 tbsp grated orange zest

Directions Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Put the Brussels sprouts in a medium roastingpan; tosswith thecanolaoilandseasonwithsaltandpepper.Roast in the oven until light golden brown and a knife inserted into the centers goes in without any resistance, about 45 minutes. Transfer the sprouts to a large bowl and add the pomegranate molasses, pomegranate seeds, hazelnuts, and lime and orange zests. Season with salt as needed.

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