In my experience, exercising when you have pelvic pain is controversial - for the people experiencing the pain that is. In one camp, there’s the people who have had to stop doing what they love because of the pain. On the other side, there’s the people who cannot start an exercise program because of their pelvic pain.
Pelvic floor. It’s totally a buzz word right now. And for good reason. Most people still do not understand the impact of the pelvic floor, that they are not alone in their problems, AND that they can get help. That’s what you’re ready to do. Help people suffering with pelvic floor dysfunction to reclaim their lives. There’s just one thing though… where to get started?!
I get it. You’re new (or at least new to this specialty). You want to help women and men reclaim their lives, educate and empower them. But you also think: “is this really for me?” “Will I be able to do it?” “Where do I even get started?”
I’ve been there. I had to wrestle with the same questions in grad school. And since that time, this is the most common question I get from new grads. So it’s about dang time I write a post about it!
Glad you asked! But first, you should reach about pelvic floor anatomy so that this post will make more sense. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Okay, you’re back! Or just a smarty pants ;-)
So, simply put:
First off, Happy Mother’s Day to all moms! Whether it’s your first born, step child, 30 year old, or fur baby, kudos to you for all your hard work, love and support! This weekend seems like a great time to bring up the benefits of pelvic floor physical therapy for soon to be moms! Last weekend I went to a "Care of the Pregnant Patient" course and I am even more in awe that the female body can LITERALLY grow another human. I mean seriously, if you have had a baby, you should high five yourself right now. Go ahead, I’ll wait.