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?!
This is a game changer for your practice. I promise. Once I started doing this, my communication with patients became clearer, they bought in, and their outcomes improved. One of my first clinical instructors gave me part of the advice I’ll give you… the second half I took away from a level 1 pelvic floor course.
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:
This post builds off of “How to Shop Around for a Healthcare Provider." So you’ve found a great doctor! But what happens when you have an issue and need to see this awesome doctor? Will you just take his or her recommendations as the absolute truth? Picking a great team of healthcare providers is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to being your own best advocate and getting the highest quality care.
Self-care. It’s kind of a buzzword now, isn’t it? In our “busy is better” world, we wear stress like a badge of honor. Being stressed means we’re accomplishing something right? I’m not sure when our culture decided that “being busy” was more important than living life. A little bit of stress can be a good thing - put the pressure on and watch me spring into action! I’m always more motivated when a deadline is fast approaching.
With the holiday season in full swing, people are not only spending more money than usual but also traveling more! Whether you’re driving, flying, or taking the train to catch up with loved ones, traveling is something most of us dread. We just want to get to the destination we are going to with as little disturbance as possible. While I can’t promise that the child two rows in front of you sleeps through the flight, I can help make this travel season easier on your bladder, bowels, and body!
Dear women - we need a moment of real talk. I’ve recently started shopping around for cars. My own 14-year-old vehicle, fondly known as Babcia (Polish for Grandma), may be on her last wheels. Rather than wait for the inevitable and fly into a panic when she dies, I decided to be proactive and begin to research and test drive cars. I’ve read tons of reviews, read Consumer Reports Car Buying Guide (Used and New Car edition of Summer 2017), sat in over 10 vehicles, and driven about 7 of those 10. All this and I finally feel like I’ve identified a make and model I like.
I gotta be honest here for a minute… This post isn’t just written for you readers. That’s right, I got selfish. As a women’s health therapist I work with pregnant clients all the time and the first time I heard of doulas I had absolutely no idea what that meant. So when I had the opportunity to meet a doula and learn about them, I jumped at the chance! Emily Potter Wannenburg and I were introduced through a mutual friend who knew we would nerd out and bond over our love of helping women. For this interview, Emily and I grabbed lunch to discuss all things Doula.