May: Women’s Health Month
By Sydney Savage, DPT
Did you know that May is Women’s Health Month? I know you are probably thinking, but isn’t that in October? October is Breast Cancer Awareness and Support Month, which is important. However, let us not forget that women’s health is about so much more than just our breasts, so obviously we need more than one month to celebrate and support our bodies. Did you know that women have pelvic floors? Do you know what a pelvic floor is?
The pelvic floor is made up of the pelvic bones as well as the bones of the low back including the lumbar spine, sacrum, and coccyx. It’s also made up of muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and connective tissue called fascia. Each of these components plays a vital role in the function of the pelvic floor. Because of this, the pelvic floor has many daily functions that we often don’t think about. The pelvic floor assists to create stability of the hips, pelvis and low back, it assists with sexual pleasure, and control of urination and bowel movements. However, with so many regular functions, dysfunction of the pelvic floor can also cause many issues. In this article, we are going to focus on pelvic floor issues as well as how physical therapy may be utilized as a treatment.
Experiencing urinary leakage when laughing or exercising is not normal. Experiencing urinary leakage after having 1 or 10 children is not normal. Experiencing urinary leakage while doing the dishes is not normal. Let me repeat that, urinary leakage is not normal and can disrupt one’s quality of life. Over 25 million adults in American suffer from some form of urinary leakage and 75-80% are women. There are a couple of major types of urinary leakage, also known as urinary incontinence. Stress incontinence is the first type and this happens when coughing, sneezing, laughing, jumping, etc. The second is called urge incontinence. Generally, one will experience this kind of urinary leakage when the signal to go to the bathroom becomes too much and it’s difficult to get to the toilet in time without having an accident. The last type of urinary incontinence is a mix between stress incontinence and urinary incontinence. The severity of urinary incontinence is dependent on a multitude of factors and affects everyone differently. Some common causes may include pregnancy and childbirth, menopause, hysterectomy or other abdominal surgeries, and obesity; although other factors may be involved as well.
The good news is that treatment, non-surgical and surgical options, are available. At Robinet Physical Therapy we provide a non-surgical option for treatment. A full physical therapy evaluation and assessment are completed; this includes both an internal and external evaluation. If you would like more information or you aren’t sure if pelvic floor physical therapy is what you need, please reach out to Robinet Physical Therapy as we offer a free 30 minute consultation with our pelvic health specialists to help determine what is best for you.
Robinet Physical Therapy:
Rockford (616) 866-2727, Greenville (616) 232-2400