Thunder down under

A lot of women are embarrassed by feelings of pelvic pressure associated with pelvic organ prolapse. To understand exactly what is happening when you have prolapse, PT Julie Wiebe, makes reference to an inflated balloon in the abdomen. In order for the air to be properly balanced all sides of the balloon have to be intact and the pressure has to be equal. The pelvic floor acts as the bottom of the balloon. When the floor is weak (stressed part of the balloon) it is hyper response to increased downward pressure. Since we want to be practical here –let’s think of things that cause increased downward pressure on the pelvic floor. Constipation is a huge factor. Hard, dehydrated stool is really hard to pass and requires downward pressure. Drinking water and in taking extra fruits and vegetables can really help keep the stool soft. Also, picking up a heavy set of water bottles at the grocery store really adds extra pressure to your weakened pelvic floor. A pelvic floor PT can really help with prolapse management and education. The initial goal is to not make it any worse! Prolapse does not just happen to post-partum moms, women of all ages are in need of a strong, balanced pelvic floor!

You Might Also Enjoy...

The Link Between Dehydration and Headaches

Did you know that just getting dehydrated can be enough to cause headache problems? Read to learn more about the essential role of hydration for your body, and how you can handle dehydration headaches.

Treatment Options for Morton's Neuroma

Foot pain due to problems like Morton’s neuroma makes it difficult for you to get around, much less continue to stay active in a sport! Read to learn more about how you can treat Morton’s neuroma and resolve your pain symptoms.

Calm Your Nerves with HFX

Nerve problems can result in chronic back pain, keeping you uncomfortable for no good reason. Did you know you can change that? Read to learn more about HFX™ spinal cord stimulation as a treatment option for chronic pain.

What That Chronic Buttocks Pain May Mean

Do your low back, buttocks, or upper thighs ache and hurt chronically? You could have an underlying problem that needs to be diagnosed and treated. Read to learn more about the potential causes of buttocks pain.