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Prevent Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) with Better Birthing Techniques.

Pelvic_floor_side_view_larger_fontBy Marianne Ryan PT, OCS
Clinical Director MRPT Physical Therapy

A very common side effect of childbirth is Pelvic Organ Prolapse, POP, some studies show up to 25% of women will develop it at sometime in their life.

What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

POP occurs when organs such as the uterus or bowels slip down from their normal positions inside of the pelvis.

There are different degrees of how much the organs slip, in severe instances organs can protrude outside of the vagina, especially when performing activities that require abdominal bracing such as heavy lifting, sit-up exercises and even passing a bowel movement.
POP can lead to several complications such as incontinence, pelvic and back pain and sexual dysfunctions.

Prevent Pelvic Organ Prolapse With Better Birthing Techniques:

Did you know that certain childbirth techniques could reduce the risk of developing pelvic organ prolapse (POP)?
The more strain placed on the pelvic floor during childbirth, the more a woman is at risk of developing POP. Choosing better positions, breathing techniques, and timing can benefit both mom and baby.

To read more about this in an article I wrote for the Association for Pelvic Organ Prolapse, “Reduce the Risk of Developing Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Birth Techniques For Less Strain on Pelvic Floor Muscles”, click here.

Did You Know Physical Therapy Treatment Can Reverse or Reduce the Severity of POP?

In an earlier post I discussed a study that shows that  1/3 of the surgeries performed to reverse Pelvic Organ Prolapse fails within 7 years. That is a really bad statistic! click here
What most people do not realize is that physical therapy treatment has been proven to reverse or lower the severity of the amount of slippage, and therefore may be used in the treatment of incontinence, pelvic and back pain and sexual dysfunctions.

Common Pregnancy Pains. Did you know..?

shutterstock_82822033 Pregnant backMoms you are not alone!
Did you know “Fifty percent to 70% of pregnant women experience low back pain during pregnancy. In addition, 30% to 50% of pregnant women report low back pain severe enough to cause lost time from work. It’s more manageable, however, than most women (and their doctors) think”.

Did you know that physical therapy treatment is the best way to get rid of and to prevent back pain while pregnant?

Move Forward PT posted some great tips on how to avoid and treat pregnancy aches and pains:  Click Here

http://www.moveforwardpt.com/Resources/Detail.aspx?cid=8d523b23-9f02-4ac7-a107-c464ae6840b2

Wanna’ Get That Pre-Baby Body Back? Here are 5 Tips:

Woman Lifting DumbbellThis is a summary of a good article that I helped write for Move Forward PT. (see link below)

“While moderate weight gain is a common concern for women during and after pregnancy, there are many other factors to consider in the 4 to 6 weeks after childbirth. You may want to get back into pre-pregnancy shape immediately, but it is important to make a slow return to full activity.”

Here are some “tips on what you can do in the first 6 weeks after delivery to begin getting your body back into pre-pregnancy shape.”

  1. Get help with tasks. During the first 6 post-partum weeks DO NOT LIFT ANYTHING HEAVIER THEN YOUR BABY.
  2. Breathe. Your diaphragm works as a breathing muscle and is a major core muscle. Breathing exercises will help you to restore stability in your trunk and to regain tone in your core muscles, so you can achieve that flat tummy look.
  3. Focus on your core. After birth woman’s abdominal muscles are stretched out and can sometimes develop a separation, called diastasis recti.  During the first 6 weeks you can do some gentle Kegel and breathing exercises to get a jump start on your recovery. Avoid activities that put pressure on your abdomen such as getting out of bed by doing a sit up. A physical therapist can prescribe exercises to help “close the gap” between muscles.
  4. Strengthen abdominal and pelvic floor muscles.  Women can do gentle Kegel (pelvic floor) exercises immediately after childbirth, whether the birth was vaginal or by caesarian section. Strengthening the pelvic floor also can improve sexual satisfaction and help prevent incontinence.
  5. Every minute counts. Try to incorporate fitness into your everyday routines—such as taking a family walk around the neighborhood or doing your kegel and breathing exercises while you are nursing or feeding your baby. New moms should sleep whenever they have the opportunity.

Click here for the full article

http://www.moveforwardpt.com/Resources/Detail.aspx?cid=4064e184-e3bf-473e-a002-e814a8aa4050

Posture Posture Posture…..Is This You?

For years I have tried to educate my patients, friends and family on the importance of good posture.

In our current world, where we seem to spend over 50% of our waking hours either using a computer, texting on our iPhones, or reading our Kindles, most of us complain about headaches, back pain, neck pain and other forms of i Pain”.

Did you know that the typical american teenager sends or reads an average of 3,417 texts a month? (according to a new survey from the analytics firm Nielsen)

Here are 3 fabulous videos on posture. See how you can make some minor changes in your every day activities to reduce the risk of developing back and neck pain, arm and wrist strain, and repetitive stress injuries.
Enjoy and feel free to share with your friends!

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On Your Cell Phone

At Home

Hey, do you need a little help with your Kegel’s? There’s an App for that.

Women on Cell phone MP910220688Are you finding it hard to remember to do your Kegel exercises?

By Marianne Ryan PT, OCS

Have you been told to do your kegel exercises every day, three times a day, forever? And were you given great advise on how to sneak in your “daily Kegel requirements” during normal every day activities?  I bet you are doing them right now as you are reading this article.

No?

If you are one of the many who forget to do a squeeze while stopped at a traffic light, at each bus stop, while waiting on line at the grocery store or when you are putting away the dishes there is some good news for you. I recently found several Kegel coaching apps to remind you on the iPhone. Some of these apps include specific exercise programs too and range in price from 99 cents to about $5. They all looked interesting, but instead of adding yet another app to my phone I decided to save some money by setting 3 separate daily alarms to give me a “nudge” when it is time to do my Kegel exercises. I guess the trick will be not to turn off the alarm until I actually do my exercises.

Leave a comment and tell me how you remember to do your Kegel’s.

Very thorough and well written article discussing a woman’s physical therapy experience with lower back pain. She also goes on to mention that her sister is months away from receiving her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and how she learned that physical therapy is a great alternative for the treatment of lower back pain instead of taking medication. The author went into further detail and discussed the growing field of women’s health physical therapy which is devoted to treating such unique issues as incontinence, pelvic/vaginal pain, endometriosis, prenatal and postpartum musculosketelal pain, osteoporosis, rehabilitation following breast surgery, and conditions specific to female athletes.

The Midwife as Status Symbol

“Are midwives becoming trendy, like juice cleanses and Tom’s shoes? It seems that way, at least among certain well-dressed pockets of New York society, where midwifery is no longer seen as a weird, fringe practice favored by crunchy types, but as an enlightened, more natural choice for the famous and fashionable.”

To read more of this article: CLICK HERE