Please enjoy this guest blog from a Pelvic Floor Therapist in the Knoxville, TN, area.
This does not have to be your current or future experience.
Hello! My name is Autumn Synowiez and I am a pelvic floor therapist.
A pelvic floor therapist (PFT) can help treat many different types of problems that women have such as:
- urinary incontinence (it is not normal to wet ourselves)
- stress incontinence (when we cough, laugh, exercise) or urge incontinence (always feeling a strong urge to go).
- pelvic organ prolapse (yes we can reduce prolapse without surgery by two stages!).
- perineal/episiotomy scars, cesarean scars.
- diastasis recti
- pelvic pain, pressure, dyspaurenia (painful sex)
- preparing your pelvic floor for birth to reduce these symptoms after birth and help coordinate your pelvic floor for optimal pushing.
- postpartum check ups to make sure you truly are ready for exercise and have sex again (if not we will set you up with all the exercises needed to get you on the right path, surprisingly most women are not ready for either).
Countries like France and Sweden have women going after their 6 week postpartum check up with their OB as the norm to make sure women are healing properly after child birth. These countries have much better outcomes for women long term (fewer women suffering from incontinence, pelvic pain, organ prolapse, etc).
Do you have to have had a baby to need pelvic floor therapy? No! Most of us are unaware of our pelvic floor and how it works with our everyday movement. A lot of women who run, heavy weight train, cross fitters, etc., are not coordinating their pelvic floor properly when exercising and actually causing injury and weakness in that area.
Having chronic pelvis or back pain? No one can fix it? Could be in your pelvic floor! We have success stories of people seeing multiple doctorss and physical therapists with no relief and sometimes after just one visit with PFT they have relief.
C section only? Yep! Pregnancy alone can weaken your pelvic floor muscles and with your abdominal muscles being cut into, that can lead to an even more weaker pelvic floor and core. They go hand in hand.
PFT is amazing cutting edge stuff that most women know nothing about. Women in our country have been neglected in this area or are ashamed/embarrassed to talk or look down there! It’s time to change that! You are not alone I can promise you that! There’s a whole set of muscles that are very important that we need to be exercising regardless of our age or whether we have had kids or not. These muscles are our center and help hold our organs in! Can’t wait to discuss more about this soon and offer awesome workshops with Kimberly! Please feel free to ask any questions! I’m sure I left a lot of info out!
Autumn Synowiez OTR/L
Women’s Health Pelvic Floor Therapist
All Rights Reserved, Knoxville Doula, Kimberly Sebeck, 2016