TABOO: Pelvic Health

Is sex painful? Not by choice or lifestyle, but in actual function? Is it lackluster? Having trouble with libido, erections, or orgasm? Are you blushing yet? A healthy sex life is one of life’s greatest pleasures and should be enjoyed thoroughly. Ask anyone who doesn’t have a healthy sex life and they’ll agree. This article isn’t all about fun and games though.

Let’s talk about urination.

Do you pee when you cough, sneeze, jump, run, or start laughing too hard? Perhaps that brings thoughts of outright drenching your drawers. Let’s replace ‘pee’ with ‘leak’. Do you leak when doing any of the above? Do you urinate frequently or have the urge to urinate frequently? Or do you have issues controlling your urine stream? Racing to the bathroom in full panic stricken fear isn’t one of life’s greatest pleasures and can be downright embarrassing.

These seem to be ‘taboo’ subjects. We just don’t talk about these things in polite company. I’m not polite company. I’m the person you’ve entrusted with your health and wellness. These are things that I can help you with, but only if you tell me your secrets. You may be thinking, ‘Ha! I’ll tell you mine if you tell me yours’. Ok.

Psssst! I have a secret for you. A vast majority of the population has pelvic floor health issues.

Pelvic floor health is a huge issue and should be addressed in your healthcare. So, you may not have any urination/defecation problems. Fantastic. Sex is great and we’re not discussing it, thank you very much*. No problem! Perhaps one of these seem to resonate?

  • That constant low back pain that just never seems to go away. Could be a direct result of pelvic floor dysfunction.
  • Decreased IAP (Intra Abdominal Pressure) resulting in loss of stamina, strength, and performance in your fitness/sport activities. Could be a direct result of pelvic floor dysfunction.
  • Unexplained weakness or pain in the groin area. You guessed it, could be a direct result of pelvic floor dysfunction.
  • Did you carry and birth a child? I’d be willing to bet you have pelvic floor issues. The scarring as a result of tearing or an episiotomy may take a starring role in your pelvic health. C-Section as well. No escaping it, Motherhood does a number. Scars are for another article.

Pelvic Health Hero

Luckily, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to learn a couple of techniques that allow us to address your pelvic floor health with manual therapy. No, I’m not going to touch you down there. It’s out of my SOP to do so. I’ll be able to assess and correct the specific dysfunctions through the flats of your fingertips lightly touching the surrounding pelvic floor structures. Plus, to further squash any discomfort or embarrassment you may feel venturing into this therapy, you will be FULLY CLOTHED. All sessions are fully clothed for ease of movement. So, come in comfy gym/lounge clothing. No jeans or skirts, please.

You’re taking care of yourself and you should be commended. Take it a step further and seek the care of someone trained in how to assess and correct pelvic floor dysfunctions.