Pelvic floor therapy, before and after childbirth, is often overlooked; yet, solutions for women are simple, effective and noninvasive.
Fun Fact: Women in France automatically receive a prescription for pelvic floor therapy after giving birth. Typically, therapy starts six weeks post-partum and lasts for 10 sessions. Should the mother require further treatment, the physician will write a script for additional therapy visits.
Not So Fun Fact: Many women in the United States don’t even know there is such a thing as pelvic floor therapy…until they have been peeing themselves or maybe an organ or two is falling out of their vagina. Incredibly, many primary care providers and OB/GYNs don’t even know there is a solution for women, other than surgery or medication.
What are we, as women, to do in the United States?
Spread the Word!
Our mission this year is to provide as much education as possible directly to women, so they are armed with the knowledge to either 1.) contact a pelvic floor therapist themselves, or 2.) ask their physician for a referral to a therapist who specializes in pelvic floor treatment. What can you do, as an individual? Talk to your friends! Pelvic pain and stress urinary incontinence are incredibly common. When we don’t talk about these issues, we are doing a disservice to our friends, our community and ourselves. Chances are, your friend is having the same or similar symptoms and you can help each other. Tell them there is a solution! Although common, urinary leakage and prolapse are not how our bodies were designed to operate.
Advocate for Yourself
Tell your doctor you would like to see a pelvic floor therapist, especially if you are experiencing even a bit of pelvic pain or a little dribble of urine. ‘Cause guess what? It will get worse. Also, please know that Arizona is a free access state, which means most people will not require a doctor’s prescription to seek pelvic floor therapy (unless your particular insurance requires it).
Did you know you can also receive pelvic floor therapy while you are pregnant? It can help you strengthen your pelvic floor and core; but more importantly, it can help relax and lengthen the muscles and tissue you will need to be pliable during labor and delivery. Win-win!
If you have questions about symptoms you may be experiencing, we do offer complimentary consultations. Please don’t hesitate to reach out! You can call 623-777-3113, email email@example.com or fill out the form below.