I love talking about the pelvic floor. Why? Because not many people are and it’s a big reason we may miss out on providing great care to our patients. Here’s an article I wrote for IAOM-US, a collaborating partner, on why all clinicians should learn about the pelvic floor. Included are important statistics and barriers that we are facing in managing people with pelvic floor dysfunction. My audience here is for health care professionals, especially physical therapists and occupational therapists. But there is important information to build awareness for all patients and clinicians. Enjoy!
Every single one of us has a six-pack muscle. Whether it is clearly defined or not is a different issue. It is called the Rectus Abdominis (RA). Underneath the RA are your obliques and then your deepest abdominal muscle called the Transversus Abdominis (TA). Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA) is the separation of the RA muscle. It happens routinely during and after pregnancy, but can also happen in males and females of all ages with obesity.
Let’s take it back to the 20th century when Abraham Maslow created the Hierarchy of Needs. In it, physiological needs were the basic foundation of human life. These needs were to be met in order to attain the highest self-actualization. We require food, water, and oxygen to survive. And as you can see, Pooping, Peeing, and Procreation are also in this basic foundation!
Fully admitting this to the world today... I used to pee my pants as a kid when I laughed too hard. My friends and family made it a joke (they still do… ugh!).
And then, in college, I would have the strongest urge to pee, and sometimes leaked, every time I entered the elevator of my NYU Union Square dorm. My roommates knew when I stepped through the door that they better get out of my way or I’d pee my pants!
Let’s face it people. A bowel movement (BM) has the ability to make or break your day. Am I right, or am I right? Everyone has experienced a bad time on the toilet. You might have had to strain for 30 minutes after a night of fast food and booze. Or you might have had diarrhea after a food bug from travel.
However, this rare “off” day on the toilet happens to some, while others have a consistent issue with their bowels, an issue that ends up having a sizable impact on their everyday lives.
Welcome! I am so excited to introduce our first ever blog post!
The purpose of these posts is to help you understand why you may be experiencing different aches and dysfunctions in your body and to offer some tangible solutions. My goal here is to help you move better so you can feel better. A combination of good physical mobility and stability can improve the quality of your life tremendously!