We all know we owe our mothers a HUGE thank you for bringing us into this world. And sometimes finding that perfect gift to express our love is a tricky endeavor. From chocolates, necklaces, or that perfect bouquet of flowers, it can be overwhelming to find that perfect gift that adequately conveys your love for your mom without being too cheesy.
But if you really want to give your mom a thoughtful and life changing gift this year, you may want to consider gifting her a pelvic floor physical therapy session. In our healthcare system, issues related to the pelvic floor are not commonly discussed, but many women are suffering with pelvic floor related issues. Research performed by the National Institute of Health found that about 25% of women have pelvic floor dysfunction. And as we age this number increases to include about 50% of women by the time we are 80 years old. This is why your mom may appreciate a pelvic floor therapy session more than you can imagine!
You are probably wondering what on earth is pelvic floor therapy and why would my mom need that?! Let’s dive in to understand why pelvic floor therapy is so important for women of all ages and how this is the gift that keeps on giving.
What is Pelvic Floor Therapy
Before we delve into the topic of pelvic floor therapy, it’s important to understand exactly what makes up the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles, nerves, fascia and organs like your bladder and uterus that sit within your pelvis. A major cause of disruption to the pelvic floor is pregnancy and giving birth. 24% of women who have had two children and 32% of women who have had 3 children report having issues with their pelvic floor. This is in part because giving birth can result in weakness in the muscles, incontinence, prolapse of certain organs, pelvic pain or some combination of all of the above. Hormonal changes related to menopause, obesity, repetitive heavy lifting or straining, and radiation treatments to the pelvic floor can also result in pelvic floor related disorders.
Pelvic floor therapy is a healthcare service that was designed to help treat these issues and many more! A pelvic floor therapist will evaluate and assess your individual needs to help you with any issue you may have been dealing with as a result of giving birth to your children or that you have begun to experience as you age.
How Pelvic Floor Therapy can Help Your Mom
I’m sure at this point you’re wondering exactly how a pelvic floor therapist can help you or your mom with issues like incontinence or pelvic pain. Depending on your individual needs, your pelvic floor physical therapist can help you or your mom learn how to effectively release tension in the pelvic floor and engage and strengthen your pelvic floor muscles to help with bowel or bladder issues and prolapse. If you are having pelvic pain, your pelvic floor therapist may want to help to relax muscles that are tight and bound up in your pelvic floor to alleviate your pain.
And if you or your mom have diastasis recti (a.k.a. separated abdominals) or back pain as a result of giving birth, your pelvic floor therapist can help you reduce the pain and strengthen your core to make taking care of your little one that much easier.
The Gift that Keeps on Giving
Often after having a baby, women just assume that they will have to deal with incontinence or issues with their core for the rest of their lives. This could not be farther from the truth! A pelvic floor therapist can help women of all ages restore function to their pelvic floor and feel strong and healthy in their bodies so they can live life on their terms again.
This Mother’s Day it’s time to ditch the box of chocolates or the expensive roses and instead give your mom a gift that will help her keep up with all the busy demands of her life without her body slowing her down. You just may find that offering her a pelvic floor therapy session is the gift that she’ll never forget!
As a Myofascial Release Expert and Doctor of Physical Therapy, Dr. Jess specializes in creating a world where the female body is celebrated at every stage. From childbirth to your twilight years, you deserve to be heard, loved, and respected - even by yourself.
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