The pelvic floor is the layer of muscle at the base of the pelvis. One in every four women has pelvic floor issues. A common cause of pelvic issues is carrying a heavy load during pregnancy, hours of laboring and pushing. Aging alone can contribute to pelvic floor problems. Most women I see with pelvic floor issues are over age 40 but more and more, younger women are talking about it. It’s not unusual for women to have the problem for a long time.
Incontinence is one of the most common complaints and can be related to giving birth. Even women who have never been pregnant or given birth can become incontinent. This may be related to the amount of sitting we are doing. Urinary incontinence can be termed ‘stress incontinence’ when coughing, sneezing, or exercise cause urine to leak out. ‘Urgency incontinence’ is when you need to go to the bathroom right away because the bladder contracts inappropriately and needs relaxation. Obesity is a risk factor for incontinence. Another problem is prolapse, which is when organs in the pelvis – such as the uterus or bladder droop or bulge out of place into the vagina.
Some women seek the help of a gynecologist, urologist, gastroenterologist, physical therapist or a colorectal specialist but few think of a chiropractor for a pelvic floor condition.
Current non-invasive treatments:
Strengthening the muscles in the pelvic floor can help.
Some doctors will recommend implanting a sling to support the urethra, the channel through which urine flows out.
Urgency incontinence may be helped by behavioral therapy, medications and/or natural phytonutrients. Some women have opted for botox injections to help relax an overactive bladder. This may last six to nine months and then recur.
I remember one of my first female patients when I was a student in the clinic had a ‘pessary’. These are still used today.
Soft tissue therapy and manipulation help the nerves that control bowel and bladder function.
If you have continued pain in the pelvis ask your chiropractor to help you figure out where it is coming from i.e. bladder, bowel, spinal misalignments, pelvic floor muscles or nerves.
You may consider Chiropractic to help muscle and bone problems, soft tissue therapy can help soften scar tissue, and a skilled practitioner will know how to help you strengthen pelvis floor muscles. Losing weight (in my office we use the ketogenic diet) is an important self care piece of the puzzle, along with exercises that strengthen the core and pelvis muscles, (Pilates type exercises are helpful) and, Peripheral Electro Magnetic Frequency (PEMF). PEMF helps stimulate pelvic floor muscles and can help decrease inflammation around nerves that may be irritated in the pelvic floor area.
Treatments I have been using are becoming more and more popular for neck pain. These include Laser massage, Shockwave massage also known as Acoustic Wave Therapy and Magnet Therapy.
Patients who come to see me with chronic neck pain receive a comprehensive therapeutic approach that involves hands-on therapy of the soft tissue and spinal segments. The techniques I use are aimed to decrease the pain and improve range of motion. My treatments are safe and cost-effective.
If you need an MRI or x-ray we can order that for you.
My method is a comprehensive system of physical therapy and chiropractic care.
I use ELDOA exercises, along with soft tissue therapy, chiropractic care and the latest technology in sports medicine. I develop personalized treatments specific for neck pain, or sessions can be used to improve overall pain and range of motion throughout the body. Because I use a complete system, the treatment often helps both pain and range of motion.
Exercise principles I use are from ELDOA, PILATES and FELDENKRAIS. This combination releases and connects energy at specified points throughout the body without the use of needles or injections.
PEMF therapy has been shown to help
Chronic low back pain
Rotator cuff tendinitis
Arthroscopic knee surgery
Lumbar fusion surgery
The following effects were observed with PEMF:
Enhancement of capillary formation
Faster functional recovery
Reduction in depth, area, and pain in skin wounds
Reduced muscle loss after ligament surgery
Increased tensile strength of ligaments
Acceleration of nerve regeneration and functional recovery.
Every cell in our bodies work as independent electrical circuits, accumulating and holding an electrical charge.
PEMF therapy is a noninvasive process shown to have several biological effects that contribute not just to pain relief and tissue healing but overall wellness by influencing mitochondrial function.
PEMFs should not be confused with dirty electricity, EMFs, or electrosmog, which radiate from cell towers, cell phones, power lines, appliances, and other devices.
During PEMF therapy, no electricity touches the body. Rather magnetic fields pass freely through the cells, charging them like depleted batteries to optimize metabolic function and turn on natural repair processes.
Jerry Tennant, MD, MD(H), PScD states that every cell in the body is designed to run at -20 to -25 millivolts. To heal, we must make new cell, a process that requires -50 millivolts. Chronic disease occurs when voltage drops below -20 and the body cannot achieve -50 millivolts to efficiently make new cells. Therefore, chronic disease can be seen as a condition of low voltage.
Call 310-444-9393 to try the MagnaWave PEMF therapy in our office.