Pelvic health is often overlooked. The “problems” that are treated in pelvic floor PT are considered taboo and not discussed because people are often embarrassed by their condition. Many do not even know that these “problems” that they are experiencing are merely symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction that can be treated with physical therapy. Most doctors do not know that they can refer their patients for this type of treatment.
What is the pelvic floor? It is the muscular layers that span the base of the bony pelvis. This layer support organs including the bowel and bladder in males and females. The pelvic floor muscles function to assist in urinary and fecal continence, aid in sexual performance, and stabilize connecting joints such as the spine and hips.
Common conditions that are experienced with pelvic floor dysfunction include, but are not limited to:
- Leaking urine or stool with any daily activities, including exercising, or at rest
- Urinary or fecal urge or frequency (urinating more than every 2-5 hours)
- Abdominal separation after baby (Diastasis Recti)
- C-section scars or pain after baby
- Vaginal, vulvar or episiotomy pain after baby
- Pelvic organ prolapse – feeling a bulge or pressure in the vagina
- Painful sex or penetration (difficulty wearing a tampon)
- Bladder pain
- Pain with sitting: tailbone, pudendal neuralgia,
- Genital pain – vulvar, vaginal, testicular, penile, etc.
- Any type of pain or function change after surgeries in the abdomen or pelvis
I want people to know that living with these conditions is not necessary! Even if your symptoms are mild, they can be treated.
A common misconception is that these symptoms are normal with aging or after having a baby. This is not true! There is a higher prevalence with aging, but none of these are a normal part of aging. Sure incontinence, prolapse, etc are commonly seen post-partum, but don’t “give it time”. If you rehab with a trained professional, these signs and symptoms can go away for good. Currently I only treat women in the adult population, but I do have colleagues in this field that can treat men. I do also treat children – boys and girls.
What will be covered during the seminar:
- Anatomy of the pelvic floor
- What is normal?
- What is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, and the different types?
- How does all of this relate to exercise?
- Things that may make the problem worse?
- What can you do to help the problem?
Don't just deal with it. Put an end to it!
Dr. Dina Cooney is a physical therapist, level 2 certified CrossFit trainer, and mother of three vivacious children! After graduating with a bachelors in exercise science from Ohio University in 2005, she then went on to receive a doctorate in physical therapy from Wheeling Jesuit University 2007. She now works at Wheeling Hospital in Wheeling, WV, and coaches at OV CrossFit in St. Clairsville, OH.
Her background includes being a competitive athlete her entire life, and CrossFit coach since 2012, but what she is most excited to tell you is that she is just a regular girl— just like you! She has good days and bad days, and her own health challenges and struggles. Dina's passion, vision, and purpose is to help women heal their bodies through self-care, knowledge, and safe and effective fitness. It’s a holistic lifestyle that will change your body and your quality of life. Her goal is to not only provide the highest quality rehabilitation to individuals with pelvic floor dysfunction, but to also help mankind become proactive in how we approach the athlete – to educate and train to improve overall fitness.