Do you experience sore, achy, or even severe low
How about abdominal pain, weakness, or tummy
Maybe you experience temporary relief, but that
lingering discomfort does not seem to go away.
Despite everything you try (even specialists and
or medication), do you feel like their is a piece of
the puzzle that's missing?
Our bodies are in fact a complex puzzle with
many pieces that must fit together. Often, we get
so focused on the exact "spot" that hurts, we
ignore the whole system that needs to fit
Let's look at the system that makes up your
midsection where many of our clients report pain
and discomfort that disrupts their quality of life.
Your Organs Live in a Box
At the back of your abdominal box are the muscles
of your spine, the front your abdominal muscles,
the sides your oblique muscles, the top your
diaphragm, and the bottom your pelvic floor
The most ignored piece of the "abdominal cavity
puzzle" (the one no one wants to talk about) are
the pelvic muscles. However, it shouldn't be so
taboo because problems with the pelvic muscles
are actually very common.
In fact, pelvic pain affects about 20 % of the
population. The rate of problems such as
weakness, muscle spasm, or related symptoms
such as incontinence and sexual dysfunction
are as high as 50%.
Evidence shows that those with low back pain
have a significant decrease in pelvic floor muscle
function. In these cases, people report symptoms
- Tender points in the back, or buttock.
- Pain in the abdominal area.
- Unable to sit for as long as you used to.
- Urinary frequency, urgency, or leaking.
- Chronic constipation
- Straining with bowel movements
Maybe you have some of these symptoms
occasionally but don't feel like they aren't a big
deal to you right now. Maybe that back pain that
keeps you from enjoying your weekend activities
is most pressing right now.
But remember, in this puzzle all of the pieces
must be addressed before you completely achieve
the long lasting relief you desire.
How do we keep all the pieces of this puzzle
functioning properly so each part can do it's job?
1. Diaphragmatic Breathing
The diaphragm is the top of the box. It expands
and contracts with each breath. Deep
diaphragmatic breathing improves digestion,
relaxes the back and pelvic muscles, and aides in
increased oxygen utilization for muscle function.
While lying on your back, breath in deeply
allowing your stomach to rise as you breath in
and fall as you breath out.
2. Abdominal drawing in maneuver
This is a simple, yet effective exercise to improve
abdominal muscle strength, control, and also
recruit the pelvic floor muscles.
Starting again on your back. . . as you exhale, keep
your back flat on the ground and pull your
stomach in pulling your belly button to your spine.
Hold, release, and then repeat.
3. Lifestyle Habits
Everything you do to keep a strong healthy body
will effect your back, core, and pelvic floor. This
includes good posture, maintaining a healthy body
weight, refraining from smoking, and exercising
Could this be your missing piece?
We see this frequently with our clients. In fact,
78% of physical therapy patients with low back
pain also have urinary incontinence. Most don't
come to therapy reporting this as a problem.
Our clients want their back fixed so they can get
back to running. They think it has nothing to do
with the fact that they leak during a race.
Over 50% of clients delay treatment for pelvic
issues due to either embarrassment, or they feel
this piece to the puzzle is just inevitable.
Well. . . it isn't!
Physical therapists help people experiencing back,
abdominal, and pelvic pain restore strength and
flexibility to the muscles and joints, and reduce
their pain. Our clients are often pleasantly
surprised when constipation, shortness of breath,
or urinary symptoms subside during the course of
If back pain, tummy trouble, or pelvic pain are
limiting your ability to confidently participate
in the activities you enjoy inquire today. A
FREE 15 minute phone conversation can
help you start putting ALL the pieces of the
puzzle together. Click HERE to get started.