What is Prolapse?
Prolapse refers to the descent or displacement of pelvic organs, such as the bladder, uterus, or rectum, from their normal positions. This can occur due to weakened or damaged pelvic floor muscles and connective tissues. Factors such as pregnancy, childbirth, aging, obesity, and chronic coughing can contribute to the development of prolapse. Common symptoms include a sensation of heaviness or pressure in the pelvis, tissue bulging, urinary or bowel dysfunction, and discomfort during sexual intercourse.
Treatment Options for Prolapse
A Holistic Approach
At Treasure Valley, we offer comprehensive treatment options for prolapse. Our holistic approach focuses on addressing the underlying causes and improving pelvic floor function. Treatment may include:
- Pelvic floor exercises: Specific exercises to strengthen and support the pelvic floor muscles, such as Kegels, can be highly beneficial in managing prolapse.
- Manual therapy: Our skilled pelvic health therapists use manual techniques to release muscle tension, improve tissue mobility, and address any restrictions that may contribute to prolapse.
- Lifestyle modifications: We provide guidance on lifestyle adjustments, including maintaining a healthy weight, proper lifting techniques, and managing chronic conditions like coughing or constipation, to reduce the risk of prolapse or its progression.
- Education and self-care: We empower you with knowledge about prolapse, teaching strategies to manage symptoms, and promoting self-care practices that support pelvic health.
Promoting Pelvic Health
Prevention is key when it comes to prolapse. While certain factors may be beyond our control, there are proactive steps you can take to promote pelvic health and reduce the risk of prolapse:
- Maintain a healthy weight: Excess weight can put additional strain on the pelvic floor muscles, increasing the risk of prolapse. Aim for a balanced diet and regular exercise to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
- Practice pelvic floor exercises: Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles through regular exercises can help maintain their integrity and support the pelvic organs. Our pelvic health therapists can guide you in performing proper exercises tailored to your specific needs.
- Proper lifting techniques: When lifting heavy objects, avoid straining your pelvic floor muscles. Utilize proper lifting techniques, such as bending your knees and using your leg muscles instead of relying solely on your back.
- Manage chronic conditions: Chronic conditions like chronic coughing or constipation can strain the pelvic floor. Seek appropriate medical care and treatment to manage these conditions effectively.
- Avoid repetitive high-impact activities: Engaging in repetitive high-impact activities such as heavy weightlifting or high-intensity exercises can place excessive stress on the pelvic floor. Opt for low impact exercises like swimming, walking, or cycling, which are gentler on the pelvic floor.
Experiencing Prolapse? We Can Help!
Take control of your pelvic health and prevent or manage prolapse with the help of our dedicated team at Treasure Valley. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discover the comprehensive care we offer to support your well-being.
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