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March Tips & Tricks - International Women's Day/Month Edition!

🌸 Happy International Women's Day! 🌸

Celebrating the Strength, Resilience and Brilliance of Women Worldwide

Happy (almost) spring!! In celebration of International Women’s Day, we have a special edition of MTN Wellness Newsy Tips & Tricks this month! 

And to all the guys reading this…. Before you hit the delete button, consider sharing this with all the ladies in your life! And if you find you are reading through this and notice that you too have some of the symptoms discussed, consider reaching out to a Physical Therapist who specializes in male pelvic health (because yes, you too have a pelvic floor 😀). 

What is the Pelvic Floor?

The pelvic floor refers to a group of muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues located at the base of the pelvis, forming a supportive sling-like structure. These muscles play a crucial role in supporting the organs within the pelvic cavity, including the bladder, uterus (in females), and rectum. This group of muscles has several key functions:

1. Support: They provide support to the pelvic organs, helping to keep them in their proper positions.

2. Sphincteric Control: The pelvic floor muscles contribute to maintaining continence by controlling the openings of the urethra, vagina, and anus.

3. Sexual Function: These muscles are involved in sexual function, contributing to arousal and orgasm.

4. Stability: The pelvic floor works in conjunction with other core muscles to provide stability to the pelvis and spine.


Understanding the Importance of Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy 

Various factors, such as pregnancy, childbirth, aging, hormonal changes, and certain medical conditions, can impact the strength and function of the pelvic floor. Pelvic floor dysfunction can lead to issues like urinary and bowel incontinence, constipation, pain with intercourse or tampon insertion, low back and SI joint pain, and pelvic organ prolapse. 

Pelvic floor physical therapy is a specialized form of therapy aimed at addressing these concerns by promoting strength, flexibility, and proper coordination of the pelvic floor muscles, ultimately enhancing overall pelvic health. Treatments are conducted by specialized Physical Therapists, and sessions focus on strengthening and restoring these muscles through targeted exercises, education, and interventions. 

By empowering women with the knowledge and tools to maintain a healthy pelvic floor, Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy not only alleviates discomfort and improves quality of life but also fosters preventive care, supporting women in every stage.


Next Steps:

Come to our free women's event, Flex and Fuel, next Saturday, the 16th in Black Mountain.   Hannah will be leading us through an exercise routine to support our pelvic heath.  We will also learn a couple of nutrition tips for women from Clara Collie at Redemptive Health & Wellspring.  We need a count so please register here to let us know you are coming https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flex-fuel-tickets-853875714247?aff=FlexFuelNewsletter

Another option is after reading this and noticing that you’ve been dealing with some of the symptoms listed or have further questions, our Pelvic Floor PT, Dr. Hannah, would love to talk to you more. Check out our webpage to get on her schedule or contact us at 828.415.5171. https://www.mountainwellnesspt.com/get-started

Have a great March and we hope to see you out & about on the trails!

Charlotte Walters - Mountain Wellness & Physical Therapy

Upcoming Events & Workshops (For additional details and to register please check our FB page!) 

March 16th @ 11am - Flex & Fuel: Empowering Women Wellness Class https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flex-fuel-tickets-853875714247?aff=FlexFuelNewsletter

March 24th @ 2:00pm - Women's Intermediate MTB Group Ride - Bernard Mt.  Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/march-ladies-group-mtb-ride-bernard-mt-tickets-858167942417?aff=MarchMTBnewsletter

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