Women’s Health Issues
Specializing in the pelvis and pelvic floor area, Lynn offers alternative therapies to address issues such as:
- low back pain
- pelvic pain
- pain with intercourse
- musculoskeletal pain with pregnancy
- diastasis recti
- incontinence: frequency, urgency and stress
- prolapsing of bladder, uterus or bowel
If you have any of the above issues, Intuitive Hands Physical Therapy Can Help!
Low Back/ Pelvic Pain
With her knowledge of women’s health issues along with advanced training in how the organs move and function in motion allows Lynn the unique advantage of helping people with these issues. Because the body is going to protect our organs first, if there is a restriction in that organs ability to move the body will compensate by adjusting our posture to lessen the pull on the organ. In order to fully heal pelvic pain, sacroiliac joint dysfunction or low back pain the organs in the pelvis need to be cleared of any restrictions first. Visceral manipulation is a gentle approach to restoring full mobility to the organs.
By being able to listen to how the organs move one can assess if there are any abnormal tensions on that organ. If your uterus or bladder are restricted it can contribute to pelvic pain or pain with intercourse. By really listening to your body and tissues Lynn can identify what may be causing your pain, address the issue and thus help your body to heal.
Pain With Intercourse
Pain with intercourse can be caused by increased tone in the pelvic floor muscles, thus contributing to pain with insertion. A restricted uterus or bladder can cause pain with deep thrusting. Either way the tensions in the tissues need to be addressed and released by gently listening to the tissues and helping them to relax. Lynn has helped many women to be able to enjoy intercourse again in just one session!
Musculoskeletal Pain With Pregnancy
Pregnancy causes excessive strain on the body which can lead to pain. Areas like the low back, pubic bone, pelvis, sacroiliac joint, rib cage, or neck can all be sources of pain. As the belly grows larger your body has to accommodate more weight and this extra stress can cause areas in your body that aren’t working properly to hurt.
It’s very important if you have low back pain that you get this looked at before going into labor. Pain is an indication that the joints can’t move freely. You need to have a pelvis that can move freely to allow the baby to come out. A stuck pelvis can cause your delivery to be more complicated than it needs to be. At Intuitive Hands Physical Therapy, Lynn can help make sure your pelvis is able to move like it needs to, to allow your delivery to be as uncomplicated as possible.
During pregnancy the rectus abdominus muscles, our six-pack muscle of our abdomen can separate to allow the uterus to grow. There are things you can do during pregnancy that can reduce this separation and there is a way to heal this separation after pregnancy.
“How to Get Rid of Your Pooch” is a class, offered monthly in Boulder, CO and in Denver, CO or can be taken via a Skype session, that teaches you everything you need to know to prevent this separation and how to heal it if you have one.
Incontinence is another issue that many women suffer. Lynn can work with both frequency- having to urinate all the time, urgency- not being able to get to the toilet on time and stress incontinence- leaking urine when you cough, laugh or sneeze.
Frequency And Urgency Incontinence
Usually the bladder is being irritated for these symptoms to occur. Sometimes the bladder can’t expand fully or needs help in calming down it’s signaling to the brain. Lynn can help you relax and expand your bladder by releasing any restrictions around the bladder thus lessening your symptoms.
Lynn has found that many women who have had a Cesarean section births often times will develop frequency and or urgency, or both, often times 10-15 years later. In most cases scar tissue from the surgery is not allowing the bladder to expand like it should. When the bladder fills and is restricted from expanding by the scar tissue it sends a signal to the brain that is needs to empty, even if you just recently urinated. By gently releasing the scar tissue the bladder can enjoy greater ease in filling and be able to fill more before sending the signals to the brain. Frequency and urgency can also be caused by a bladder not able to move freely like it should. This could be caused from infections, trauma, seatbelt injuries from car accidents, difficult deliveries and surgeries. Freeing up the bladder with visceral manipulation can allow the bladder to function more normally.
Stress incontinence is typically caused by weakness or damage in your pelvic floor muscles or by trauma to your bladder during childbirth. Pelvic floor muscles usually get stretched and weakened through childbirth. By strengthening your pelvic floor muscles you can improve your bladders ability to close off the flow of urine. Also healing any trauma to the bladder can help it to function more normally. Lynn can release the trauma in your tissues and educate you on correctly contracting these muscles and teach you how to use this contraction while doing activities which can greatly decrease your leakage.
Sometimes our organs can fall out of place and create pelvic pressure in our vagina. This can be caused by excessive downward forces from coughing, laughing or sneezing or from prolonged pushing during delivery. Surgery is the most common option doctors recommend but there is another one. Lynn can help get your organs back into place and teach you how to avoid further downward pressures to help keep them in place.
“Lynn, this is the best money I spend ever. As you told me I have no prolapse it really is different. You moved all my insides around, my whole body feels good, I do not take laxatives it works on it own. Went for a long walk, my hips are open more, I feel taller and my “Ballet” posture is a work in progress. I am so grateful to you for your work with me. Thank you so much. Blessings.” -P. Lubarov