Spotlight on Stress, Self Care and your Digestive Tract

November marks the beginning of the holiday season, for many this can be a stressful time of year. As Thanksgiving approaches, I have been thinking about self care and its importance in my life. As a busy mom, the last person on my list is usually myself. Losing track of taking care of ourselves is usually when stress and poor habits can takeover our lives. With holiday food this can be a bad combination.

Often, stressful times can increase symptoms of pain, constipation, diarrhea or urinary frequency. Our bodies respond to our feelings and emotions.  The brain and the gut are connected and constantly in communication. Stress can affect every part of the digestive system.

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Clogged Breast Duct and Therapeutic Ultrasound

Clogged milk ducts are painful and make breastfeeding more challenging. Once you have a clogged duct, your chances of getting another increases if you aren’t careful. Worst of all, a clogged duct can lead to mastitis if not properly treated. Blocked ducts are associated with breast engorgement and may result in a localized tender breast lump or area of blushed color; the breast may feel hot and tender. 

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Prostatectomy

Prostatectomy

Urinary issues in men are surprisingly common, particularly after being diagnosed with prostate issues. The pelvic floor muscles run under the bladder and strengthening them can have a positive effect on these conditions.

After going through the difficult experience of a prostatectomy and or prostate cancer, it can be hard to deal with the after effects. These can include urinary incontinence, urinary frequency and urgency, and overactive bladder. Having these symptoms can negatively affect the social and sexual life of the patient. Furthermore, with the way that the medical community currently deals with male urinary issues, many men are self diagnosing through online research, and are not finding the proper information.

Physical therapy is considered a conservative and successful approach. Pelvic floor work can even improve painful bladder conditions such as Interstitial cystitis, which though it has no cure, can be brought under control. Meeting with a pelvic floor specialist is a very positive and safe way to approach male urinary issues.

Pregnancy and Post Partum

Pregnancy and Post Partum:

For most women, pregnancy and post-partum life is a time of big changes for their bodies. As the body stretches and adapts to carrying and delivering a child, you may experience unexpected side effects. These often include pain in your pelvic floor. Far from being just another consequence of pregnancy, you can seek a course of action through physical therapy.

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Prolapse

Prolapse is a difficult diagnosis to deal with. When pelvic floor muscles are not strong enough or have been damaged, bulges into the vagina can occur. Damage is commonly caused by childbirth, illness, or even simply aging.

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Male Pelvic Pain

Men can suffer pain related conditions in the pelvic area just as much as women can. Pain can be caused by surgical scar tissue, surgical scar adhesion, or spontaneously occurring conditions like pudendal neuralgia.

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