Are Kegels Always the Answer?


That’s unfortunately one common reason I hear for why a woman has dealt with pelvic issues for many years before seeking pelvic physical therapy. Let’s take a look at some other reasons:
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2. “I thought (leaking, pelvic pain, pain with sex, low back pain, etc) was just a normal part of (aging, having children, menopause, etc)”
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3. “I heard pelvic PT’s work internally and I’m not comfortable with that”
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4. “I’ve never heard of pelvic PT until now”
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Let’s go through these one by one.
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1. Kegels are one potential component to pelvic rehab but are not the cure-all for every pelvic ailment. The pelvic floor muscles are like any other, they contract and relax and it’s important to work the full range of the muscles for full function. Also, are you sure you’re doing those Kegels correctly? Are your glutes squeezing? (Ps-shouldn’t be) Are you feeling a close and a lift? Are you feeling a contraction from the back and the front? 
Additionally, breathing, posture and lifestyle factors all need to be assessed to get a full picture of your situation.
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2. Leaking and pain are not normal and should never be dismissed. If you’ve had these symptoms dismissed by medical professionals in the past, I’m truly sorry. While these symptoms might be common in our culture (interestingly not common across women in all cultures), they certainly aren’t to be considered normal or untreatable.
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3. There is so much we can do to assess and treat your situation without performing any internal work! Communicate your concerns with your PT, we are here to help you with your goals in a way that is comfortable for you!
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4. Let’s get the word out! It’s never too late to seek help!

#pelvichealth #pelvicphysicaltherapy #wellness #womenshealth #physicaltherapy #pelvicpain #incontinence #kegels #healthylifestyle #saltlakecity #utah #health

That’s unfortunately one common reason I hear for why a woman has dealt with pelvic issues for many years before seeking pelvic physical therapy. Let’s take a look at some other reasons:

2. “I thought (leaking, pelvic pain, pain with sex, low back pain, etc) was just a normal part of (aging, having children, menopause, etc)”

3. “I heard pelvic PT’s work internally and I’m not comfortable with that”

4. “I’ve never heard of pelvic PT until now”

Let’s go through these one by one.

1. Kegels are one potential component to pelvic rehab but are not the cure-all for every pelvic ailment. The pelvic floor muscles are like any other, they contract and relax and it’s important to work the full range of the muscles for full function. Also, are you sure you’re doing those Kegels correctly? Are your glutes squeezing? (Ps-shouldn’t be) Are you feeling a close and a lift? Are you feeling a contraction from the back and the front?
Additionally, breathing, posture and lifestyle factors all need to be assessed to get a full picture of your situation.

2. Leaking and pain are not normal and should never be dismissed. If you’ve had these symptoms dismissed by medical professionals in the past, I’m truly sorry. While these symptoms might be common in our culture (interestingly not common across women in all cultures), they certainly aren’t to be considered normal or untreatable.

3. There is so much we can do to assess and treat your situation without performing any internal work! Communicate your concerns with your PT, we are here to help you with your goals in a way that is comfortable for you!

4. Let’s get the word out! It’s never too late to seek help!

#pelvichealth #pelvicphysicaltherapy#wellness #womenshealth #physicaltherapy#pelvicpain #incontinence #kegels#healthylifestyle #saltlakecity #utah #health

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