I am a mom of three kids and am 2 months postpartum with our baby girl. Like many women I suffered from some incontinence after the birth of my first two children. It was manageable for the most part but after delivering baby Eva who was 8 lbs 7.5 oz it was no longer manageable. I was so afraid of sneezing or coughing in public! I decided to schedule an appointment with Dr. Reyes and it was such a great experience! I was able to bring my baby with me and Dr. Reyes saw me while she napped! Currently I have a bad cold with a lot of coughing which is a bummer but I realized I have had no incontinent issues at all! I am so grateful for the help I received and look forward to working with Dr. Reyes more in the future!
FOUR Most Common Issues
Incontinence - This may be either stress (due to high impact activities, coughing, and sneezing) or urge (i.e. difficulty making it to the restroom on time).
Incontinence comes from the deeper pelvic floor muscles not being able to support when they need to, disconnect in the muscles and not being able to tell you when you need to go, or due to structural imbalance.
Prolapse - there are different types depending on what is prolapsing. A uterine prolapse may feel like pressure or bulging in the vagina. Rectocele prolapse - the rectum bulges into the back wall of vaginal canal causing a feeling of heaviness and may cause constipation. Cystocele - where the urinary bladder bulges into the anterior vaginal canal and may lead to urgency and incontinence.
Pain with intimacy - due to friction, insertion, impact, past injuries, scar tissue/adhesions.
The primary issue with pain during intimacy is due to nerves, muscle imbalance, and disconnect.
Pelvic pain - may be experienced along the pubic bone, tailbone, sit bones, deep within the pelvis, and the hips.
The function of the pelvic floor is directly related to the function of the core. The muscles that support and stabilize your core work together with the muscles of the pelvic floor to maintain optimal pelvic alignment and properly support your organs.
When your core is elongated and engaged during your daily activities, then your pelvic floor will also be lifted and supported.
On the other hand if your core muscles are weak and inactive, the body falls into a collapsed posture and begins to compensate by bulging or bracing the abdominals in order to stabilize itself.
The lack of stability and bulging increases internal pressure on your organs which often presses down on your pelvic floor.
The approach at Bump Fit Physical Therapy focuses on the big picture versus individual symptoms to help restore your core and pelvic floor in practical and functional ways. It is more than just a set of exercises, but rather a way of living connected and coordinated!
Meet The Team
SIGRI REYES, PT,DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy | Corrective Exercise Specialist| Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise Specialist| Concussion Specialist