Free Strategies For Patients Suffering From Interstitial Cystitis
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Isa recently participated in a live chat on Jill Osborne’s IC-network.com. Here is the review from Jill. The downloadable PDF in this section is based on the transcript from the chat.
-Are you confused about the relationship between IC & pelvic floor dysfunction?
-Do you struggle or strain to urinate?
-Are pelvic floor spasms interfering with your ability to enjoy sex??
-Curious about how a pelvic floor assessment is done??
-Do you believe that Kegel exercises are the best way to treat PFD tension?
-Are you looking for ideas that you can do at home?
The good news is that pelvic floor dysfunction is treatable. The Clinical Director of Renew Physical Therapy (NYC, NY), Isa Hererra specializes in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) and pelvic pain disorders. During her chat on IC Network she provided a practical description of PFD symptoms, how she assesses and treats patients and, most importantly, she reviewed strategies that she teaches her patients for home to help you manage your PFD.
This was a fabulous session for all the IC patients who loged in! As Isa stated, to ignore the muscles while only treating the bladder could dramatically delay your progress or result in unnecessary surgical procedures.
– Jill Osborne, ICN President
PDF Sample – 20 Real Life Solutions for Patients with Interstitial Cystitis & Pelvic Pain, by Isa Herrera, MSPT, CSCS (Exerpts From the Live Chat from the IC-Network.com, moderated by Jill Osborne
1- Avoid Dehydration: Drink plenty of water because water prevents urine from becoming too concentrated. Concentrated urine can cause bladder irritation and contribute to increase voiding frequency. A good guide for hydration is to look at the color of your urine. It shuld be pale yellow.
2- Get advice from a nutritionist who works with IC patients and devlop a food plan that works for you. The following foods have been known to be bladder irritants: Fruits and acidic juices, coffee, teas, carbonated drinks and tomato products.
3- Take hot baths twice a day for 15 minutes with the water covering the lower abdominals which can help with the pelvic pain that is often associated with IC or try sitz bath soaking.
4- Rent a TENS Unit, which provides pain relief. Check with your physical therapist about placement of electrodes and machine setup for best results.
5- Avoid constipation and pushing urine out, because the increased pushing adversely affects the pelvic floor muscles, which can lead to increased pain.
6- Practice relaxation techniques and deep diaphragmatic breathing, which helps…
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