Connect PT recommends the Foam Roller for the release of overactive muscles and connective tissues.
Rolling the foam under tight or tender areas can break up trigger points and soothe tight fascia, while increasing blood flow and circulation.
A new website called “Take the Floor: Voices for PFD” [pelvic floor dysfunction] has been developed by the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) and the AUGS Foundation. People can find educational information on bladder and bowel dysfunction that includes: definitions, symptoms, treatment, and prevention. For more inforamation, go to www.voicesforpfd.org.
Connect PT recommends the New Dawn Pilates DVD for people with pelvic pain.
This series of gentle exercises was created by Jenny Buttacio, an occupational therapist and Pilates instructor who was diagnosed with interstitial cystitis in 2005. The DVD contains short segments to allow people with pain to customize a workout according to their needs.
Connect PT is a fan of Physiological Quieting, a CD for clients and clinicians. It is produced by Janet Hulme, a physical therapist that has been practicing for over 30 years. Breathing, autogenics, and muscle scanning are just a few of the components that have been included to help treat conditions like pelvic pain, bladder irritability, and sleep disturbances. Listening to guided CDs like these can facilitate balance in the autonomic nervous system.