Normal or Common?
One of the first things we hear as pelvic floor physical therapists is the phrase “but I thought this was normal”. I think a lot of us have an idea of what “normal” should look like based on our observations and what others have told us. Many people believe that as you age, it is normal to leak urine when you laugh because of what we’ve observed with our own family members, heard of from friends, and seen on social media or television. The truth of the matter is that this is a common occurrence BUT it is not a normal occurrence like we have been led to believe. If we were convinced that this was something unavoidable and even a normal process in aging, then what else have we deemed normal when in reality it’s not? Let’s challenge your preconceived notions of what is normal about the pelvic floor! Here are just a few of the things that may be common and are perceived as normal BUT are actually not normal and can be helped:
Low back pain/pelvic pain
Pain with intercourse/penetration
Urinary leakage (at any age)
I am almost certain that many of you reading this thought that menstrual cramps are normal since it’s likely almost everyone you know has them! Although menstrual cramps are highly common, their intensity/duration can be lessened and could even stop completely WITHOUT the use of medication. I know many of us hold our bottles of Ibuprofen or Aleve close at least one week out of every month, but wouldn’t it be nice to not have to take medication that may or may not work depending on the day? Consider making an appointment so we may alleviate your pain and teach you how to manage your symptoms at home! The above mentioned symptoms are not normal, but we can help you get there! Call 330-528-0034 to schedule or visit our website www.healthycorewellness.com to learn more!
written by Regina Saxon - December 2022