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IC Awareness Month Daily Fact #4 – Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and IC Often Co-Exist

IC Awareness Daily Fact 4

The role of the pelvic floor muscles in bladder and/or pelvic pain is often underestimated. Urologists have found pelvic floor muscles “as tight as rubber bands” when examining interstitial cystitis patients. Patients with pelvic floor dysfunction may have difficulty starting their urine stream or feel as if something is falling out of them. Vaginal burning is a common symptom. Many IC clinics around the country now have physical therapists on staff to provide “hands on” therapy with excellent results.


Suggested Reading:

  • ICN’s Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Info Center
  • The Pelvic Floor Muscles – You have a lot of muscles “down there!”
  • PFD Symptoms
  • How is PFD Diagnosed? – Pelvic floor assessment should not be feared!
  • How is PFD Treated? – Hands on physical therapy, self-care, medications, acupuncture, yoga
  • Heal Pelvic Pain: The Proven Stretching, Strengthening and Nutrition Program for Relieving Pain, Incontinence, I.B.S. and other Symptoms without Surgery offers readers relief and recovery for pelvic floor disorders through a program of strengthening, stretching and relaxation exercises, massage techniques, nutritional basics, and self-care therapies —without drugs or surgery.
  • Ending Female Pain: A Woman’s Manual by Isa Herrera, MSPT is a ground breaking book for women with pelvic and sexual pain, containing dozens of easy, helpful exercises and tips that offers hope for patients with pelvic floor problems, vulvodynia, IC, etc. etc. This book gives you vital, easy and effective stretches, exercises and tips to help you take control and manage your pelvic pain symptoms.
  • Ending Male Pain: A Man’s Guide by Isa Herrera, MSPT shares her excellent pelvic floor rehabilitation program for men struggling with pelvic, gential and sexual pain. Like her book for women, it contains dozens of easy, helpful exercises, massage techniques and self-care therapies without drugs or surgery.
By |2017-01-31T12:32:10+00:00September 4th, 2014|Awareness, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction|Comments Off on IC Awareness Month Daily Fact #4 – Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and IC Often Co-Exist

About the Author:

My Google Profile+ Jill Heidi Osborne is the president and founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, a health education company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and other pelvic pain disorders. As the editor and lead author of the ICN and the IC Optimist magazine, Jill is proud of the academic recognition that her website has achieved. The University of London rated the ICN as the top IC website for accuracy, credibility, readability and quality. (Int Urogynecol J - April 2013). Harvard Medical School rated both Medscape and the ICN as the top two websites dedicated to IC. (Urology - Sept 11). Jill currently serves on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Panel (US Army) where she collaborates with researchers to evaluate new IC research studies for possible funding. Jill has conducted and/or collaborates on a variety of IC research studies on new therapeutics, pain care, sexuality, the use of medical marijuana, menopause and the cost of treatments, shining a light on issues that influence patient quality of life. An IC support group leader and national spokesperson for the past 20 years, she has represented the IC community on radio, TV shows, at medical conferences. She has written hundreds of articles on IC and its related conditions. With a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacology and a Masters in Psychology, Jill was named Presidential Management Intern (aka Fellowship) while in graduate school. (She was unable to earn her PhD due to the onset of her IC.) She spends the majority of her time providing WELLNESS COACHING for patients in need and developing new, internet based educational and support tools for IC patients, including the “Living with IC” video series currently on YouTube and the ICN Food List smartphone app! Jill was diagnosed with IC at the age of 32 but first showed symptoms at the age of 12.