Bladder & Bowel

Urinary Problems

Urinary incontinence affects more than 25 million Americans, though many women don’t seek treatment because they are embarrassed or they believe it is a “normal” consequence of pregnancy, childbirth or aging. No amount of incontinence is normal, ever.

Urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine due to cough, sneeze, laugh or physical activity (stress incontinence) or following a strong urge to void (urge incontinence). Some women will have both (mixed incontinence). Society has normalized incontinence with the myriad of pads, tampon-like devices and even “pee proof undies” available in stores. It is important to remember that incontinence is a symptom, not a disease; it means your core is not functioning optimally.

The pelvic floor muscles are an integral (often forgotten) player in your core. They control continence. If the pelvic floor muscles are weak and/or not coordinated they cannot generate enough strength, causing leakage. On the other hand, if your muscles are overactive you may also leak.  This is why kegels are not always appropriate and may even worsen your symptoms.

Common Diagnosis and Symptoms may include:

  • Incontinence (stress, urge or mixed)
  • Painful bladder syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis
  • Incomplete voiding or straining
  • Frequent urination
  • Frequent urinary tract infections or feeling of UTIs without presence of bacteria

​You are more than your pelvic floor. I will perform a full evaluation including posture and movement analysis, breathing patterns, core strength testing as well as a pelvic floor muscle evaluation to determine the appropriate treatment plan for YOU. 

Bowel Issues

While there can be many medical reasons for bowel disorders, I am able to evaluate and treat the musculoskeletal components of bowel dysfunction by identifying and treating tightness or weakness in the abdomen, low back or pelvic floor muscles caused by IBS, constipation, and other bowel disorders.  I have specialized training in functional nutrition and can look at your symptoms from a lens of how your muscles are reacting to what you are eating (or not eating).  This comprehensive approach can address not only muscle imbalance, but nourishment and lifestyle shifts to successfully minimizing or even eliminating symptoms.

Common Diagnosis and Symptoms may include:

  • Bowel frequency, urgency, and/or incomplete emptying
  • Difficulty getting clean following a bowel movement
  • Constipation
  • Rectal pain, low back pain, hip pain, stomach pain and/or abdominal pain
  • Rectal pressure or rectal spasm
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Coccyx pain or a feeling of fullness in the rectum
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Levator ani syndrome
  • Anal fissure