235: Signs of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction & How to Stop Pelvic Pain Naturally With Isa Herrera   As moms we really give it all — heart, mind, and definitely body! This episode is all about that last part, and how we can recognize and rehabilitate pelvic floor problems. I’m with the best expert I’ve ever
As moms we really give it all — heart, mind, and definitely body! This episode is all about that last part, and how we can recognize and rehabilitate pelvic floor problems. I’m with the best expert I’ve ever met on the topic (plus she’s one of the most fun too!). Her name is Isa Herrera and she is a licensed physical therapist as well as an expert in integrative pelvic floor therapies. She’s treated pelvic pain, leaking, and prolapse in over 14,000 women at her healing center in New York City and was one of the first to pioneer the use of integrative modalities like Maya massage, cold laser therapy, sound healing, and other techniques.
Isa has also authored five books on the topic of pelvic floor dysfunction and pain, including her newly released international bestseller Female Pelvic Alchemy. She now brings her expertise to a global audience with an online school that teaches pelvic health exercises, self-care techniques, and integrative tools to maximize healing.
Episode Highlights With Isa Herrera
- What Isa’s own post-pregnancy experience taught her (that physical therapy school didn’t)
- How she discovered that 1 out of 3 women in the U.S. struggle with this issue
- How it controls the lymphatic system, sexual function, joint stability, and more
- The reason caesarian births don’t prevent pelvic floor damage
- Why Kegels might not be the best pelvic floor exercise (& what to do instead)
- Health conditions that make it more likely you’ll experience pelvic floor dysfunction
- The connection between pelvic floor and diastasis recti (abdominal separation)
- What your reoccurring UTI or bladder infection might really be
- Isa’s take on whether Yoni eggs, Ben Wa balls, and other Kegel devices are helpful
- Why using a sling/surgery to treat vaginal prolapse may not be the best course
- How to give yourself a vulvar-vaginal exam (and why it’s important)
- Natural solutions to balance and restore the pelvic area
- What an ergonomic workspace has to do with vaginal and pelvic health
- Self-care tips for your pelvic floor during pregnancy
- And more!
“The pelvic floor is the basin. It is the cradle of our being… the deep connector of the lower and the upper extremity.”
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