Suzanne Andrews, star of the PBS show Functional Fitness with Suzanne Andrews shares her personal journey with pelvic floor therapy.
“OK, now, squeeze,” orders the urologist.
I lie on the cold hard steel of the gynecology table, my feet nervously cradled in the stirrups, and naked from the waist down.
“Now squeeze like you’re trying to hold back urine or gas.” I react with a laugh and am mortified. Up until I had urinary incontinence, laughing was enjoyable. Now it’s embarrassing. Laughter, coughing, and exercising cause me to leak and there’s nothing I can do to stop it.
The exam just takes a few minutes, but I feel like it’s been hours when she says to get dressed and meet her in her office. I immediately am scared and say to myself, “In her office, what could possibly be wrong?”
Anxiously, I sit myself down and wait with dread. She starts the conversation with, “You have stress and urge incontinence. Stress incontinence is when you leak urine and have no control over it; urge incontinence is when you have to urinate frequently,” and goes on to say, “You need surgery.” She casually explains how she’s going to insert this mesh inside my private area, like it’s an everyday occurrence. To her it is, but in my mind I’m thinking, “are you serious, you want to cut me up and insert what in where!”
She doesn’t offer me any other solutions. She states to me that the medications don’t work in 8/10 women.
As I hurry off to work as a physical therapist and go about my day treating patients in rehab therapy, I begin to wonder about how many women like me there are and what they do to correct their incontinence. I begin my research and find some medical classes to treat this problem – naturally!
Why didn’t the doctor tell me about this solution? It’s so economical, it’s so easy and I can do it at home. I knew that physical therapy was being used to treat incontinence. And to make a long story short, I designed a program derived from the best medically proven pelvic floor exercises that are effective for both women and men. I knew it was a success when I used it myself and then sneezed and nothing leaked! I was smiling from ear to ear. Since then, I can go for long car rides, go on social outings and not have to make sure there’s a bathroom nearby. And those expensive pads? Forget about them! Since that day I’ve implemented the program and successfully treated thousands of patients with this problem. All of who had no idea that they could do something about it – naturally. No pills, no surgery. All in the comfort of your own home.
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