By Katy Bowman, MS
I was just interviewed for an article on Lifescript.com (I’ll post it when it comes out) and in looking for some research to share, I came upon this from the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology:
The number of American women with at least one pelvic floor disorder will increase from 28.1 million in 2010 to 43.8 million in 2050. During this time period, the number of women with UI will increase 55% from 18.3 million to 28.4 million. For fecal incontinence, the number of affected women will increase 59% from 10.6 to 16.8 million, and the number of women with POP will increase 46% from 3.3 to 4.9 million. The highest projections for 2050 estimate that 58.2 million women will have at least one pelvic floor disorder, with 41.3 million with UI, 25.3 million with fecal incontinence, and 9.2 million with POP.
In case you were wondering, POP stands for Pelvic Organ Prolapse (lesser known than the more commonly used acronym for organ prolapse, WTF!) Holy cow, ladies. It’s time we change course of this slow moving ship called Women’s Health. If the existing treatments are “scientifically proven to work”, then how do you explain the doubling of incidence in the next forty years? Let’s get off this crazy ride try something new. As promised, I am giving you some homework to start right away.
1. If you have an organ prolapsing, you must reduce your impact activities until you have better muscular strength. Once the organ is prolapsing, it is clear that you don’t have the strength to hold up your organs. True, your ligaments can carry the load for awhile, but here’s the thing about ligaments:
Your ligaments cannot, ever, shrink back to their original position. They are not like muscles and tendons in that way. If you use your ligaments to hold up your organs (or stabilize your knees or sacrum, for that matter) instead of using your muscles, the ligaments will stretch out like the elastic on an old pair of knee socks. You know what happens to the top of socks after you’ve stretched out the elastic? How they kind of sadly swamp around your calf? I call socks at this stage Quitters. Don’t let your ligaments become Quitters! (Oh, and P.S. Your ligaments don’t sag because they age, but rather because they have been subjected to your bad habits for longer!)
2. Get out of your heels ASAP.
This one is better explained with a picture taken from Podiatry Management, written by genius podiatrist William A. Rossi.
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