Pelvic Pain and Nutrition

Pelvic Pain and the Gut; Nutrition Facts!

Maureen and Natalie have 2 conferences they attended recently and we are excited to help you on your healing journey with science:

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There is an explosion of information regarding the “Gut”,and clinicians are helping their clients TURN OFF PAIN by adjusting their nutritional intake. Notice I did not say “DIET: which is restriction based. New approaches guide individuals to gradually add more positive elements to their nutrition profile, and gradually release habits that are pro inflammatory. There are common threads in Pelvic Rehab and as I observe MD, ND, DO, and NP, PT, D.C. and RD directed, “PELVIC HEALTHY” NUTRITION approaches, I see my clients transform. Sleep improves, bowel and bladder function improves, and pelvic pain often reduces or may be eliminated in some cases. It all comes down to science and optimal nutrients that are easily digested, absorbed and assimilated, and excreted. Our PELVIC ORGANS include the bowel, bladder, uterus, and ovaries, and or in males, the prostate and testes. It turns out the best nutrition will help us build and maintain a barrier and insulation of each organ system vs Leaky Gut, or Leaky Vagina or Leaky Bladder. A fun weird fact: The “Vagina Diet” is coming out in 2018 dealing with these issues, from an integrative OBGYN.The synergistic effect of a nutrition –based approach for Pelvic Pain can have a profound, life changing influence on other health factors as well, such as optimizing weight, blood sugar regulation, improved – tissue pliability and appearance, and resistance to illness. But it can take some detective work, and a food/beverage/symptom diary can be illuminating. Reactions can take a few days to occur after ingestion. You are unique and so are your sensitivities and food pleasures that that can help you heal.

Recognize:Power packed nutrition for health:

  1. Cooked vegetables
  2. “Good fats” Omega 3 as found in Salmon, Sardines, and more
  3. Berries and cherries
  4. Lean protein
  5. Nuts and seeds
  6. Yogurt ,* or other source of probiotics

Reduce/trial, and if reactive: gradually eliminate

  1. Refined carbs: they spike sugar and increase inflammation
  2. Gluten, Dairy, Soy: most common food allergens
  3. Alcohol: limit to a few oz., but not daily
  4. Processed meats
  5. Fried foods
  6. Cold beverages such as iced smoothies, milk shakes, icy raw veggies drinks

Also hormone influences can be associated with pelvic pain so if there is a concern check your labs with your health care provider. Studies are demonstrating that a combination of medication and probiotics helps reduce recurrent bacterial vaginosis. In those with Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome, attendees of the San Diego Support group have had some success following NIH guidelines :

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3153925/

https://www.ichelp.org/

https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/urologic-diseases/interstitial-cystitis-painful-bladder-syndrom

And last but not least, the GUT BIOME is being identified as a perpetrator in chronic health conditions including pain and anxiety. Here is a link from a local Dietician Donna Wolf who halted her fibromyalgia with nutrition and self care:

http://healthydirectionsforyou.com/leaky-gut-what-it-is-why-its-significant/

Consider what new items to add for health and what you may need to taper or even eliminate. Consult Your Pelvic PT specialist for more information, such as the myofasical basis of pelvic pain, as well. Power On!

Enjoy this THANKSGIVING MONTH and sample a new healthy treat, let us know. This is from S.F. based Seed and Salt:

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About FunctionSmart

I am a Physical Therapist with over 25 years of experience caring for people with pain and difficulty with movement. I specialize in Pelvic Health PT and work with men, women and children with pelvic pain, bowel or bladder dysfunction, core weakness or pelvic instability, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. In my spare time I enjoy triathlons and endurance sports and especially love a good trail run in our local mountains.

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