Hello! I am SO excited to bring you an AMAZING interview on pelvic floor and IBS I had with Renae Hunter from Evidence Sport & Spinal.
A new physiotherapy clinic opened up on south east Calgary, and I was THRILLED when I found out they had a pelvic health expert & physiotherapist coming in. So I called Renae up, and we chatted. I thought I had a good basic understanding of how the pelvic floor played a role in IBS – but she has taught me SO much more – and I’m SO excited to share it with you!
What does the Pelvic Floor Do?
The muscles of the pelvic floor help control bowel movements. Coordination deep abdominal muscles, alongside full relaxation of the pelvic floor are key for moving your bowels. When these things are not coordinated, are weakened, or are tightened, it can lend to exacerbation of your IBS symptoms.
Pelvic Floor & IBS – More Common Than You Think
As many of you know, I take a very holistic approach to IBS. It’s not JUST about food – but the person as a whole. As part of my four pillars of gut health, I really see the value in relying on other members of the health care team to help a patient feel as good as possible. Renae taught me that 1/3 women have pelvic floor dyssynergia (coordination issues), and 1/9 in men – so – you’re not alone – pelvic floor issues can affect anyone – NOT just women after having children which I think, so many of us traditionally think of when we think of pelvic floor.
How do I get my pelvic floor assessed for IBS?
My practice philosophy is that we talk about pelvic floor in our initial assessment. I screen my patients for signs and symptoms of pelvic floor dyssynergia – and refer to an expert pelvic floor physiotherapist, like Renae at Evidence Sport & Spinal. I find that pelvic floor is one piece of the puzzle in managing IBS, and with proper assessment can help to manage symptoms and improve quality of life for you!