Contributing Author: Anika Arevalo, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist & Pelvic Health Specialist
In recognition of National Women’s Health Week, we at Back to Normal would like to remind all the ladies… YOU should be your TOP priority, this week and every week of the year! And we want to help you make meaningful strides toward improving your health and create positive habits for life. Oftentimes, women are naturally inclined to prioritize caring for others – whether it’s our family, our friends, our pets (yes, they count too!). We can easily forget to check back in and take care of ourselves, which is so important in order for us to be the best we can be!
STEPS TO TAKE FOR BETTER HEALTH
- Prioritize your physical health:
- Schedule preventive screenings and annual exams
- Check-in with your pelvic floor (details below)
- Address injuries, whether old or new
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
- Get active
- Prioritize your mental & emotional health:
- Find ways to manage stress, with yoga, massage, movement, reading, etc.
- Make to-do lists to clear your head, and to help you stay on top of tasks
- Journal about your feelings and emotions, to gain more clarity
As YOUR holistic healthcare team, our goal at Back 2 Normal is to help you become the best version of yourself, by addressing physical, mental and emotional health. Our staff of professionals provides top level care through physical therapy, nutritional coaching, pilates training, massage therapy, and a variety of related services, including an often overlooked, yet incredibly significant area of female health – pelvic floor health.
Pelvic floor muscles, the muscles at the bottom of your pelvis, have a major impact on a woman’s health. Their day job is to support your bladder, uterus and bowel, to withstand any increase in abdominal pressure. These muscles also have specialty skills, like providing bladder control, aiding in childbirth, and even contributing to a happy, fulfilling sex life. Your pelvic floor muscles also largely related to core stability. Dysfunction of these muscles can cause pain, lead to incontinence and bowel issues, and can even contribute to back or hip pain. In addition to the “usual” annual check-ups, it’s important to pay special attention to your pelvic health. Trained Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPT) can help you become familiar with your pelvic floor muscles, and teach you how to improve function and in turn, improve your daily life.
Make yourself a priority, so that you can be your best today and everyday! We offer a wellness-focused & supportive environment that can help you achieve your goals. Be sure to check our social media and blog updates for regular wellness inspiration, information, offers and support.
The Back 2 Normal blog is an educational resource written by Back 2 Normal employees and professional associates. Back 2 Normal bloggers are professionals who abide by the code of ethics outlined by their respective professional associations. The content published in blog posts represents the opinion of the individual author based on their expertise and experience. The content provided in this blog is for informational purposes only, does not constitute medical advice and should not be relied on for making personal health decisions.