One of the things I ask my clients when I first meet them is whether or not they suffer with any pelvic or Bowel dysfunctions. But what I'm really asking is do they have a history of recurrent UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections), Yeast Infections, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) or pain 'down below'.
This is important is you are coming to see me with any musculoskeletal issues.
Well even long after an infection has cleared or you no longer have issues with IBS because you've sorted your diet out, these issues can lead to the neuromuscular impairments that you are now having problems with.
Let me give you an example….
Nina is 29 and has a history or recurrent UTIs. This then causes her bladder and urethra to become inflamed. This results in urethral burning and pain in her lower abdomen.
This in turn causes the connective tissue around her urethra, the muscles in her lower abdomen and the muscles in her groin to become restricted. Hence more pain.
As it's a UTI it makes her feel like she needs to 'go' all the time. But she can't because she needs to work and so ends up 'holding' or clenching herself in order to ease the feeling of urgency.
This clenching causes so many of her muscles to become tight resulting in lack of blood flow and possible 'Trigger Points' (small, taut areas of painful, involuntary contracted muscle fibres).
Even after the infection has cleared, the resulting neuromuscular impairments can still exist. And strangely enough they can actually mimic the symptoms of the infection too!
Usually in cases like this it's not just one episode of infections but severe infections that last a long time or are recurring events over a number of years.
So again, when I ask you about your pelvic and bowel health there is a reason for it…I promise!