Prolapse is the descent of your pelvic organs. There are stages of severity for prolapse, but essentially either your bladder, uterus, or colon (or multiple organs) have lost support within your thorax and are being pulled by gravity down and out your vagina.
It's only recently that high quality pelvic floor physical therapy has been offered to women with prolapse.
We know that prolapse occurs very frequently postpartum, but when I came out of school it was only typical for post-menopausal women to receive a referral to pelvic floor physical therapy for prolapse...if that even happened at all.
It is true that post-menopausal women are at a higher risk of developing prolapse, however I will argue that the mechanisms of support around the pelvic organs began to break down well before. No matter what age you are, now is the time to get treated for your prolapse.
What Causes Prolapse
There are a lot of different factors that can play a role when looking into the why behind developing prolapse. We know that if you have a history of prolapse in your family, you are more likely to develop it.
But when I think about prolapse, I am primarily considering what strategy is being used to generate strength in the thorax, and whether there is a good distribution of pressure in the system or if all of the force is being sent downward to the pelvic floor.
Healing a Prolapse
Healing a prolapse completely is possible, especially if it's a relatively early stage.
If you have prolapse, there is a really good chance you can get back to lifting kids, jumping, running, and hauling around heavy stuff without fear of developing prolapse again with the right interventions.
And even if you have had a prolapse for many years and it has become severe over time, there's still a good chance you can improve your prolapse and avoid surgery, or dramatically improve your surgical outcomes with physical therapy.
The underpinnings of healing a prolapse through therapy rest on strengthening the core system and relearning how to distribute force throughout the core.
We teach you how to identify faulty mechanisms, how to fix them, and then coach you closely through each activity of daily life that might create strain and show you how to manage it correctly.
This includes breathing, coughing, sneezing, jogging, jumping, lunging, lifting, and more.
Every activity has to be monitored a rewired. It's hard work, but if you're up to it, it will change your life.
Everyday, we help women transform their lives and improve their futures. Prolapse is a scary diagnosis, with few positive long-term outcomes or effective treatment strategies offered by the medical system.
But there is hope. Pelvic floor physical therapy can help improve, heal, and eliminate prolapse symptoms and get you back to you life. The earlier you come in the better, so book your session here today!