ICA Network Spring Issue

ICA Network Spring Issue

The latest ICA Update includes a discussion about Botox used to decrease the muscle spasms of the bladder, yoga as a treatment modality, and sacral neuromodulation. The ICA is a nonprofit health association that provides advocacy, research functing, and education to ensure ealry diagnosis and optimal care with dignity for people affected by IC.


Yoga for Athletes

Danielle Bullen reports on the use of yoga for the treatment of athletic injuries in the Jun 11th edition of  Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine. Bullen reports on the growing number of clinicians who are using yoga as a healing modality. Katherine Roberts is the yoga instructor for the San Diego Padres and the founder of Yoga for Golfers. She integrates specific postures into spring training and you can check out some videos on her website http://www.yogaforgolfers.com. Dr. Kriebel is a physical therapist and owner of Awareness Physical Therapy. She estimates 50% of her case load seek yoga therapy over traditional physical therapy.

So what makes yoga postures different than traditional therapeutic exercise? There is a different focus on breath. Specifically useful for people with chronic pain, freeing the breath can free chronic holding in the pelvis, back, hip, and neck. Yoga also inspires mindfulness, which is helpful when dealing with chronic pelvic pain.

At Beyond Basics Physical Therapy we offer yoga classes and private sessions for people with pelvic pain. We can help you reeducate your body to move in a painfree way. For more information please email helpdesk@beyondbasicsphysicaltherapy.com.

Myth dispelled: midwives are not “witches who perform séances”

Myth dispelled: midwives are not “witches who perform séances”

Many women choose to have a midwife delivery their baby in the home or in the hospital. This article in the New York Times dispells the myth that midwives are not only for “hippies”, but also for the “women in red-bottomed shoes.”

Q&A with Amy Stein featured in the ICA Update

The Spring 2012 edition of the Interstitial Cystitis Association Update features an interview with Amy Stein highlighting the use of yoga as a pain management modality for men and women with interstitial cystitis.

ICA: Why is yoga particularly helpful?

Stein: I think it gives many patients some of the control back. For so long, they’ve felt helpless, some feel hopeless. Then they’re able to start with gentle yoga. Then they realize okay, I can do this. As soon as they realize they can do that, they start to gain the confidence they once had. One thing I always say is that there is help and there is hope. It may just take some work to find it. 


ISSWSH news: Sheryl Kingsberg

What does the word desire mean to you? Sheryl Kingsberg, a clinical psychologist and professor of reproductive biology and psychiatry, addresses the components of desire. There is a biological component referred to as drive. This primal urge is hard wired in the brain. The second component of desire is the beliefs, values, and expectations of the individual. The relationship and feelings toward the partner is the final component of desire. Women with anorgasmia, or the inability to have an orgasm, may have one or more of these aspects missing.

Consult your gynecologist and sex therapist for guidance on how to increase your sex drive. It is possible to have desire emotion towards your partner with a physical disconnect and that can be addressed. In the meantime, check out the Women’s Anatomy of Arousal by Sheri Winston.