ENDO WARRIORS on The Pelvic Messenger

Tomorrow night at 9pm EST, we are excited to welcome Jill Fuersich and Jordan Davidson of the endometriosis support group Endo Warriors to The Pelvic Messenger. “Support nation” is really a better term since Endo Warriors now has over 5,000 members online and has spawned smaller, real-life support groups across New York, New Jersey, Colorado and Pennsylvania. You can tune in to this episode of The Pelvic Messenger here.

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Jill Fuersich, left; Jordan Davidson, right

Jill, Jordan and their additional co-founder Nicole Malachi, all endometriosis sufferers, founded Endo Warriors in 2012 after they couldn’t find support groups for their health issues. Jill manages Endo Warriors patient outreach and Jordan is an award-winning health journalist. Their website shares endometriosis facts and information, pairs up those diagnosed with endometriosis with another endo buddy, operates a discussion forum, and much more! Check them out on Facebook and Twitter, too.

Endo Warriors! Part II

By Riva Preil

Here is some more insight from our PTs about our most recent Endo Warriors session! Read below to learn more about physical therapy for endometriosis treatment.

Can PT change or stop the disease process of Endometriosis?
A: No, but by working on releasing restrictions the result can be decrease pain.

-How can PT help with my pain?
A: By addressing posture, alignment and connective tissue / organ mobility the pain is often decreased.

-PT vs. Surgery
A: Surgery is sometime necessary, but with pre-op PT and PT after surgery, recovery time is often reduced.

-Is all PT the same?
A: No, not only do you want a therapist that specializes in the pelvic floor you want one  who treats with an holistic approach.  i.e., visceral, myofascial, cranio-sacral.

1.    What did you impart to the group?
We provided education about the importance of symmetrical pelvic alignment, pelvic floor muscle anatomy and function, and the anatomy of the uterus.  We also informed the group on how adhesions associated with endometriosis can contribute to their pain and sexual, bladder or bowel dysfunction and how myofascial release, visceral manipulation and trigger point release techniques can facilitate symptom relief. We finished with a demonstration on visceral manipulation, and Amy Stein showed the group diaphragmatic breathing techniques along with self-pelvic floor stretches (ex. double knee to chest, squatting- refer to Heal Pelvic Pain for more details). Overall I feel we helped with providing encouragement and hope that physical therapy is a holistic treatment for endometriosis.

2.    Did you have any specific recommendations or advice for women who suffer from endometriosis?
To seek pelvic floor physical therapy and if possible find a therapist who practices myofascial release or visceral mobilization before and after laparoscopic surgery.

Endo Warriors! Part I

By Riva Preil

Beyond Basics Physical Therapy had the opportunity to host an Endo Warriors meeting on Sunday, September 29.  According to their mission statement, “Endo Warriors is a support organization for women who are focused on helping each other to fight against the devastating effects of endometriosis, the leading cause of pelvic pain and infertility in women. Through this group we exchange ideas, current research, and give support to those in need-we could all use someone who understands what we’re going through and how we feel.”  We here at BBPT support the Endo Warriors, and are always looking to help those suffering from endometriosis. Our own Amy Stein, Michele McGurk, and Mary Hughes participated in Sunday’s session.  Please enjoy the following interview I conducted with Michele, physical therapist at BBPT, regarding the session (paraphrased responses).

1.    What questions were asked at the session and how did you respond?

-What are dilators and what is their purpose?
A: Dilators are used to help increase one’s comfort with inserting something into the vagina, to help stretch the pelvic floor muscles, to monitor their personal progress with physical therapy, and to prepare for intercourse and/or use of sexual toys.

-What is the expected course of physical therapy?
A: Approximately 8 weeks is a good timeframe within which to expect to see progress from treatment.

-Are pelvic floor exercises found through Google or YouTube any good, or is it better to speak to a doctor/physio etc? Can those exercises help with pain?
A: It’s better to speak to physician or pelvic floor PT, and yes they can help with pain!