Today's #PelvicMafia advice comes from Jessica Drummond, MPT, CCN, CHC, Founder and President of The Integrative Pelvic Health Institute. Jessica uses natural techniques to help women overcome pelvic pain, no matter what the cause. Today's advice is taken from Jessica's blog at http://integrativepelvichealthinstitute.com/ and offers 3 top tips to help you beat pelvic pain and begin to enjoy your life again.
Jessica Drummond, MPT, CCN, CHC offers her #PelvicMafia advice on how to beat pelvic pain.
Pelvic pain is caused by a variety of official diagnoses affecting many organ systems.
The bottom line for women who suffer from pelvic pain is that is a major problem in her life affecting her ability to work, care for her children, maintain intimate relationships, and enjoy sexual pleasure. Pelvic pain often cohabitates with infertility making the situation even more difficult.
Up to 30% of us will experience it at some point in our lives! Ugh!
What can we do about it?
The causes of pelvic pain can be grouped into a number of overlapping categories…
Inflammation. Hormonal Imbalance. Poor Digestion/ Nutrient Deficiencies. Stress. Poor Muscle and Joint Alignment and Function.
These core issues are underlying many of the causes of pelvic pain… so, what can you do about it?
Here are 3 things that you can start doing today…
- Add nutrients to your diet. Before taking anything away, try adding high quality, nutrient dense foods that will improve the functioning of your cells, help your body to detoxify, and improve your hormonal balance. Foods like broccoli, avocados, wild salmon, kale, and lemon are some good options to start with.
- Lower your stress hormone level. When you have too much cortisol (a key stress hormone) floating around in your blood, it tends to get in the way of the right balance of sex hormones. There are many ways to lower stress. Some of the most effective are eating much less sugar, eating protein with each meal and snack, and doing a daily mindfulness practice like yoga, meditation, prayer, or walking in nature.
- Add anti-inflammatory spices to your food. Adding spices like turmeric, garlic, ginger, and cinnamon can help to calm inflammation if your pain is caused by aching joints, burning nerves, or tight muscles. But, be careful of using too much hot pepper – nightshade vegetables like peppers can increase joint pain, and the menstrual irregularities that can be caused by autoimmune challenges.
Jessica Drummond Biography
Jessica Drummond, MPT, CCN, CHC
, the Founder and President of The Integrative Pelvic Health Institute, is passionate about caring for and empowering women who struggle with women’s health conditions such as endometriosis, PCOS, hormonal imbalances, weight gain, period pain, painful sex, and post-surgical, orthopedic, or pregnancy related pelvic conditions. She is equally passionate about educating and supporting clinicians in confidently and safely using integrative tools to treat chronic pelvic pain. Having over a decade of experience as a pelvic physical therapist plus owning a private women’s health clinical nutrition and coaching practice gives her a unique perspective on the integrative, conservative options for pelvic pain management.
See Jessica's blog at http://integrativepelvichealthinstitute.com/ and follow her on Twitter for more great advice at @IPHIPelvicPain.