It’s Time To Get Your Life Back
If you are living with endometriosis and you’re reading this, then it’s safe to assume that you’re looking for sustainable solutions to your debilitating endo pain and symptoms.
You’ve likely spent years trying different hormones, medications, pills, and natural remedies to treat your pain. You’ve been robbed of energy, productivity, participation, and joy. Your attempts to talk about your about pain have been dismissed, unheard, or minimized. This is not the way you want how want to live your life.
If this describes you, we’ve got some good news: you can get your life back. And if you’re wondering if pelvic floor physiotherapy can help, then you’re in the right place.
Endometriosis is an inflammatory, cyclical, painful condition that impacts 1 in 10 women around the world. The uterus is a reproductive organ that has an inner layer of lining called the endometrium.
This layer thickens during ovulation in preparation for implantation of a fertilized egg. If there is not implantation, the lining will shed out of the uterus in a process known as menstruation (ie. your period).
Endometriosis is a condition where endometrial-like cells are found outside of the uterus. There may be deposits of these cells on the ovaries, the outside of the uterus, the peritoneal cavity, the thoracic cavity, even in the nose. Most often, they are found in the pelvic cavity.
At different points in the menstrual cycle, these endometrial deposits will swell and become inflamed in response to hormonal cues. However, unlike the endometrium, they are unable to be shed out of the body. They remain inflamed in the regions outside the uterus and can cause significant pain during the cycle each month. The endometrial cells multiply and grow and can end up infiltrating the tissues that it is attached to.
Adenomyosis is an associated inflammatory condition whereby endometrial-like cells are found in the myometrial layer (muscular layer) of the uterus). Adenomyosis can exist independently or in conjunction with endometriosis.
At this time, the exact cause of endometriosis remains unknown.
There are various theories about what causes endometriosis. There is some evidence to suggest that it is an autoimmune disorder. Other research points to an environmental, chemical or genetic factors. Like most things, it is likely multifactorial.
Ultimately more research needs to be done into this condition, and work is being done by various advocacy groups.
The impact of endometriosis is absolutely massive on the lives of the individuals who live with it and on their families.
- quality of life
- energy levels
- participation in life, work, and leisure activities
- patient-provider relationship
- job productivity
- workplace advancement
- familial and work relationships
- social dynamics
- sexuality and intimate relationships
- fertility and reproduction
- mental health
- brain and central nervous system
- sleep quality and quantity
- pelvic floor and gut health
It takes an average of 10 years (TEN YEARS!!!) to be correctly diagnosed with endometriosis. When we look at all that is impacted, we must take endometriosis far more seriously.
If you are suspected or confirmed to have endometriosis, please get started with care as soon as possible.
Early treatment is best. It will save you from decades of pain and ultimate burnout. Is it possible to take a “sabbatical” year to focus exclusively on your health and prevent ultimate burnout? Are you worth it?
Yes you are.
Give yourself permission to pause. To think about your life long term. To stop powering through. To show kindness to yourself.
When it comes to treatment options, endometrial excision surgery is the gold standard. Excision surgery completely removes endometrial implants whereas endometrial ablation primarily burns away the surface of the endometrial implants – which often grows back.
Excision surgery is more intensive and requires more skill on the part of the specialist – but it also has far better and longer lasting outcomes than an ablation procedure.
In order to get better in the long run, a multidisciplinary approach is needed. You’ll want to work with professionals who can help you optimize your:
- diet, nutrition, and fuel sources
- sleep habits
- pain system
- emotional and mental health
- social supports
- movement, strength, and endurance
Ideally, all of your health team would be under the same roof. But unfortunately the truly interdisciplinary model of care is rare in our communities. So if you are serious about taking a holistic approach to your recovery, you will need to take the reins.
But we are here to help and support you along the way. We can help you with:
- stepping up to becoming the leader in your own health story
- pulling together your endometriosis healthcare dream team
- learning how to advocate for yourself
- navigating the complex healthcare system
- keeping better track of your health notes and observations – and organizing them
Pelvic health physiotherapy won’t erase your endometriosis. But it can significantly reduce your symptoms. Endometriosis research is showing more and more that pelvic floor physiotherapy treatment is essential to helping women live well and less pain, even with a diagnosis of endometriosis.
We work on a number of important things that help you manage endometriosis better:
- Your pain system – your brain and central nervous system
- Your postures and positions
- Your breathing system
- Your daily movements
- Your pelvic floor and abdominal wall tissues
- Your connective tissue and endopelvic fascia
- Your energy conservation and activity pacing system
Our Endometriosis Treatment Programs
We start by getting to know you and understanding your experiences. We want to know how endometriosis is affecting your life, what you have tried, and what your goals are. We’ll ask questions about your pelvic health and look at your bigger health picture as well.
After this, we check out how your unique body is working and let you know what we find. Our programs include custom recommendations, hands on strategies, practical advice, step by step home exercise protocols, email support, accountability, educational resources, product recommendations, letters to your healthcare team, and more.
All that we offer is designed to help you overcome the pain and symptoms of endometriosis, and ultimately get your life back!
Our endometriosis programs work beautifully especially if you are…
Ready to approach your healing and recovery from a whole-you perspective (biopsychosocial)
Prepared to fully engage in the gentle, consistent, progressive, work of healing persistent pelvic pain
Suspected to have or are already diagnosed with endometriosis/adenomyosis
Navigating associated challenges of endo such as dyspareunia (painful sex), painful bowel movements, or GI issues
Ibbie takes what could possibly be an embarrassing or uncomfortable situation and turns it into a very professional and tremendously helpful experience. She is knowledgeable, professional and works with you to meet your goals. Her explanations are so clear and concise. Being a physiotherapist myself I learned much more than I ever expected. She has empowered me to take my pelvic health into my own hands which has been invaluable.