Our myofascial expert and holistic physio Anna Crowle is at the forefront of a type of therapy no one talks about but that is changing women’s lives. Focussed on helping women reclaim their physical health post pregnancy, her work is pushing the boundaries of what is understood about previously ‘incurable’ issues such as prolapse. We think that is pretty awesome.
Here is a little more from her on what she does.
1) Scar release work.
Myofascial release is way of dissolving/melting/softening scar tissue. When applied to post natal scars from episiotomies and tears it can transform the biomechanics of the pelvis.
When a woman experiences a large tear or cut during birth, the effects can be massive, with tight tissue pulling on the rectum, bladder, and hip. Problems this leads to include lack of control of wind, wee or poo, painful or uncomfortable sex, hip, pelvis or back pain.
However, myofascial work directly onto the affected area, a very gentle technique, can reverse these issues. Effects are usually felt straight away, and through a few sessions, the change is permanent.
This work can resolve pain, restore normal sexual function and give women back control of their bladder and bowel.
It is also part of a pioneering way of treating prolapse.
2) Prolapse work.
The older model of understanding prolapse is that it is a bulging of the organs caused by a weakness in the pelvic floor. The newer way of understanding prolapse, which integrates new finding about the myofascia is different.
The theory is that myofascial tightness, originating from scars, and tight sections of muscles, within the pelvis causes a pull on the organs, shifting them slightly into an uncomfortable place.
By treating prolapse myofascially, i.e. though gentle internal bodywork (via the vagina) the connective tissue of the pelvis can be reformed to its normal shape, the function of the pelvic floor muscles can be restored, and the positions of the organs corrected.
This technique is in its early days but so far has had an excellent success rate.
Treatment is very gentle and usually a difference is felt straight away. Once the bodywork is complete, good quality movement therapy is recommended to rebuild the strength within the pelvis.