Hi, I'm Dr. Molly with Your Goals Physical Therapy. Okay women, let's have a very real conversation. Your monthly period does not have to come with back pain. I have heard from several women that say that their back hurts every month. They thought it was just part of the deal. The pain changed monthly. Sometimes it would be kind of an ache across their low back, sometimes the pain was at just one point. They just thought this was normal and there was nothing they could do. One woman, Rose, went into a lot more detail. She told me that she actually went to one doctor and they told her that her hips were misaligned, one leg was longer than the other, but that was just her state of being. She's just going to have one leg longer than the other, or she'd have to keep coming every couple months to have an adjustment done so that they would get rid of it for her. Her general practitioner did an x-ray of her back and told her, “Well, there's not really anything going on in your back. So you just kind of have to live with this back pain every month.” And so here she is at the age of 50, and now she is just fed up and she's been scouring the internet to find out how to stop this back pain, because it's not about the pain anymore.
Hi, I'm Dr. Molly with Your Goals Physical Therapy. I wanted to share a story about a young woman or rather young mom that has a five month old baby. She was holding her baby in one of those baby carriers, which are amazing inventions, but in this case it ended up causing a whole lot of back pain. The pain started from just below her left shoulder blade then extended up to her neck then down to her lower back all on the left side. It was making breathing difficult. It was making moving difficult. Not to mention, having to carry your baby, having to take care of her other kids, having to do all her housework.This poor mom was just very, very distraught to say the least. She was feeling the pressures of not being able to take care of her newborn. She was feeling the pressure that her other kids needed her attention also. She just wasn't able to move around like she wanted to, not to mention, laundry doesn't wait for anybody.
One thing that shocks people about me is when I say that I love training my abs. I just love abs day. I’m constantly looking for new abs exercises because I like new challenges, and you can’t get bored if you know 100 different ways to exercise something. But for many women, it hurts to do abdominal exercise. It hurts to lay flat on their back or while completing planks which are notorious for hurting backs. This causes women to just skip training their abs. And this is what Martha told me when I first met her.
Martha said “How can you like to train your abs? It hurts when I lay flat on my back with or without my knees bent. I can't even do modified planks without pain.” She went on to tell me that her physician told her not to train abs because she has a herniated disc. So her thought was that if it hurts and the doctor says it's not good then I'm just not gonna do it.
I asked a little bit more about what she could or couldn't do.... Well, I make it through my aerobic classes, I do boot camps. And I don't have any problems. I just avoid doing the ad stuff, but I do squats and lunges and all the upper body exercise without any issues. My back doesn't really hurt when I get done.
While I was pregnant with my first baby, I remember the first time I noticed a random bubble that popped out of the front of my stomach when I moved. I don't remember how far along I was but I had a good sized belly and when I pulled myself forward from the back of my chair I saw my stomach change shape. At first I thought it was hilarious because it looked like an alien was popping out of my stomach. Eventually, I realized that the bubble was happening because my stomach muscles had split to make room for my baby; I had Rectus diastasis. So I stopped intentionally making the alien pop out for the remainder of my pregnancy. Once my son was born, I really wanted the alien to go away quickly. For some women your stomach muscles spontaneously heal and everything goes back to normal. However, for some of us that separation needs a little help to go away.
WE HELP ACTIVE ADULTS OVERCOME THEIR ACHES AND PAINS TO GET THEM BACK TO THEIR FAVORITE ACTIVITIES WITHOUT MEDICATION, INJECTIONS OR SURGERIES.
Dr. Molly McDonald