Prolapse and Lifting: Restrictions or Revelations? Part 2: Patient Education

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Lifting Techniques for POP

Do you find it challenging to find educational material that will encourage patients to stay engaged in their activities and discourage them from becoming overly cautious?  I have found lifting education to be an important simple first step in the rehabilitation of POP. Some lifting techniques naturally increase the downward pressure on the pelvic organs more than others. Patients need to learn breathing techniques, body positioning and activation of the pelvic floor muscles.

This lifting with POP education handout focuses on the effects of technique and breathing on lifting activities.  The strategies described come from reviewing the literature and working with POP in my clinical practice. The patient education handout was developed as part of an independent study project with Heather Bridgham SPT, University of Washington Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy.

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Kathe Wallace

About Kathe Wallace

Kathe Wallace has practiced physical therapy since 1976, focusing on pelvic floor rehabilitation since 1988. As a nationally recognized leader in the pelvic floor specialty of physical therapy, she evaluates and treats many types of conditions referred to her by medical specialists in orthopedics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, urology, gynecology, gastroenterology and colorectal surgery. Full Bio.. →

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