Our Fave Products for the Pelvic Floor Rehab Toolkit

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In this week’s post, we’re going to share the list of products that we frequently recommend to patients. Important Disclaimer: we DO NOT have any financial relationships with any of these vendors! And we DO NOT receive any compensation for our product recommendations! They’re simply tools we have found to be effective in pelvic floor rehab.
go commandosThe go Commandos Patch…

…is a disposable, cotton patch that sticks in the curved seam of your jeans, pants, or shorts so that you can go underwear-free. Some of our patients report that the patch makes it easier for them to wear jeans and pants because it prevents the seam from irritating their vulvar tissue.

GoCommandos Ev’ylope of 10 Assorted Cotton Panty Free Patches

 

 

luvenaLuvena Prebiotic Vaginal Moisturizer and Lubricant …

…is a vaginal moisturizer/lubricant aimed at relieving vaginal dryness or discomfort. It contains no paragons, estrogen or glycerin. It does contain certain proteins and enzymes that are found in vaginal fluid. 

Luvena Vaginal Moisturizer and Lubricant

 

 

 

slippery stuffSlippery Stuff Gel (blue label) a.k.a. “Fem Glide”…

…the company that produces this water-bassed lubricant boasts that it “stays where you put it.” It’s glycerin-free, water soluble, and odor-free. We use it as a lubricant when treating patients internally because of its non-irritating qualities. It’s great for internal self-treatment, but is also a good choice for lubrication during sex, tampon use or for suppository insertion. 

Water-based Silky Safe Longlasting Personal Lubricant GEL by Slippery Stuff 8oz

 

 

 

hab it dvd

The Hab It DVD

…is helpful to those who need pelvic floor strengthening. The DVD was developed by a physical therapist. 

Hab It: Pelvic Floor

 

 

 

vag dilatorsVaginal Dilator Set from Vaginismus.com

…medical grade dilators to be used under the supervision and a plan provided by a qualified pelvic floor PT! 

Vaginismus Dilator Treatment Kit

 

 

 

neogynNeoGyn Vulvar Soothing Cream…

…meant to help manage vulvar discomfort. Does not contain any parabens or propylene glycol, fragrances, petrolatum or mineral oil. Is not an anesthetic or analgesic cream.

Neogyn 15ml Vulvar Soothing Cream

 

 

explain painThe book Explain Pain by David Butler and Dr. Lorimer Moseley…

…accompanied by quirky illustrations, Explain Pain discusses how pain responses are produced in the brain, how responses to injury from the autonomic motor and immune systems in your body contribute to pain, and why pain can persist after tissues have had plenty of time to heal. The book aims to give clinicians and people in pain the power to challenge pain and to consider new models for viewing what happens during pain. 

Explain Pain

 

 

painful yarnsThe book Painful Yarns by Dr. Lorimer Moseley…

…is a collection of stories that provides an entertaining and informative way to understand modern pain biology. Some of Moseley’s “yarns” draw from his travels in outback Australia and experiences growing up. At the end of each story, there is a section “so what has this got to do with pain?” in which Lorimer uses the story as a metaphor for some aspect of pain biology. 

Painful Yarns

 

 

tennis ball

Foam roller and tennis ball…

…are great tools for addressing muscle tightness and trigger points at home!

Penn Championship XD Tennis Balls

Foam Roller, LuxFit Premium High Density Foam Roller 6 x 36 Round

 

 

 

vital vulvaVital Vulva Wild Yam Salve…

…the company that produces this salve has formulated it to be gentle for users by reducing the amount of essential oils. In addition to the wild yam ingredient, it contains a “small amount” of lavender essential oil, vitamin e and shea butter.

 MoonMaid Botanicals: Vital Vulva Wild Yam Salve, 2 oz

 

 

 

the trigger point therapy workbookThe Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief by Clair Davies…

…this book simplifies Travell and Simon’s research on referred pain in an effort to make it accessible to the layman. The book guides readers through self-treatment principles for myofascial pain and trigger points. 

The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief

 

 

 

thera seatTheraseat…

…a therapeutic seat cushion designed for people with pelvic pain and other conditions that prohibit sitting pressure on the pelvic floor and perineum area. 

http://www.theraseat.com/

 

 

 

cushion your assetsCushion Your Assets…

…designed for people with pain with sitting. 

http://www.cushionyourassets.com/CUSHIONS_c2.htm

 

 

 

tush cushTush Cush Orthopedic Seat Cushions…

…also designed to make sitting more comfortable for those with pelvic floor issues. 

Tush Cush Original Orthopedic Seat Cushion – Navy

 

 

 

the stickThe Stick…

…is used for self-deep massage, primarily used on the legs and buttocks. 

Original Massage Stick

 

 

 

easy seatThe website, “Bicycle Seats Explained” by Jim Langley…

…a great guide to understanding the physics of bicycle seats. Scroll to the bottom of “the chart” for a list of pelvic-floor friendlier bike seats. http://www.jimlangley.net/crank/bicycleseats.html

 

 

What are the products in your pelvic floor rehab kit that you swear by? Please share them in the comments section!

All our best,

The PHRC Team

Comments

  1. What are some courses you would recommend to a Certified Nurse Midwife to aid in diagnosing/helping those with Pelvic Pain?? Thanks

    I live in NC and would love some suggestions near to home if possible.

    1. Author

      Dear Amy,

      My best advice is to look into attending the International Pelvic Pain Society annual meeting, and also mentoring under another provider that is familiar with pelvic pain and treats it regularly and successfully.

      All my best,
      Marcy

  2. I am interested in getting the “cushion your assets” cushion after sitting on it in the waiting room at your clinic.
    Which firmness is the cushion you have there? Medium, Firm, Extra Firm are the options online…
    Thanks so much!

    1. Author

      Hi Anna!

      So glad you like the cushion! The ones we have in the offices are “Firm”.

      Take Care!
      Stephanie

  3. hi, i see you have three different seat cushions, is there anyone in particular you’d recommend for someone healing from vaginismus and who needs to sit down all day at work at a desk? thanks!

    1. Author

      Dear Kristy,

      The key for you is to try as much as possible to keep pressure off of the areas that cause you pain. Therefore, perhaps the Thera cushion would be a good choice?

      Best,
      Stephanie

  4. Hi! Thank you for listing your favorite products to help with pelvic pain. I have IC and levator spasm syndrome. Which cushion would be best for me to use for sitting at the computer?
    i am 5’6 and 125 lbs.
    thank you! Bonnie

    1. Author

      Hello Bonnie,

      The best cushion for you will be the one that works the best. If one cushion doesnt relieve the symptoms while another does, then the latter would be the one for you.

      Regards,

      Melinda

  5. Hi. Would you recommend the Theraseat to someone with PGAD as to keep pressure off the pelvic floor? I have found not sitting to be **very** helpful–have been working on my laptop while lying/sorta-sitting on my bed, etc. But I need to sit up proper for some activities. Thanks you so much!!

    1. Hello Susie,

      Our patients have done well with the theraseat, but ultimately it will depend on your personal preference.

      All my best,

      Allison

  6. Can you tell me what the difference is between the theraseat and the cushionyourassets cushion. I am 130# and am trying to decide between the two.

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