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.
The 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.
…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.
…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.
The Hab It DVD
…is helpful to those who need pelvic floor strengthening. The DVD was developed by a physical therapist.
…medical grade dilators to be used under the supervision and a plan provided by a qualified pelvic floor PT!
…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.
…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.
…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.
Foam roller and tennis ball…
…are great tools for addressing muscle tightness and trigger points at home!
…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.
…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.
…a therapeutic seat cushion designed for people with pelvic pain and other conditions that prohibit sitting pressure on the pelvic floor and perineum area.
…designed for people with pain with sitting.
…also designed to make sitting more comfortable for those with pelvic floor issues.
…is used for self-deep massage, primarily used on the legs and buttocks.
…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