NVFP Presents:

Signs, Symptoms, and Solutions for Adult Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

with Physical Therapist, Dr. Anastasia Palaia

Oftentimes, women are coached that the negative changes they experience after childbirth, such as urinary incontinence or pelvic pain, are “normal”. As a result, many women believe they just have to live with these symptoms forever.

Join Dr. Elizabeth Cilenti, Dr. Natasha Beauvais, and Physical Therapist, Dr. Anastasia Palaia for a mom-centric discussion of the symptoms, risk factors, causes, and solutions for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD).

Event Highlights:

  • 0:14 – 2:35 – Dr. Natasha Beauvais kicks off the town hall event by introducing the event’s topic, adult pelvic floor dysfunction, as well as her co-host, Dr. Elizabeth Cilenti, and special guest, Dr. Anastasia Palaia.
  • 2:40 – 10:10 – Dr. Palaia begins her presentation by addressing the three primary and frequently seen pelvic floor disorders, especially those who have been pregnant or given birth to a child. She then discusses the common signs and symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction.
  • 10:26 – 12:18 – A question Dr. Palaia is frequently asked – “Am I normal?” Dr. Palaia states that she does not want her patients to feel embarrassed and that there is no shame in having any of the symptoms that come with pelvic floor dysfunction.
  • 12:25 – 21:37 – What is the pelvic floor? What does it do? Why is it so important? Dr. Palaia shares images to help attendees better understand the pelvic floor.
  • 21:50 – 29:06 – Dr. Palaia discusses how we develop pelvic floor disorders, including risk factors such as smoking, lack of exercise, uncontrolled diabetes, and more. She then addresses how those who have been pregnant or given birth are more likely to have pelvic floor dysfunction.
  • 30:05 – 39:35 – “So we’ve talked about problems, we’ve talked about risk, now let’s talk a little bit about solutions. How can we make this better?” Dr. Palaia shares different solutions to pelvic floor dysfunction, from addressing posture to encouraging people to exercise more, and other solutions.
  • 39:46 – 46:50 – What does good posture look like? What are some exercises to improve posture? Does posture affect incontinence or is there another primary cause of pelvic floor problems? Dr. Palaia answers specific questions from attendees.
  • 47:25 – 51:29 – Dr. Beauvais asks Dr. Palaia – Could you talk about the correlation between people with a posture that is more anterior in the shoulders, and extended neck, and what that does to our pelvic floor?
  • 52:00 – 102:19 – Dr. Palaia answers questions from attendees, and Dr. Beauvais concludes the town hall event by thanking both Dr. Palaia and Dr. Cilenti for joining her.
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