This blog is a way of sharing the information and resources that have helped me to recover my son Roo from an Autism Spectrum Disorder. What I have learned is to view our symptoms as the results of underlying biological cause, which can be identified and healed. I say "our symptoms" because I also have a neuro-immune disorder called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

And, of course, I am not a doctor (although I have been known to impersonate one while doing imaginative play with my son)- this is just our story and information that has been helpful or interesting to us. I hope it is helpful and interesting to you!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Pelvic Floor Health

Okay, so this may not be immediately related to the specific health issues that I usually address on this blog, but I felt it was an appropriate topic for other reasons.  Primarily, I have myalgic pain as part of my own health challenges, which is probably at least partially the result of the HHV-6 virus and may also be related to the fact that I have an (as yet unidentified) autoimmune disease, so I welcome anything that may help to reduce my chronic pain.  Pelvic floor dysfunction is also something that affects, or will affect, many of us and finding effective self-help strategies has been an important part of the shift in mentality that is so important, I think, in regaining health.

Here is an interview with Katy Bowman, who is a biomechanical scientist, and the director of the Restorative Exercise Institute.  Katy has her own blog here and has blogged on this topic herself.    Katy is basically saying that the key to pelvic floor health rests in getting the pelvis back into its optimal position, which she suggests you can best accomplish by learning and practicing the correct way to squat regularly (which she thoroughly outlines on her blog).  She suggests not doing kegels to accomplish this as they can actually worsen the underlying problem.  The original post with the Katy Bowman interview on the Mama Sweat blog was so successful that Kara did a follow up interview to provide more information and clarity.