“Mind Over Bladder” program will address pelvic floor rehab disorders

July 14, 2017

Columbus, GA (July 14, 2017) – A free community seminar entitled “Mind Over Bladder” is being offered on Thursday, July 20, at St. Francis Hospital. The program is from 9:45-10:45 am in the Sara Ruth Carroll Auditorium in the hospital’s Butler Pavilion. Reservations are recommended by calling 706-320-8060 or by emailing PrimeTime@sfhga.com.

Sponsored by St. Francis’ PrimeTime program, the course is open to any interested person. The PrimeTime program is focused on helping people 50 and older live healthier longer lives by providing educational programs and health screenings. 

The program features Lindsay Newcomb, PT, DPT, a physical therapist who specializes in pelvic floor rehabilitation. The lecture will address pelvic floor dysfunction which can include incontinence, constipation and pelvic pain. According to Newcomb, urinary incontinence impacts 25 million Americans, but only one in 12 will seek help. One out of every four postpartum women report urinary incontinence and women are 4-5 times more likely to report this condition over men. However, 11-34% of older men also report difficulty with urinary incontinence.

The purpose of the program is to teach people how to engage their inner cores with a focus on education about the anatomy of the inner core, how to use the diaphragm (for breathing), as well as abs, back and pelvic floor muscles to assist with reducing/eliminating/preventing pelvic floor dysfunction. The role a physical therapist plays in the evaluation and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction will also be discussed as well as when people should seek additional services from a physician.

Newcomb, PT, DPT, is a licensed physical therapist employed with St. Francis and HPRC since 2016. She graduated with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2014 from the University of North Dakota. A member of the American Physical Therapy Association, her clinical specialties include outpatient orthopedics and pelvic floor rehabilitation. She has received specialized training for pelvic floor rehabilitation through the Herman and Wallace Institute.

About St. Francis Hospital

St. Francis Hospital, a part of LifePoint Health, is a 376-bed facility that offers a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency room services and is the only area hospital offering open-heart surgery. With more than 2,500 employees, 500 physicians and the latest technology, we strive to help you regain and maintain your health. Our overriding goal is to provide you with the best possible care. For more information, visit www.mystfrancis.com.

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