Pelic Floor Health and Awareness Resources This is the annotated bibiography I give out at my professional developement workshops for Feldenkrais practitioners and others. In addition you can find a number of articles and interviews on pelvic health and awareness and the Feldenkrais Method on this website.
Pelic Floor Health and Awareness Resources
This is the annotated bibiography I give out at my professional developement workshops for Feldenkrais practitioners and others.
In addition you can find a number of articles and interviews on pelvic health and awareness and the Feldenkrais Method on this website.
Improving pelvic floor function with the Feldenkrais Method,
Comprehensive and annotated reading list 2009. Updated 2012.
Bø, Kari, Berghmans, B, Mørkved, S, Van Kampen, M. Evidence Based Physical Therapy for the Pelvic Floor. Elsevier, Toronto, 2007. These editors are some of the leading experts in the pelvic floor. This book is a goldmine for learning about research on the pelvic floor and it's clinical applications.
Blaivas, Jerry G. MD. Conquering Bladder and Prostate Problems. Perseus Publishing, Cambridge Massachusetts, 1998. Written by a urologist, it's an authoritative book covering men's and women's issues. There's useful anatomical, physiological and medical information, especially about the prostate. The author is a surgeon so it's very positive about surgical solutions for incontinence and prolapse.
Brill, Peggy W. with Couzens, Gerald S. The Core Program, 15 minutes a day that can change your life. Bantam Books, New York City, 2001. A cheery presentation by a PT of an exercise program to strengthen the core muscles and feel better all around. I've tried the exercise routine, it works and you can get ideas for home program ATMs.
Calais-Germain, Blandine. Anatomy of Breathing. Eastland Press, Seattle, 2007. Another beautiful book from this author. The illustrations and information about the diaphragm and breathing system are clear and useful for any pelvic floor study.
Calais-Germain, Blandine. Anatomy of Movement. Eastland Press, Seattle, 1993. This anatomy book has clear descriptions and illustrations of functional movements. Clear illustrations of the deep muscles of the pelvic floor and hips and their actions.
Calais-Germain, Blandine. The Female Pelvis. Eastland Press, Seattle, 2003. This anatomy and functional exercise book has beautiful illustrations of a women's pelvis in detail. Easy for your students to understand. There is valuable information about the birth process and intelligent whole body exercises for the pelvic floor. This book has essential information about the function of the pelvic floor and diaphragm. Buy this one. Also available in French, The Perinee Feminen.
Carriere, Beate. Fitness for the Pelvic Floor. Georg Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart, Germany, 2002. Written by a Physical Therapist for medical professionals. A comprehensive exercise program with clear explanation of relevant anatomy and physiology. Feldenkrais Practitioners will get many ideas for developing Awareness through Movement lessons to engage the pelvic floor and increase awareness.
Dorey, Grace. Pelvic Dysfunction in Men Diagnosis and Treatment of Male Incontinence and Erectile Dysfunction. John Wiley and Sons, Chichester, UK, 2006. This the primary textbook if you want to understand male pelvic dysfunctions, their impact and conventional treatment. She presents and assesses the available research evidence of the effectiveness of pelvic floor exercises for men - including her own research how pelvic floor exercises are as effective as Viagra for ED.
Franklin, Eric Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery. Human Kinetics, Champagne, Illinois, 1996. I found this helpful for improving the use of imagery in teaching. Mr. Franklin is a dancer and has many novel images for different types of expressive and functional movement including those for the use of the pelvic floor.
Franklin, Eric. Pelvic Power: mind/body exercises for strength, flexibility, posture and balance for men and women. Princeton Book Company, Hightstown, New Jersey, 2003. Another great book from Mr. Franklin with detailed and specific imagery, anatomy and function of the pelvic floor, in relation to the whole body. Also available in Geman Beckenboden Power: Das dynamische Training fur sie und ihm, Kösel-Verlag, München, 2002.
Garbourg, Paula. The Secret of the Ring Muscles. Paula Garbourg Institute, Florida, 1997. This book describes the synergistic relationship between all of the sphincters with an exercise program to improve health.
Goldberg, Roger. Ever Since I Had My Baby. Three Rivers Press, New York 2003. An OB-GYN explains common post reproductive problems. It's a medical approach, but with clear information and some self help suggestions.
Hulme, Janet. Beyond Kegels. Phoenix Publishing, Missoula Montana, 2003. Written by a Physical Therapist for patients with pelvic floor dysfunction, particularly incontinence, she describes a comprehensive self care program of exercise, breathing and relaxation. She presents a synergistic movement approach more in the style of Feldenkrais than other authors.
Hulme, Janet. Men After 50: Now What?, A Handbook for Self Care and Treatment. Phoenix Publishing, Missoula Montana, 2010. A self-help type book for the public. Has good general information for men, with some basic ideas for exercises.
Hulme, Janet. Pelvic Pain and Low Back Pain, A Handbook for Self Care and Treatment. Phoenix Publishing, Missoula Montana, 2002. A lot of clinical information from a Physical Therapist who's an expert in this area. It includes sample assessment forms, voiding diaries, and examples of treatment programs. Not so easy to read, I find it sometimes confusing and repetitive, but the chapters on the anatomy of chronic pain could be helpful. I wouldn't recommend this for the public.
Jemmett, Rick. Spinal Stabilization. The new science of back pain 2nd edition. Novont Health Publishing, Halifax, Canada, 2003. This book is useful for understanding the relationship between back pain and pelvic floor system dysfunction, and ways to improve. The first part of the book covers anatomy and spinal stabilization.
Kent, Christine Ann. Saving the Whole Women, Natural alternatives to surgery for pelvic organ prolase and urinary incontinence. Bridgeworks, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2003. I loved this book although it may empower some and anger others. She's very passionate about the subject inspired by her own experience and argues for alternative approaches. This is the only place I've found with explicit details of gynecological-urological surgeries for prolapse and hysterectomy, presented to help women make truly informed decisions.
Lee, Diane. The Pelvic Girdle 3rd Edition. Elsevier, Toronto, 2004. A great basic reference textbook for anyone interested in understanding and learning about the pelvic floor and related parts. Diane Lee is a leading physical therapist expert in back and pelvic pain and dysfunction.
Marshall, Robert. Living Anatomy. Melbourne University Press, South Victoria, Australia, 2001. A good general reference book on functional anatomy, surprisingly informed by the surgery practice of the author. It's an easy and interesting read with lots of stories to clarify the anatomy and relate it to function. Read this for specifics on pelvic fascia. Feldenkrais Teachers in Australia introduced this book to us.
Richardson, C, Hodges, P, Hides, J. Therapeutic exercise for lumbopelvic stabilization. A motor control approach for the treatment and prevention of low back pain. Churchill Livingstone, Toronto, 1989. These leading researchers from Australia present the science behind spinal stabilization with many applications for pelvic issues.
Schultz, R. Louis. Out in the Open: The Complete Male Pelvis. North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, 1999. Written by a Rolfer, it covers male pelvic anatomy and function. I found the information helpful in understanding the pelvis from a Rolfing and man's perspective.
Stein, Amy. Heal Pelvic Pain. McGraw-Hill, New York, 2009. Add this one to your library. It's a good reference for 'natural treatment' of pelvic pain. Written by a physical therapist and expert in this area.
Stewart, Elizabeth. The V Book. Bantam Books, New York, 2002. A thorough reference book that includes clearly what every woman needs to know about 'down there'.
Vierck, Elizabeth. 7 Steps to Normal Bladder Control. Harbor Press, Gig Harbor, Washington, 1998. The kind of book a medical office might give out. Nothing new or special, just clear info about standard approaches for staying dry.
Wise, David and Anderson, Rodney. A Headache in the Pelvis 3rd Edition: a new understanding and treatment for prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndromes. National Center for Pelvic Pain Research, Occidental, California, 2003. A biopsychosocial model for treating pelvic pain in men and women. Their treatment program includes internal and external trigger point massage, simple exercises and psychological techniques.
Choi, Heejung, Palmer, MH, Par, Jeongok. Meta-analysis of Pelvic Floor Muscle Training, Randomized controlled trials in Incontinent Women. Nursing Research. 2007: July/Aug: 56(4) 226-234. The title says what it is.
Perry, John D. and Hullett, Leslie T., The Bastardization of Dr. Kegel's Exercises, www.incontinent.com/articles, 1988. Information about Dr. Kegel's work and how it has been interpreted.
Prendergast, Stephanie and Weiss, Jerome, Screening for musculoskeletal causes of pelvic pain, Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2003: 46 (4): A clinical view of musculoskeletal problems of the pelvis. Useful information about the interrelationship of muscles, nerves, bones and fascia in the region.
Sapsford, Ruth. Rehabilitation of pelvic floor muscles utilizing trunk stabilization, Manual Therapy. 2004: 9: 3-12. A manual physical therapy approach with information about the functional synergies between the pelvic floor muscles and the abdominal muscles.
Uebersax JS, Wyman JF, Shumaker SA, McClish DK, Fantl JA. Short forms to assess life quality and symptom distress for urinary incontinence in women: the Incontinence Impact Questionnaire and the Urogenital Distress Inventory. Continence Program for Women Research Group. Neurourol Urodyn. 1995: 14(2):131-9.
Copyright, 2009, 2012 Deborah J. Bowes
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