Note from Liz: I am so grateful to be surrounded by extremely knowledgeable (& gracious) local professionals when it comes to fertility. My contributing guest bloggers today are Joelle Samples (Health Coach & Merciér Therapist) with yinRoot and Dr. Natalie Marshall (Physical Therapist) with Vitalize Physical Therapy.
I have known Joelle for over two years and have recently gotten to know Dr. Natalie this past year. They are each passionate about sharing their knowledge and agreed to co-author a special piece this month for #endometriosisawarenessmonth all about how we can care for our bodies when we are affected by an endometriosis diagnosis (or even if we just suspect that we may have the disease). Enjoy the read and if this strikes a cord with you, don't hesitate to reach out to Joelle or Natalie for more information on working with them.
Endometriosis (aka endo) affects women of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, and body types — endometriosis does not discriminate. Approximately 176 million women worldwide (1 in 10) are impacted by endometriosis, a women’s health issue that occurs when endometrial lining grows outside of the uterine walls. This tissue can grow on organs within the pelvic cavity, such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes and outer walls of the uterus. In addition, it has also been found on other organs like the bladder, rectum, and small and large intestines, leading to urinary and digestive issues. In extremely rare cases, it has also been found on the lungs and in the brain.
When a woman is on her menstrual cycle, the endometrial tissue bleeds and sheds from these different areas causing inflammation, scar tissue, and adhesions. Because endometriosis affects the internal structure of the abdomen and pelvis, the associated muscles, nerves, fascia, blood supply and lymphatic system can be comprised. This can result in reduced mobility, pain, and fertility challenges.
Symptoms of Endometriosis
Endometriosis can look different from woman to woman based on to the severity of her diagnosis. Women may experience one or all of the symptoms listed below; in rare cases, she may not experience any of these symptoms.
Holistic Ways to Manage your Endometriosis Diagnosis
Creating a team of like-minded practitioners that are dedicated to addressing the root cause of endometriosis, is key to managing the symptoms. While endometriosis may never completely go away, in our experience, many women that implement these recommendations live with little to no symptoms at all.
If you suspect you have endometriosis, and you are looking for support in the Indianapolis area, we would love to connect!
About Joelle Samples
After receiving her Bachelor of Science from Ball State University, Joelle went on to receive training as a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Merciér Therapist. As a Women’s Health & Fertility Coach, Joelle works with her clients to address the root cause of their fertility and menstrual cycle challenges. She provides guidance, education, support and encouragement as the woman seeks a more gentle approach to care. You can learn more about Joelle, her personal story, and the services she offers at yinRoot.com.
About Dr. Natalie Marshall
Natalie is a pelvic and orthopedic physical therapist helping women and men live, work, and play free of pain and embarrassment. She combines her passion for unconventional therapy with her extensive professional training, making a great blend of “east meets west” physical therapy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a Doctorate degree from Belmont University and continues to take speciality courses. You can learn more about Natalie and her practice at vitalizeindy.com.
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