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I.C.

Posted by Anne on October 13, 1998 at 20:45:51:

Dear Dr. Stoll,
Since I have written to you last, I have been going to a biofeedback therapist. She knows of my problem with I.C. and is working with me to help relax my entire body. From what she says, she seems to be in-line with a lot of what you have taught me on your website. I am going to her once a week, and what I thought would just be a couple of visits has turned into weekly visits where I am listening to a relaxation tape and she is doing biofeedback with me. (Quite expensive...is this unnecessary?) Even though she is doing this, I am still unsure of whether what I am doing in between sessions (the tape 2x/day) is an "effective" technique for me? Some days I feel a whole lot better, but there are still days that I do not. I do realize this takes some time, however. Also, when I am doing my tape, sometimes I try to concentrate on relaxing the muscles controlling my bladder, but feel I am still unsuccessful at doing this. Should I only concentrate on the other muscles in my body right now? Maybe it's too early to be doing this. I feel this only gets me frustrated.

I am encouraged by what I am reading about I.C. and skilled relaxation on this website!! I only hope I am taking the right steps and doing things correctly so I can get relief!


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Re: I.C.

Posted by Walt Stoll on October 14, 1998 at 08:31:10:

In Reply to: I.C. posted by Anne on October 13, 1998 at 20:45:51:

Dear Anne,

The reasons I have recommended the approach that I have, for gaining the skill of skilled relaxation, is that less than 1% of people need extended biofeedback training to achieve this goal. You might review the archives & FAQ page about this. If you have a copy of my book look under "Tools for Transformation".

It only takes a few weeks to make this skill your own. It is the resolution of your problem (once that skill is being regularly practiced) that takes 6-12 months.

By now, surely, your biofeedback instructor KNOWS which approaches work best for you. You should just be doing that at home at least twice a day for 20 minutes.

It is OK for you to try focusing on your levator ani but that will take care of itself if you do the other.

More questions?

Walt




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