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!
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:
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.