Physical Therapy Gets Wrestler Back In The Ring

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Physical Therapy Gets Wrestler Back In The Ring
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Gets Wrestler Back in the Ring

Leo Napier of Flint refuses to lose a match. He has survived three strokes, several bouts with cancer, incontinence and becoming legally blind, all the while continuing his passion of wrestling. In the ring, Leo is known as “Father Time,” so he likes to think of himself as ageless. His health may have waivered over the years, but his attitude certainly has not.

was wearing Depends and using pads on my bed and leaking through everything,” shared Leo. “When we initially met, she explained what therapy would involve, and I admit, I thought she was crazy. She explained how my anatomy is supposed to work and then she taught me how to do Kegel exercises to strengthen my pelvic floor muscles. The next step was to begin working out with weights and exercise equipment. I began seeing progress. One morning I woke up completely dry, and I started believing in the process.”

Lisa has specialized training and several years of experience helping men and women with pelvic health issues such as bowel or bladder leakage, pelvic pain, constipation and pregnancy-related pain.

“Lisa has been encouraging, and I know she is passionate about helping her patients,” said Leo. “What really has made an impression on me is that she is thinking about the moves I do in the ring and is incorporating them into my physical therapy workouts.”

Leo was able to get back in the ring in April and invited Lisa and his oncologist to join him at his first match of the season. He wanted to share his message of overcoming cancer and incontinence by publicly recognizing the clinicians who helped him get back to the sport he loves.

KNOWING WHEN YOU MAY BENEFIT FROM PELVIC PHYSICAL THERAPY

If pelvic floor muscles are not working correctly, there can be problems that interfere with daily activities. If you are experiencing any of the issues listed here, you may benefit from pelvic physical therapy.

  • You leak urine when you do not want to
  • You strain when having bowel movements.
  • You have trouble getting to the toilet on time.
  • You get up more than two times during the night to go to the bathroom.
  • You have strong, sudden urges to urinate.
  • You feel constipated.
  • Your tailbone hurts.
  • You feel an urge to have a bowel movement but lose the urge when you sit on the toilet.
  • You have diarrhea that you cannot hold in.
  • You experience pelvic pain
  • You use laxatives regularly.
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