What do Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants do? What types of conditions do pelvic health physical therapists treat? Where do pelvic health physical therapists practice? Continue Reading
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Vaginal dryness is a common symptom typically resulting from reduced estrogen levels. It can occur during postpartum with breastfeeding, during perimenopause, and after menopause - whether natural or induced from surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation. Continue Reading
The pelvic brace is an isolated tightening of the abdominal muscle called the Transverse Abdominus (TrA). The TrA is a deep muscle in the lower belly. It is important because it stabilizes and supports your body’s trunk, or “core”. Continue Reading
When having a bowel movement, it is helpful to position yourself on the toilet so that poop can leave easily. Typically, sitting using a footstool (a supported or seated squat position) is best, but it varies for different people. Continue Reading
Pain in the anus or rectum is often called rectal pain. There are different types of rectal pain. Functional rectal pain syndromes are caused by spasms of the muscle around the rectum. This muscle is called the levator ani muscle. Continue Reading
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune inflammatory disease where the immune system causes demyelination of the central nervous system. MS is x 3 more common in women and is usually diagnosed between the ages of 20-50 years old. Continue Reading
The goal is to have a bowel movement in a regular pattern. This will vary for everyone. It is normal to have a bowel movement anywhere from 3 per week to 3 per day. The stool (poop) should be soft yet well-formed. It should pass easily without pain. The tips below can help you have regular and easy Continue Reading
Urinary urgency happens when the bladder squeezes when it is not supposed to. This can cause urine leakage or urge urinary incontinence. Urgency can occur for many reasons... Continue Reading
An article for your patients on how to put on a pelvic girdle support belt. Continue Reading
Urinary incontinence (bladder control problems) is any leakage of urine that can occur during the day or night. More than 13 million people in the United States have urinary incontinence. Physical therapists design treatment programs to improve help people gain control over the condition... Continue Reading
As with other pelvic surgeries such as hernia repairs or hysterectomies, radical prostatectomies can be performed with a laparoscopic technique or with an open incision. Continue Reading
Planning to nurse? Health experts agree that breastfeeding is the healthiest option for both mom and baby. Most healthcare experts recommend nursing for the first 6 months of the baby’s life, and then continuing to have breast milk in the baby’s diet for one year. Continue Reading