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Pelvic Health

Post-Partum…Now What?

Your main focus throughout the post-partum period should be protecting your body. In general, this includes but is not limited to your pelvic organs, pelvic floor musculature, fascia surround pelvic inlet, and abdominal wall/cavity. Pelvic floor dysfunction is common postpartum. Signs and symptoms that need to be addressed include: urinary or fecal incontinence, pelvic pain, diastasis recti, pelvic organ prolapse. Whether you had a vaginal or cesarean birth pelvic floor dysfunction can occur. If you experience any of the above symptoms do not hesitate to contact a pelvic floor physical therapist. It is fair to guess that you’ll probably have…

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Prenatal Tips For Feeling Good

Low back pain, hip pain, pubic symphysis dysfunction, and diastasis recti are very common during pregnancy. Changes in your body such as normal weight gain, the hormone relaxin causing hypermobility in your ligaments, and postural changes can all be related to pain and dysfunction during pregnancy. Pubic symphysis dysfunction is characterized by pelvic pain and increased mobility of your pelvis and has been reported to affect 31% of pregnant women. Diastasis recti is a characterized by the rectus abdominis muscle separating during and after pregnancy. It is important that you alter your daily activities and exercise habits to protect both…

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Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know about Going to the Bathroom (Part 2)

Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know about Going to the Bathroom

Last week we looked at some guidelines for what might be considered “normal” bladder habits. Today we will cover some guidelines for healthy bowel habits. Norms: The average adult will have 1-3 bowel movements per day or 5-9 per week. Consistency of bowel movement should be firm and formed into logs. Should occur with ease – no straining necessary – and only take a couple of minutes You go less frequently: a) You could be constipated. Mild constipation can occur for numerous reasons including deviating from your normal routine (ever been backed up on vacation??). If this persists though, try…

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Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know about Going to the Bathroom (Part 1)

Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know about Going to the Bathroom

As a pelvic floor therapist, I often receive questions from patients about what is “normal” when it comes to bladder and bowel habits. Well, there are no firm rules, but here are some general rules of thumb to keep in mind when nature calls. Bladder Norms: Most adults urinate about 6-9 times each day and 0-1 times each night. The average adult bladder holds about 2 cups of urine during the day (~350 mL) and up to 4 cups at night (~800 mL). Most people have an urge to urinate when there is about 200 mL of fluid in the…

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The Big Deal with DR (Diastasis Recti)

The Big Deal with DR (Diastasis Recti) | Blog

Last year, Diastasis Recti (DR) made a big splash in the news when NPR covered a story on an exercise to flatten the “mummy tummy”. While it is common for pregnant women to experience diastasis recti during pregnancy (some studies state as many as 100% of women will experience DR during their pregnancy), even those who have never been pregnant can be affected by this orthopedic condition. What is DR anyway? DR is a separation of the rectus abdominis muscle (superficial abdominal muscle) from the central connective tissue called the linea alba. The degree of separation of the muscles, sometimes…

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Redcord will Help you Move Better and Speed Up your Return to Optimal Function

Redcord Neurac Unit | Blog

When clients walk into our clinic, they often ask us, “What are those red cords and straps hanging from the ceiling?” They may look a little scary, but the system hanging from our ceiling is called Redcord. What is Redcord? Redcord is a unique treatment approach that uses one’s own body weight to restore proper neuromuscular control and functional stability for daily activities and sports. What makes it special is that you exercise while suspended from “red cords” that hang from the ceiling. These cords consist of a series of bungees, slings, handles and ropes suspended over a treatment table….

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Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Post-Partum

Pelvic Health Physical Therapy | Blog

Oliver is one month old! That is crazy to even think about. We are both doing great! He has gained 2 lbs and is the light of our lives. I am happy to report that I am feeling great physically (and mentally). My stitches have all healed and I do not have any of the signs or symptoms that would warrant me to be extra careful. This doesn’t mean I can start back at Orange Theory Fitness, but it does mean I can get an exam from a pelvic health physical therapist and start increasing my exercises. I have started…

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Swim Across America

Swim Across America

On Saturday, September 22nd, 2018, the Functionize Health and Physical Therapy team will be participating in the 32nd annual Swim Across America (SAA) event. Swim Across America is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that began in 1987 in Nantucket, MA. Since its inception, SAA has managed to raise over $75 million dollars for cancer research and treatment and hosts 18 open water events and over 100 pool swims annually. You can more about SAA’s mission and history here: Swim Across America Our team will be participating in the Atlanta SAA event hosted at Lake Lanier Islands. As a participant, you have the…

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Pelvic Pain Awareness Month

Pelvic Pain | Blog

May is officially Pelvic Pain Awareness Month as of 2017! As a pelvic health physical therapist that treats pelvic pain regularly, I am incredibly happy that this is out and open to the public eye. Pelvic pain affects both women and men of all ages. As most of you know, my mother is a gynecologist. She says that about 10-15 of her patients have a diagnosis of pelvic pain on a weekly basis. Pelvic pain presents differently for every individual. “Googling” pelvic pain and the signs and symptoms is not helpful due to the overwhelming amount of answers you will…

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Pilates with a Physical Therapist will Help You Get Better Faster

Reformer Pilates

Pilates is a type of exercise designed to enhance strength, flexibility, balance, posture, and coordination. It is suitable for a wide range of people regardless of age, experience or condition. At Functionize Health & Physical Therapy, we offer one-on-one Pilates with a Physical Therapist that’s also a Certified STOTT Pilates Instructor. Some clients solely use Pilates as their preferred exercise method but for most, Pilates is used in addition to other Physical Therapy treatments. When Pilates is instructed by a Physical Therapist, it is called Clinical Pilates. When it is instructed by a fitness professional that is also a Pilates…

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