Pelvic Health


Telehealth | Blog

You’re sitting in your living room and glance at the clock: just five minutes until your physical therapy appointment is scheduled to start. You still need to lace up your shoes, grab your wallet, jump in the car and drive 10 miles across town. The walk from the parking alone will take five minutes! How will you ever make it on time? With rapid advances in telehealth technologies, this scenario could soon become a thing of the past—at least for some of your physical therapy visits. Instead of racing out the door, it’s possible that soon you’ll be able to…

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Have you heard of the 4th trimester?

4th Trimester | Postpartum | Blog

As most of you know, 6 months ago I had my little boy Oliver. These past 6 months have been incredible. I have enjoyed every part of motherhood (well, maybe after that first month..haha). As I reminisce on my own pregnancy and postpartum experience, I am thrilled that the “4th trimester “is now a recognized term. Your 1st trimester you are sick and tired, your 2nd trimester you are happy, full of energy, and not that big, and your 3rd trimester you are huge and can’t wait for your little human to enter the world. Well, prior to the term…

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9 Things You Should Know About Pain

Pain | Pain Management | Blog

Pain is output from the brain. While we used to believe that pain originated within the tissues of our body, we now understand that pain does not exist until the brain determines it does. The brain uses a virtual “road map” to direct an output of pain to tissues that it suspects may be in danger. This process acts as a means of communication between the brain and the tissues of the body, to serve as a defense against possible injury or disease. The degree of injury does not always equal the degree of pain. Research has demonstrated that we…

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5 Tips for Creating Good Habits While Toilet Training Your Child

Potty Training | Toilet Training | Motherhood | Blog

Toilet training is an important developmental milestone for children, and is one of the first steps to becoming more self-sufficient. However, toilet training can be challenging for both children and their families. The following tips will help your child create good, lasting habits and avoid future bowel and bladder problems. Wait for it! Typical bowel and bladder development occurs around 18 months of age. Starting toilet training too early can create frustration and lead to poor habits or avoidance of toilet training all together. It can also lead to bowel and bladder problems such as urinary incontinence, bedwetting, urinary tract…

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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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