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Foam Rolling for Pelvic Pain Relief

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By: Courtney Edgecomb, DPT, PHRC Los Angeles The very first time I came across a foam roller was in high school when I went to physical therapy for back pain. At that time, the main product was simply a long, circular white piece of soft foam. It wasn’t special but it certainly helped me continue playing soccer without pain. Fast …

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The Ankle Bone is Connected to the Pelvic Floor Muscle Function

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By: Shannon Pacella, DPT, PHRC Lexington With Halloween just occuring, I had been seeing skeleton decorations everywhere and it got me thinking about anatomy. Cue the ‘Dem Bones’ song we sang as kids – “the knee bones connected to the thigh bone, the thigh bones connected to the hip bone,” the ankle bones connected to the pelvic floor…wait, I didn’t …

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What is Red Cord Physical Therapy?

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  By Sarah Court, PT, DPT, e-RYT   Traditionally, the thinking around how to approach low back and pelvic girdle pain has had a singular approach: find the ‘tight’ muscle and stretch it, and then find the ‘weak’ muscle and make it stronger.   While it’s true that muscular tone imbalances can and do create the kind of postural disequilibrium …

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Posture Revisited: Sitting and the Pelvic Floor

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Photo via Joe Loong via Flickr In previous entries, Britt beautifully took us through all things posture (Posture and the Pelvis Part One and Part Deux). Here are some important takeaways from her posts to consider as we explore how sitting may affect your pelvic floor:   The diaphragm, trunk (back extensors, transversus abdominis, obliques, etc.) and pelvic floor muscles are …

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Posture and the Pelvis: Part Deux

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    “Share the load” – Samwise Gamgee “It’s all about the base ” – Meghan Trainor “Drop it like it’s hot” – Snoop Dogg   Some different quotes from last time, but after reading today’s post you’ll understand how Samwise, Ms. Trainor and Dr. Dogg are all talking about posture and the pelvis, and they didn’t even know it.   …

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Posture and the Pelvis: Part One

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By Admin “In all nature structure determines function” – William Herbert Sheldon, father of somatotyping “Form and function are a unity, two sides of a coin” – Ida P. Rolf, biochemist and fascial genius “Conjunction junction, what’s your function?” – Schoolhouse Rock, how us 30+s learnt grammar   Structure and function are intricately connected. Our posture is the structure in …

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What is GYROTONIC®?

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    What is GYROTONIC®? When I first heard a colleague talk about gyrotonic about 4 years ago, I was like “GYRO WHAT? To me it sounded like some form of geriatric exercise, so I asked her more about this type of exercise and she gave me the low down. ‘Gyro’ in greek actually means spiral or circle, and tonic …

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Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner! Proper Body Mechanics for Parents

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  By  Melinda Fontaine, DPT Having a baby is like running a marathon with your pelvic floor and pelvic girdle muscles. Did you know that: 65% of women who had low back or pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy reported persitent symptoms 14 months after delivery1 20 -70 % of new moms experience stress urinary incontinence 2 24% of women still experience …