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Gotta Go Right Now: Urinary Urgency Explained

In Female Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome, Stress Urinary Incontinence, Urinary urgencyby Melinda FontaineLeave a Comment

By: Melinda Fontaine You know that feeling when you just drank the equivalent to a big gulp and you haven’t had a bathroom break in over four hours. That sensation of your body telling you to get to the bathroom ASAP is called “urgency.” In case you wonder if urgency and the frequent need to urinate are common problems, look …

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Recovery After Rectocele Repair and How Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Helps

In Female Pelvic Pain, Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Pelvic Organ Prolapseby Sigourney CrossLeave a Comment

By: Sigourney Cross A rectocele, also known as a posterior wall prolapse, is one of the main types of pelvic organ prolapse (POP). As explained in some of our prior posts, a POP occurs when tissue and muscles can no longer support the pelvic organs and they drop down. For a review of the main types of POP you can …

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Stress Urinary Incontinence in Athletes: Why You Leak When You Exercise

In Stress Urinary Incontinenceby Lisa ThompsonLeave a Comment

By: Lis Thompson You may have heard murmurings at practice, the gym, in yoga, or maybe you’ve got your own experiences to share, of people describing incidences of urine loss while exercising. This is called Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) and is described as a loss of urine associated with a stress to the body causing increased intra-abdominal pressure, such as …

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How Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Helps Fecal Incontinence

In Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunctionby pelv_adminLeave a Comment

  Loss of bowels can be quite alarming considering a recent systematic review revealed that nearly 7.7% of community adults, with no difference in gender, have fecal incontinence.2 Fecal incontinence is defined as an uncontrolled loss of stool and can have significant implications on one’s physical and psychological well being. It is associated with social isolation, anxiety, loss of employment and …

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Reducing perineal trauma during labor and delivery

In Female Pelvic Pain, Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Healthby Stephanie Prendergast2 Comments

  By Stephanie Prendergast   Who doesn’t love a crowning baby cake? If our image didn’t catch your eye the title of this post probably did if you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant. Last week we presented a pelvic health quiz about the role of the pelvic floor muscles play in childbirth. This week we share the answers …

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Pelvic floor physical therapy helps men after prostatectomy

In Male Pelvic Pain, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitationby Melinda Fontaine2 Comments

    By Melinda Fontaine   What would men’s health month be without a blog about prostate cancer? One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. Will this number be affected by the recent change in the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s change in recommendations on screening for prostate cancer? What happens when a man …

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Brace yourselves: protecting your pelvic floor during CrossFit and loaded exercise

In Female Pelvic Pain, Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Male Pelvic Painby pelv_admin2 Comments

  If you are a male and either currently participate in CrossFit workouts or another form of Olympic weightlifting, and have developed one or more of these symptoms: perineum pain with sitting, lower abdominal pain with intense activity or ejaculation, testicular pain that radiates to the abdomen or the vice versa, and urinary hesitancy with urgency and frequency, this blog …

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Understanding Pelvic Floor Movement

In Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation, Stress Urinary Incontinenceby Katie Hunter4 Comments

  By Katie Hunter   Drop, push, bulge, squeeze.  These words are used regularly when talking about pelvic floor function but what do they actually mean?   We often talk about how the pelvic floor muscles become dysfunctional and can cause daily symptoms of pelvic pain, bladder and bowel urgency and frequency, incontinence, prolapse, and sexual dysfunction. Today, I would …

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Posture and the Pelvis: Part One

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Stress Urinary Incontinenceby pelv_admin1 Comment

  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 …

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Diaphragmatic breathing, pelvic pain, peeing and pooping

In Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Stress Urinary Incontinenceby pelv_admin4 Comments

  Diaphragmatic breathing aka deep belly breathing – how is that an exercise? Many of my patients are surprised when I prescribe and emphasize diaphragmatic breathing in their home exercise programs. Historically, they have associated physical therapy and/or exercise with strengthening, stretching or the need to get the heart rate up. However, with the pelvic floor muscles, especially for patients …

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Sitting on painful fascia: connective tissue and pelvic pain

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitationby Kristin Leli4 Comments

    By: Admin   If you’ve recently been to your physical therapist, massage therapist, personal trainer, or body worker and heard the words “fascia” and “manipulation” in the same sentence, you are not alone. Fascia has become quite the buzzword for treating everything from chronic neck pain, ACL repair surgery, plantar fasciitis, and yes—even pelvic floor dysfunction. But what …

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Tech-ual Arousal: The Future of Technology and Sexual Health

In Female Pelvic Pain, Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Male Pelvic Painby Rachel Gelman1 Comment

  By Rachel Gelman   We live in a different time. I remember when chat rooms and meeting people from the internet was the plot line for a Lifetime movie. Now, we get in cars driven by strangers and fall in love via sophisticated algorithms and profile pictures. What a time to be alive! It is pretty apparent that technology …

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Diastasis Recti: Closing The Gap Between Research and Function

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health, Stress Urinary Incontinenceby pelv_adminLeave a Comment

By Admin   During pregnancy and the postpartum period, many women suffer from both functional and cosmetic issues caused from the widening of the abdominal wall from stretch and pressure generated from the growing uterus. This stretching can result in a separation of the rectus abdominis muscle, known as a diastasis recti (DR).  Diastasis recti occur in approximately 66% of …

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Is your internal thermometer working correctly? Persisting pain and your thyroid

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitationby pelv_adminLeave a Comment

As a physical therapist specializing in pelvic floor disorders, specifically pelvic pain, I have noticed a strong correlation between chronic pain, the thyroid, and the endocrine system. I wanted to explore what hormonal imbalances can do to chronic pain. I won’t go into too much detail about persistent pain here,  instead please refer to the blog post Pain as the …

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Chew on This: Diet and Your Pelvic Floor

In Female Pelvic Pain, Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Male Pelvic Painby Rachel Gelman2 Comments

  By Rachel Gelman   When I was younger, the phrase “You are what you eat,” totally confused me. Doughnuts are so delicious and sweet, therefore if I eat a half dozen of glazed old fashioned doesn’t that mean that I would also be sweet and highly desirable? Obviously, I now know that my logic as a kid was inaccurate, …