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How Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Helps Fecal Incontinence

In Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction by Nicole DavisLeave a Comment

  By Nicole Davis   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, …

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Reducing perineal trauma during labor and delivery

In Female Pelvic Pain, Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by 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 Rehabilitation by 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 has …

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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 Pain by 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 …

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Understanding Pelvic Floor Movement

In Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation, Stress Urinary Incontinence by Katie Hunter3 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 Incontinence by Britt Van Hees1 Comment

  By Britt Van Hees “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 …

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Diaphragmatic breathing, pelvic pain, peeing and pooping

In Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Stress Urinary Incontinence by Nicole Davis2 Comments

  By Nicole Davis   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 …

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Sitting on painful fascia: connective tissue and pelvic pain

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by Ciel Yogis4 Comments

  By Ciel Yogis   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 Pain by 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 Incontinence by Jandra MuellerLeave a Comment

  By Jandra Mueller   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 …

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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 Rehabilitation by 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 …

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Chew on This: Diet and Your Pelvic Floor

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

  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, …

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Kegel What?

In Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation, Stress Urinary Incontinence by Britt Van Hees3 Comments

  By Britt Van Hees   The Kegel, the black box of the exercise world.   Are you really doing it right?     In today’s post we are going to review some simple exercises to help get to know the pelvic floor muscles. Now, I strongly recommend going through my past post “Exercises for Short/Tight Pelvic Floor” first. Generally …

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Jagged Little Pill: How Oral Contraceptives Wreak Havoc on the Female Body

In Female Pelvic Pain, Stress Urinary Incontinence, Vulvodynia by Joshua Gonzalez, MD7 Comments

    By Joshua Gonzalez, MD   The advent of oral birth control pills in the 1960s was heralded as a huge victory for women’s rights.  Finally, women could take control of their bodies and their fertility.  Since then, oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) have become ubiquitous in reproductive aged women with nearly 10 million women today using The Pill as …

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A Mesh of a Situation

In Female Pudendal Neuralgia, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation, Stress Urinary Incontinence by Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer7 Comments

  By Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer   In May 2015 a Delaware jury ordered Boston Scientific, a medical device company, to pay a woman $100 million for pain complications following vaginal mesh placement for treatment of pelvic organ prolapse. A few months prior to that a Texas woman was awarded $73 million for similar complications. Some think that these cases are just …

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What is GYROTONIC®?

In Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by pelv_admin7 Comments

    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 …