Postpartum 101 – Part 1

2020-04-07T12:17:22-04:00July 25th, 2019|Women's Health, Pelvic Floor|

A series for all moms! This is the first of a series about postpartum recovery, some issues that may arise from pregnancy or childbirth, and a handbook to knowing what is normal and when to seek help. Okay, ladies, let’s go back to school! Motherhood is a wild and crazy adventure, and the very beginning of the adventure is definitely the most confusing. The market is flooded with information on what happens to the baby immediately postpartum, but very little [...]

Oh Baby! Common Pregnancy Conditions and What Physical Therapists Can Do To Help

2020-04-07T12:24:45-04:00June 10th, 2018|Physical Therapy, Women's Health, Pelvic Floor|

Dr. Anisha Drake, PT, DPT, WCS Many of the structures in the body change during pregnancy. As the ligaments stretch, the rectus abdominis muscles split, the organs get moved around, and the brain is finding new and efficient ways to move the body. In the past, much of the complaints pregnant women had during pregnancy were given a sympathetic nod and a promise it would get better. However, new research shows that this is not always the case. Although discomfort [...]

Saddle Stress: A Female Cyclist’s Guide to Saddle Fitting

2018-08-03T21:56:41-04:00May 24th, 2018|Physical Therapy, Women's Health, Pelvic Floor, Cyclists|

I spend a lot of my time around cyclists, and the most common complaint I hear from my friends, clients, and patients is saddle pain. Some have given in, resigning themselves to a life of painful riding because they were once told to “suck it up, because all saddles are painful”. Some have significantly reduced how much they ride, or stopped riding entirely. For women getting back on the bike after having a baby, or trying to start cycling for [...]

The Importance of Play

2020-04-07T11:31:50-04:00January 18th, 2018|Physical Therapy, Physical Therapists, Information, Sports Medicine, Pelvic Floor, Wellness, Performance Enhancement|

Chloe Murdock PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS We’re two weeks into January, and gyms are bursting with people eager to keep their New Year’s resolutions. But how many of these people will be so zealously hammering away on the Stair Master in July? Becoming and staying active is very hard in our sedentary society, often because it becomes just another task on our “To Do” list. Adding one hour of exercise per day can cut into our social lives and time [...]

Pesky Pelvic Floor

2017-12-20T10:44:38-05:00December 20th, 2017|Physical Therapy, Information, Women's Health, Pelvic Floor, Wellness|

When we learn about our body we tend to focus on certain muscles, and not realize other muscles exist. Today we are going to highlight the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is the muscle on the bottom of your core. It is charge of supporting your back, organs and sending important messages to your brain. The pelvic floor comes in three layers. The first layer is for sensation, when working correctly helps with orgasm and some continence control. When tight [...]

The Role of the Pelvic Floor Muscles in Common Orthopedic Complaints

2020-04-07T12:23:43-04:00May 1st, 2015|Physical Therapy, Pelvic Floor|

The pelvic floor muscles (PFM) refer to a group of muscles inside the pelvis running from the pubic bone to the tailbone and sides of the pelvis. These muscles are most famous for their sphincteric role—meaning they hold back urine and stool. What many people do not realize, however, is that the pelvic floor muscles have other equally important functions. The PFM also work with ligaments and fascia to support the organs of the pelvis, play a crucial role in [...]

What is Pudendal Neuralgia?

2018-12-03T19:37:53-05:00September 5th, 2013|Physical Therapy, Physical Therapists, Pudendal Neuralgia, Women's Health, Pelvic Floor, Pain Management|

Pudendal neuralgia is a type of long-term (chronic) pelvic pain that originates from damage or irritation of the pudendal nerve. The pudendal nerve is one of the main nerves in the pelvis, supplying areas such as the: lower buttocks area between the buttocks and genitals (perineum) area around the back passage (rectum) vulva, labia, and clitoris in women scrotum and penis in men Pudendal neuralgia can be very uncomfortable and distressing, but help is available and there are several treatments [...]

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