Women’s Health

Scar Mobilization: What you need to know

2020-04-07T12:16:13-04:00January 26th, 2020|Women's Health, Pain Management|

The body is really a phenomenal system that has the unique ability to completely rebuild our tissues when we get injured, biologically stitching our wounds back together. It’s quite amazing! The special cells that lay down the collagen to create a scar do a fantastic job of closing the body off from the unforgiving world. The problem is that the collagen fibers don’t get laid down in a very organized fashion (think of a string of Christmas lights that mysteriously [...]

Postpartum 101 – Part 3

2020-04-07T12:16:42-04:00September 25th, 2019|Women's Health, Pelvic Floor|

Welcome back! We’ve spent the last two blogs introducing the mystical Postpartum period, specifically Diastasis Recti and Stress Urinary Incontinence. Today, we discuss two more issues that you maybe haven’t heard so much about, but that can occur and could cause pain and dysfunction down the line.  Number 3 → Dysfunctional Scar Following a c-section, there will be a scar across the suprapubic region. You can also tear or have an episiotomy during a vaginal birth, which would leave a [...]

Postpartum 101 – Part 2

2020-04-07T12:17:00-04:00August 13th, 2019|Women's Health, Pelvic Floor, Pain Management|

Hello again, ladies! Our last blog on this topic introduced you to postpartum recovery and how Physical Therapists can bridge the disconnect between what we know and what we don’t regarding normal recovery. In this post, we will delve into two conditions that you may have heard of or even experienced before,  how they can affect you, and how to get help.  Number 1→ Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (otherwise known as Diastasis) Diastasis occurs when the rectus abdominis, or the “6 [...]

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 [...]

Oh Baby! What Happened To My Body?

2020-04-07T12:03:34-04:00April 4th, 2018|Physical Therapists, Trigger Point Dry Needling, Women's Health, Pilates, Dry Needling, Wellness|

By Melissa Baudo Marchetti Calling all moms! Have you recently had a baby, or still struggling with post baby pain and weakness? Pregnancy places high demand on the musculoskeletal system and can be very traumatic for some women leaving them with myofascial pain, internal pelvic pain, nerve pain, diastasis recti (a gapping in the abdominal muscles), weakness in the core from a C-section, neck and shoulder pain from holding your newborn baby, and much more. In December, after a five-year [...]

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 End of the Line // Colonic Constipation

2020-04-07T12:25:04-04:00October 18th, 2017|Physical Therapy, Women's Health, Nutrition|

Anisha Drake PT, DPT, MCS Constipation is common but rarely talked about. Many are surprised to hear that physical therapy can actually help with this frustrating condition. Before we talk about how PT can help, here are some quick and dirty facts about the end of the track. Constipation can be caused by medication, hormonal changes and even increased stress. People who are chronically constipated can start to experience depression. Continuous straining leads to hemorrhoids, possible prolapse and fissures.   [...]

Gotta Go!

2020-04-07T12:25:17-04:00August 16th, 2017|Physical Therapy, Information, Women's Health|

Anisha Drake PT, DPT, MCS Have you ever gotten been hit with a feeling of sudden urgency to run to the bathroom. All the sudden you have to drop everything you have in your hands, dodge obstacles on the way to the bathroom and as you close the bathroom door and try to sit on the toilet, you squeeze your legs to make sure nothing comes out? This common pelvic floor dysfunction is called trigger bladder. It is caused [...]