What to Expect at a Men’s Health PT Appointment
When dealing with pelvic floor discomfort, dysfunction or disorder, a pelvic health physical therapist can help you regain physical function, alleviate pain and improve your quality of life.
What is Men’s Health?
The concept of men’s health physical therapy is still relatively new and poorly understood. Like women, men can suffer from a wide range of pelvic floor symptoms when the muscles become dysfunctional, weak, tight, or injured. Pelvic floor specialists can help men overcome these types of life-altering conditions.
Pregnancy / Postpartum and the Pelvic Floor
Most women have heard that they should do “kegels” during and after pregnancy. A kegel is a contraction of the pelvic floor muscles. These muscles get a lot of press related to pregnancy because of the important role they play in supporting the pelvic girdle through all the hormonal and mechanical changes that occur in […]
Movement for Mommas: Post-Partum Examination
It’s about a healthy baby, and now a healthy you Our therapists are passionate about post-partum care. Your body goes through a lot before, during, and after pregnancy. We are here to help you understand and navigate the changes in your body so that you can get back to your optimal function. We have developed […]
The Core of the Issue – The Pelvic Floor and Incontinence
Do you experience incontinence or low back pain? To understand how to treat these two conditions, and get to the “core of the issue,” we must understand the importance of anatomy of the pelvis, lumbar spine, and internal organs. The pelvic girdle is a complex ring of joints, ligaments, and muscles. The three main bones […]
What is Pelvic Pain?
Pelvic pain is any pain internally/externally over pelvis and genital areas. The pain can be attributed to several different causes such as pregnancies, surgery, infection, abuse and possibly no cause. Pain is usually attributed to tightness or hypertonic muscles of the pelvic floor. 1 of 7 American Women ages 18-50 experience pelvic pain and 61% […]
Pre and Post-Partum Rehabilitation: How Physical Therapy Can Help You Bounce Back
Movement for Mommas! The pelvic floor and abdominals go through a lot before, during, and after pregnancy and will affect the way we move throughout the day. Working with a pelvic health specialist during and after pregnancy can help you in returning to your optimal function and get you back to doing everything busy moms […]
What is a “Kegel” Exercise?
Provided by the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Kegel exercises are named after the first physician to describe this contraction. A Kegel is a contraction of your pelvic floor muscles (often referred to in the media as the PC, or pubococcygeus muscle) and is more accurately called a “pelvic […]
What Muscles Make Up Your Inner Core, and Why Do They Matter?
To really strengthen your core properly, it is incredibly helpful to understand what muscles make up the core. Most know of the muscle that makes up the coveted “six-pack,” and many know of the obliques, but… what else is there? Think of your INNER CORE as a pop can, and all of these muscles work […]
Pregnancy Exercises: Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor, Core & Posture
There are many benefits to exercising while pregnant. Regular exercise during pregnancy will help you stay in shape and support your body as it copes with the physical challenges of pregnancy. A prenatal exercise routine can help alleviate back pain and pelvic pain, boost your mood and energy levels and help you sleep better.
Avoid Incontinence, Hernias & More! A Simple Pelvic Floor Exercise
Whether you know it or not, you have a pelvic floor. These are supportive muscles at the base of your pelvis that help with bowel and bladder function, and support of your other organs in the area (like your reproductive organs). The pelvic floor is incredibly important to your core. Recently, we’ve been discussing other […]
What is Lumbopelvic Stability?
One in four women will experience incontinence at some point during her life, and nearly three-quarters of the U.S. population will deal with low back pain. Do you experience either of these? To understand how to treat these two conditions, and get to the “core of the issue,” we must understand the importance of anatomy […]
Your Physical Therapy Guide to Pregnancy
Physical therapy is an effective way to help you manage your pain and can offer you a variety of ways to make your pregnancy more comfortable.
The coccyx (also known as the tailbone) is the triangular bony structure at the bottom of the vertebral column that serves as an attachment for our pelvic floor muscles. It is composed of three to five bony segments held in place by joints and ligaments. When injured, it can cause debilitating pain. This pain can […]
Physical Therapy and Pregnancy: Before, During and After
Understanding the musculoskeletal changes that can occur during this time will allow you to embrace the changes as they come and understand when it is time to visit your local physical therapist to address some of the aches and pains before they become a real problem.
Pubic Symphysis Disorders
General pubic symphysis dysfunction The pubic symphysis is a very stiff, synovial joint that exists midline of the pelvis. It moves on average, about 2 mm but becomes dysfunctional if it moves more or less. The cause for pubic symphysis dysfunction can be attributed to hormonal changes, lengthening and weakening of pelvic ligaments, thoracolumbar fascia […]