We all, at some point in our lives, have dealt with constipation – whether it’s acute or chronic. This is not a pleasant experience. Constipation occurs when the colon absorbs too much water or when the colon’s muscle contraction is slow or sluggish, delaying transit time. The result is hard and dry stool, which can lead to straining and pain when having a bowel movement.

The information provided on this website is for educational resources only. It is not intended to serve as a recommendation for the treatment or management of any medical condition. As with any new exercise program, it is advised to consult with your physical therapist or healthcare provider prior to performing these activities. The exercises listed are to be performed with NO pain. If you experience any pain or discomfort while performing these exercises, stop immediately and seek attention from your physical therapist or healthcare provider.

As your physical body changes and accommodates to the needs of your growing baby, you may experience discomfort and aches and pains. 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. During your pregnancy, especially in the third trimester, your back may start to feel uncomfortable.

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 of the pelvis, lumbar spine, and internal organs.

Low back pain is a common and uncomfortable side effect of pregnancy. However, there is no reason to allow back pain to interfere with your daily activities, work, or prevent you from getting restful sleep. What Causes Pregnancy-Related Low Back Pain? The change in hormone activity during pregnancy prepares the body for birth but can also loosen joints and ligaments that support your pelvis and your spine. Pain can result from overuse of spinal muscles compensating for this lack of ligamentous support. Additionally, the increased abdominal weight that a woman carries during pregnancy results in a re-posturing to counteract the effects of gravity, placing increased pressure on the lower back.

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 muscle contraction” or a “pelvic muscle exercise.”

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 […]

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% of those have no diagnosis.

One of the very best ways to lose extra baby fat is to start a very consistent walking program! When cleared for activity, add small additional doses each week. It is not unrealistic for you to be doing mild walking 2 weeks after delivery; difficult walking, hill hiking, and distance walks 5 months after; and even running/winning races at 8 months!

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 elements of your inner core, such as your transverse abdominis and diaphragm. When these muscles and others nearby are activated, the pressure in your abdominal cavity can get as high as 1,500 pounds per square inch, greater than 100 times the normal pressure when at rest.