Archive for Women’s and Men’s Health

Hypopressive exercises in women with pelvic floor dysfunction and postnatal concerns

We have discussed what the benefits of hypopressive exercises are in the last article,  (Safely building your core: Hypopressives vs. traditional abdominal exercises), and how they differ from standard abdominal and core exercises. They can be especially therapeutic in a woman who suffers from pelvic floor dysfunction such as a prolapse, heaviness in the pelvis, […]

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Myofascial Treatment for Postpartum women with a Diastasis Recti Abdominis

Many pregnant and postpartum women experience a space in the middle of their belly where their abdominals used to meet.  This generally happens around the third trimester of pregnancy.  Stretching and thinning of the abdominal muscles is a natural occurrence during pregnancy due to the growing baby inside the uterus and is called a Diastasis […]

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PELVIC FLOOR MUSCLE DYSFUNCTION AND THE EMOTIONAL COMPONENT

This article is the third in a series relating to pelvic floor muscle dysfunction.   I thought it would be the easiest of the 3 articles to write.  Instead, it’s turned out to be the most complex.  Our emotions effect every aspect of our body, including the pelvic floor.   The first article, Pelvic Floor […]

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Pelvic Floor Dysfunction And The Problem With Kegels

Pelvic floor dysfunction has become a hot topic in both men’s and women’s health circles.  Diagnoses such as pelvic pain, urinary and fecal incontinence, pain with intercourse (dyspareunia), sexual dysfunction ( ED, testicular pain) and infertility are all becoming very common.  In addition, pelvic floor weakness has been linked to muscular pain such as low […]

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The Association of Low Back Pain and Urinary Incontinence

The Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy, Jan/April 2013 published a research study which showed the importance of Physical Therapists evaluating the pelvic floor muscles (PFM) in women with low back pain (LBP), as well as asking questions regarding urinary incontinence.  They cited the following statistics: * Low back pain is the most common type […]

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UNDERSTANDING URINARY RETENTION AND HOW MYOFASCIAL RELEASE CAN HELP

Urinary retention is the inability to release urine from the bladder completely.  Urinary retention can be acute or chronic.  Acute urinary retention can be a medical emergency, as the person is unable to pass urine at all.  In chronic cases,  the person is able to pass some urine but retains a certain amount in the […]

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Eliminating Incontinence with Myofascial Release and Physical Therapy

Every year in May, we get the opportunity to celebrate Mother’s Day and honor the important women in our lives. May has also become a month dedicated to exploring Women’s Health issues.  The field of Women’s Health has exploded in this past decade. Women’s Health issues include; involuntary loss of urine (incontinence), fecal incontinence, pelvic […]

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Physical Therapy treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction in women and men.

“Beyond all doubt the use of the human hand, as a method of reducing human suffering, is the oldest remedy known to man; historically no date can be given for its adoption.” (1) John Mennell, M.D. (highly noted practitioner in the field of orthopedic medicine) The pelvic floor is a diamond shaped area identified by […]

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