There are over 600,000 hysterectomies performed in the United States every year. It is the second most common surgical procedure on women after cesarean section; in fact 1 in 3 women will have their uterus removed by the age of 60. Continue reading “Thriving After Hysterectomy”
Are You Prepared for Menopause?
I have vague memories of my mom going through menopause just as I was entering my teens…oh the sweet memories of doors slamming one moment and the next we were crying side-by-side while watching 90210 and Party of Five Together on Wednesday nights. (I’m pretty sure my brother and dad were conveniently golfing a lot that year…). Continue reading “What is Peri-Menopause?”
June is Pelvic Organ Prolapse Awareness Month. Pelvic Organ Prolapse (or POP) is a common condition affecting 1 in 2 women worldwide. It can be be scary, embarrassing and debilitating. Many women I see who have been diagnosed with a POP, or have a sense they have one, stop doing many things in their daily life, including exercise and hobbies they love (gardening, etc) for fear of making the prolapse worse. Continue reading “What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?”
What Can You Expect During a Pelvic Floor Evaluation
A lot of people gasp in awe when I tell them what exactly I do as a pelvic floor physical therapist. PTs treat muscles and nerves, and guess what? You have muscles and nerves in your pelvis and we treat them like anywhere else in the body.
Continue reading “What to Expect at a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Evaluation”
Koru is Maori for “loop”, a spiral shape base on the shape of a new unfurling silver fern frond. It symbolizes new life, growth, strength and peace. The circular shape of the koru helps convey the idea of perpetual movement while the inner coil suggests a return to the point of origin. Continue reading “Why Koru?”
Diastasis Recti Abdominus means a splitting of your rectus abdominus, or your “six pack” muscle. Let’s face it, it’s a scary term and there is a ton of bad information on the internet about it and hundreds of gurus trying to sell their easy quick fix for it. So before we dive into what it is exactly and how you can heal it, I want you to take a minute and say “thank you.”
The first thing people usually ask me is “How many kegels should I be doing to strengthen my pelvic floor or what exercise will fix my diastasis recti?” Whether you are postpartum, dealing with pelvic organ prolapse, heading into peri-menopause or experiencing pelvic pain, exercise is only a small piece of the much bigger picture. You need to think first about what your body needs to heal, because if you aren’t giving the body what it needs (Starbucks and protein bars do not count), then the exercise will not be as effective. Continue reading “Feed Your Core”
If you have ever suffered an acute injury, whether it be your knee or ankle, you know how comforting and pain-relieving ice can be. If you have suffered an injury to the perineum (i.e. vaginal birth or surgery) or have pelvic pain (i.e. pain with sex, vaginismus, vulvodynia) ice is a great and effective pain reliever. Continue reading “Ice is Nice”