Category Archive: Women’s Health

Running and Sweating and LEAKING…Oh My!

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Are you a female runner who has been preparing for a marathon? As you increase your mileage, you have likely experienced an increase in sweating. This is normal. However, if you have also experienced urinary leakage, this is NOT normal!

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Women’s Health: How Healthy is Your Pelvic Core?

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It seems like everywhere you turn there is a commercial, an advertisement or an article addressing women’s health issues – and for good reason. Many females experience dysfunction with the Pelvic Core Neuromuscular System (PCNS). The PCNS includes the respiratory diaphragm at the top, the abdominals at the front, the back/hip muscles at the back and the pelvic floor muscles at the bottom.4

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How ASTYM® Can Help Post-Mastectomy

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There are many forms of breast cancer treatment, from chemical and medicinal treatments to dietary changes and surgical options such as a mastectomy.

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Carpal Tunnel in Pregnancy

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Thick hair and nails, radiant skin, and…hand numbness? The later weeks of pregnancy bring some welcomed physical changes that others may notice and comment how a woman has “a pregnancy glow.”  But in a portion of women, the third trimester may also bring the uncomfortable symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Stretch of the Week: Pelvic Tilts

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Pelvic Tilts: Therapeutic Stretches for the Lower Back

Welcome to the weekly stretch for March!

This month we have been focusing on more therapeutic stretches for the low back. If you have ever been in therapy for low back pain you may have recognized one or two of these. Let’s continue this with Pelvic Tilts for week 4!

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Stretch of the Week: Crossed Legged Low Back Reclined Twist

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Crossed Legged Low Back Reclined Twist

The third week of March brings us to the gentle Crossed Legged Low Back Reclined Twist stretch. It is simple despite its long name. This stretch will help you to gain flexibility in those stiff lumbar muscles that can cause muscle imbalances and contribute to low back pain. You will not need any equipment for this stretch.

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Stretch of the Week: Hero’s Pose in Yoga

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The third week of November brings us to a stretch called hero’s pose in yoga. We have visited this stretch before but today we will focus on the shin and front ankle.  (more…)

Recognizing the signs of Lymphedema

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Recognizing the signs of Lymphedema

Are you recovering from a mastectomy or lumpectomy surgery? If so, have you begun to notice some new sensations in your arm? You may have feelings of swelling, heaviness, tightness, pain, burning sensations, limited motion in the arm, and/or numbness at the arm, shoulder or chest. These could be signs of lymphedema, an inflammatory disease caused by failure of the lymphatic system.

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Stretch of the Week: Revolved Triangle

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I can’t believe it’s the final week of July already! This weeks stretch is a yoga posture called Revolved Triangle. It is a great upper body twist as well as a stretch for the Lateral side of the leg.

You will need some wall space as well as a yoga block (or something similar) for this stretch. Contraindications for this stretch are if you’re experiencing any of the following; Low blood pressure, Migraine, Diarrhea, Headache, and Insomnia please don’t do the stretch.

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Summer Injury Prevention: Tools to Avoid Pain

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Regardless of the time of year each season brings certain risk factors for injuring your back.  In the Spring and Summer many people get outside and become more active drastically increasing work or exercise intensity and frequency.  In a past post I discussed how physical therapists can help your back pain but today I thought we could focus more on prevention.  Below you will learn some common sense strategies, postures, and or body mechanics to help you minimize risk of back injury in the first place.

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