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How Exercise Can Boost Mental Health During Postpartum Depression

Posted on by Paige Gibbens, PT, DPT

Exercise is known to have many physical benefits, including improved quality of life and reduced risk of chronic disease. As most individuals know, exercise helps improve physical health and has mental health benefits. Exercise can help by improving self-esteem and cognitive function, as well as reducing mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, and negative mood. Exercise plays a role in mental health care by increasing blood circulation to the brain leading to a reduced reactive response to stressors. Despite the most recent research, exercise is often underutilized as an intervention regarding mental health, specifically in the postpartum population.

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Struggling With Incontinence? Here Are 3 Exercises You Should Try, According To A Pelvic Health PT

Posted on by Rebecca Pudvah PT, DPT, CSCS, OCS

Incontinence, or the lack of voluntary control over urination and defecation, can be life-altering. It can come in six types: insensible, stress, urgency, mixed, nocturnal enuresis, and overflow. Depending on the type of incontinence, your therapy will be specific to you. However, below, you will find the most common pelvic floor retraining exercises to help get you started. For more personalized care, please reach out to a physical therapist (PT) near you.

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3 Reasons to Try Pelvic Health Physical Therapy

Posted on by Rebecca Pudvah PT, DPT, CSCS, OCS

Pelvic health physical therapy evaluates and treats health issues ranging from incontinence, pelvic and vaginal pain, prenatal and postpartum musculoskeletal pain, osteoporosis, lymphedema, to rehabilitation following breast, genital, and gender affirmation surgery. It involves the treatment of disease, injury, or dysfunction by physical methods such as stretching, strengthening, muscle re-training, manual therapy, the use of modalities and pain science for pain management, and behavioral modifications rather than by drugs or surgery. This style of conservative care can help improve the quality of life for you and the ones around you. Below you will find three reasons to seek pelvic health therapy and get the care you need.

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5 Tips For Better Sleeping Throughout Pregnancy

Posted on by Chelsea Silva, PT, DPT

Being well-rested and getting enough sleep are vital in a healthy pregnancy. Your body is building a baby, which takes a lot of energy! Although sleeping is important during this time, there are many obstacles to getting good sleep when pregnant. With pregnancy comes body aches and pains, leg cramps, the extra weight that can lead to shortness of breath, and insomnia due to changing hormones. Here are 5 tips for prioritizing sleep, despite these hurdles.

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Physical Therapy: A New Mom’s Best-Kept Secret

Posted on by Jaclyn Cecere PT, DPT, OCS

Congratulations, you’ve just had a baby! Whether this is your first child, or you’ve had many before, taking care of yourself postpartum is just as important as taking care of your baby. Many new moms attend their six-week postpartum checkup and are cleared to do whatever they want but don’t feel ready or don’t know how to begin exercising safely again. Not to mention, new moms may be experiencing other symptoms like urinary leakage, pelvic pain, or low back pain. These symptoms are often assumed to be normal, but they can be helped with the assistance of a physical therapist.

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Physical Therapy at Every Age: Can Babies Go to Physical Therapy?

Posted on by Chelsea Silva, PT, DPT

The simple answer is “yes.” Babies can go to physical therapy. Babies of all ages can benefit from skilled physical therapy for various reasons. To break it down, we’ll look at the who, what, where, and why our little ones can share the gym with the average population!

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Things You Should Know About Diastasis Recti

Posted on by Ariss Pierce, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT

Whenever there is a large expansion experienced throughout your trunk, all of the abdominal muscles will be affected. Normal weight gain during pregnancy, abdominal weight gain in the absence of pregnancy, and having an abdominal surgery are all reasons someone may be diagnosed with Diastasis Recti (DRA). A Diastasis Recti means a separation of the abdominal muscles and their associated fascia that holds them together at the midline of the trunk. An abdominal separation greater than .9 to 2.7cm along the midline of the abdomen from the sternum (breastbone) to the pubic symphysis (joint between your left and right pelvic bone), is considered DRA. DRA by itself is not the main issue; the symptoms that may arise are more prevalent in determining the relevance of having a DRA. Some individuals are asymptomatic and may not seek physical therapy care to address it.

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2 Conditions You Didn’t Know a Pelvic Rehabilitation Specialist Could Treat

Posted on by Ariss Pierce, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT

Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation is beneficial for all genders. Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists treat patients with numerous conditions, such as Erectile Dysfunction, Pelvic Pain, Constipation, and Urinary Incontinence. To understand how a Pelvic Rehabilitation Specialist may help you, you must explore the purpose and function of the pelvis.

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