The pelvic floor is made up of a series of muscles at the base of the pelvis. These muscles contract to help support your organs during daily activities, as well as relax to allow you to go to the bathroom. When these muscles aren’t functioning properly, you may start experiencing symptoms such as pain or incontinence. This is where physical therapy can help.
In the weeks following the birth of a baby, a new mother emerges. The fourth trimester used to be defined as the first six weeks postpartum. This period was also known as a singular event, only being addressed at the six-week checkup. The visit would consist of a depression screening, evaluation of the cervix, uterus, cesarean birth scar/episiotomy scar, family planning/birth control and discussion of breast/bottle feeding. In recent years this has changed – and for good reason.
Many people like to get out of the house and exercise – especially parents who are cooped up inside with their little ones when the weather is too hot or cold.
One option for exercising outdoors with a child is to use a jogging stroller, which allows mom or dad to run while their child enjoys a relaxing ride. Although a great option for exercise, jogging with a stroller comes with unique challenges due to added weight and bulkiness. Read below for some tips to help you minimize the risk of injury during stroller jogs with your little one.
“Gotta go, gotta go, gotta go right now?” Frequent urination is a real problem for millions of Americans. It can interfere with so many aspects of life, like school, travel, shopping, work and sleep! Urinary frequency can have many causes, and the good news is that it is typically easy to remedy. Oftentimes the culprit is something as easy as looking at what is in your glass or on your plate!
Jennifer sits in class, not being able to concentrate on anything except the constant burning she feels in her bladder. Susan has to miss out on family outings, because she is embarrassed that she has to go to the bathroom every fifteen minutes. Tom has severe urinary urgency and lower abdominal pain that has taken all the joy out of his everyday life. Sara’s marriage is on the rocks because the excruciating pain she feels with intercourse is destroying her intimacy with her husband, who feels rejected.
“Every time I cough, I leak. I can’t jump on a trampoline without getting my pants all wet. When I hear running water, my own water works start. Here I am in my doctor’s office, waiting for her to prescribe that medication I see on TV, the one that will make all my troubles go away. Instead, she gave me an order to go to physical therapy. Wait, did she hear me correctly? Surely she meant a urologist? Can’t she just give me that magic pill instead?” – These are all common questions for patients who are prescribed physical therapy for urinary incontinence.
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Diastasis recti…sounds like an odd sea creature, doesn’t it? If you are a pregnant mom, or have recently delivered, you may be familiar with the term.