The number one question I receive after telling people what my profession is as a pelvic physical therapist, is usually, “Do you fix a stomach separation? I hate my mommy tummy”. My answer is usually that I would love to waive my magic wand and make all my patients abdominal muscles go back to pre- birth status, however, this is an area of treatment that is very complex. The diastasis recti is much more then an abdominal separation.
Diastais recti abominis (DRA) is the excessive separation between the two sides of the rectus abdominis (the six pack muscle), which creates a pooching of the belly, particularly when someone is performing difficult tasks, such as heavy lifting or exercise. Read More
November marks the beginning of the holiday season, for many this can be a stressful time of year. As Thanksgiving approaches, I have been thinking about self care and its importance in my life. As a busy mom, the last person on my list is usually myself. Losing track of taking care of ourselves is usually when stress and poor habits can takeover our lives. With holiday food this can be a bad combination.
Often, stressful times can increase symptoms of pain, constipation, diarrhea or urinary frequency. Our bodies respond to our feelings and emotions. The brain and the gut are connected and constantly in communication. Stress can affect every part of the digestive system. Read More
Clogged milk ducts are painful and make breastfeeding more challenging. Once you have a clogged duct, your chances of getting another increases if you aren’t careful. Worst of all, a clogged duct can lead to mastitis if not properly treated. Blocked ducts are associated with breast engorgement and may result in a localized tender breast lump or area of blushed color; the breast may feel hot and tender. Read More
Pregnancy and Post Partum:
For most women, pregnancy and post-partum life is a time of big changes for their bodies. As the body stretches and adapts to carrying and delivering a child, you may experience unexpected side effects. These often include pain in your pelvic floor. Far from being just another consequence of pregnancy, you can seek a course of action through physical therapy. Read More
Prolapse is a difficult diagnosis to deal with. When pelvic floor muscles are not strong enough or have been damaged, bulges into the vagina can occur. Damage is commonly caused by childbirth, illness, or even simply aging. Read More
Men can suffer pain related conditions in the pelvic area just as much as women can. Pain can be caused by surgical scar tissue, surgical scar adhesion, or spontaneously occurring conditions like pudendal neuralgia. Read More