What to Expect AFTER You’re Expecting

The body goes through an enormous amount of changes during pregnancy, but sometimes we forget that post-baby the body is still, shall we say, figuring itself out. Take a look at this article from Yahoo! Shine, on The 5 Most Surprising Things That Happen After You Give Birth. In other words, don’t get behind the wheel and save those lacy underthings for a later day…

Update: Beyond Basics Presents at NY Cornell!

Yesterday morning, Dania and ImageAmy made grand rounds at Cornell with the pediatric GI department. It went very well, and was well received. There were about 15 people there: physicians, nurse practitioners, fellows and attendees. They liked the non-invasive approach that Dania and Amy have and that they try to make the treatment educational and fun for the kids. Amy gave out her book, Heal Pelvic Pain, to a couple of the physicians there, which has a chapter specific to pediatric pelvic floor dysfunction.


Beyond Basics to Present at NY Cornell

Dania and AImagemy will present Wednesday at Grand Rounds for the Pediatric Gastroenterology Department at NY CORNELL. They will lecture on bowel disorders in children, including constipation, bowel leakage, IBS and pelvic floor incoordination. Physical therapists provide non-invasive, non-medication treatments, supporting the physician’s care, to encourage proper bowel function and toileting. Increasing the child’s self esteem is an important by-product of the musculoskeletal approach towards bowel health. For more information about pediatric bowel dysfunction, please visit http://www.beyondbasicsphysicaltherapy.com/pediatric.shtml or call 212-354-2622 and ask to speak to a physical therapist.

Physical Therapy and Interstitial Cystitis

If you’re living with Interstitial Cystitis or another kind of pelvic pain, physical therapy is a highly effective way to ease your pain. According to Amy Stein, “a lot of times the patients don’t have IC and it is actually just PFD (pelvic floor dysfunction). The PFD mimics the IC symptoms. Then patients have pelvic floor physical therapy and their symptoms go away!” Check out this article from the Interstitial Cystitis Association for more!


Planting the seeds for optimal back health

Gardening is a beautiful way to get exercise, create physical beauty, and connect with nature’s life cycle. The unwanted harvest of this activity may be back pain. Here are a few tips to prevent injury:

  • Warm up before you begin by taking a quick walk or marching in place. Follow this with a few gentle stretches.
  • Practice mindfulness. If you experience a back or neck pain, take a break from the position you are in, stretch, and reassess how you are feeling.
  • Avoid kneeling on both knees. Keep one foot on the ground use knee pads.
  • Alternate positions often to prevent stiffness.
  • Bend your knees and keep your back straight while engaging your abdominal muscles when you lift soil or pull weeds.
  • End your gardening session with a short walk or some light stretching. Take a warm bath or shower to help prevent next-day soreness.
  • If you experience pain, contact your physical therapist.
  • Enjoy your efforts while cooling down with light stretching. Smell the roses!

PT in the News: Jane Brody on Arthritis in The New York Times

At BBPT, one of our specialties is orthopedics, in which we treat musculoskeletal conditions like osteoarthritis. Many Americans, including health writer Jane Brody of The New York Times, suffer from arthritis. This week, Brody wrote about her experience living with the condition and coping with a variety of techniques, including physical therapy. She quotes Dr. Kenneth Brandt:

“You should exercise affected joints,” Dr. Brandt said. “Muscles around the joints can atrophy — use them or lose them — and result in even more pain and stiffness.” He suggested consulting a physical therapist or exercise physiologist to help design “an exercise program that permits loading joints appropriately.”

Do you suffer from arthritis? What are some of your ways of coping? Tell us in the comments below!