An Ounce of Prevention

Join us at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy in celebrating this September, “Fruit and Veggies- More Matters Month” with the Produce for Better Health Foundation. Fruits and vegetables are an important part of maintaining pelvic floor health by providing fiber, a crucial bulking agent that contributes to normal stool consistency. In addition, adequate fiber intake promotes …

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Botox where?

Every day women visit plastic surgeons for Botox to relieve wrinkles in their forehead.  In addition, Botox has been used to a variety of pelvic floor related dysfunctions including neurogenic detrusor overactivity, (bladder spasms due to nerve related pathology), overactive bladder, urinary urgency-frequency, and interstitial cystitis. Doctors also use Botox injections to treat pelvic floor …

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Pink Noise for a Peaceful Sleep

Chronic pain tends to cause a loss of sleep, and occasionally white noise machines can help. But did you know that pink noise machines might actually be better? "Pink" refers to the color the sound would be in a similar light power spectrum, and includes sounds like rain on pavement and wind rustling. Learn more …

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When “Relaxin” Can Be Disturbing

By Riva Preil Pregnant women experience many anatomical changes, in large part due to the various hormones circulating through the bloodstream while pregnant. One of these hormones, relaxin, causes a loosening of the ligaments, the structures in the body that keep bones securely connected to one another. On the one hand, this ligament laxity is …

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Healthy (?), Wealthy, and Wise

Throughout our lives, we've heard phrases like "Take your vitamins!" and "Stretch before you work out!" But what this article, "26 Healthy Habits That Really Are't So Healthy," shows is that those tried-and-trues may not be so at all! For example, "Granola and granola bars are both calorically dense and often contain a ton of …

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Pelvic Stability and Mobility, Part II

By Denise Vidal Now that you have mobilized your pelvis, let's try a stability exercise. Using the breath that we discussed in blog #4, 'The Infamous Core', we are going to stabilize the pelvis and isolate our legs from the hip joint. This movement is not only the fundamental movement for most Pilates exercises, it …

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