Turn Your Frown Upside Down!

By Riva Preil Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD (pun intended), is a subcategory of major depression connected with one season only (varies per person).  These symptoms include lethargy, hopelessness, social isolation, irritability, increased appetite and sleep, and decreased libido. The season most commonly associated with SAD is the winter, hence the condition's nickname …

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Feeling the Burn?

By Riva Preil Burning pain with urination (dysuria)…urinary urgency and frequency…sounds like a urinary tract infection (UTI), right? Not necessarily!  Even though UTIs are one of the most common reasons for women to visit their doctor (an estimated seven million visits per year, in fact!), they are not always the culprit.  When a urine culture's …

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Let’s Review: Pelvic Floor Muscles

By Mary Hughes, PT, DPT Urogenital Triangle Ischiocavernosus: Primary Sexual Function: Obstructs venous return and maintains erection of clitoris Bulbospongiosus: Primary Sexual Function: initiates erection of the clitoris, also functions as a vaginal sphincter in females Superficial Transverse Perineum: Stabilizes and strengthens the perineum Levator Ani: functions as a unit. Deep Pelvic Floor Muscles: Pubococcygeus, …

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The WHY of the THYroid

By Riva Preil Happy Thyroid Awareness Month!  The thyroid gland is an important component of the endocrine system which is located in the front of the neck.  The thyroid gland itself is regulated by the hypothalamus, which releases thyrotropin releasing hormone (TRH).  TRH acts on the anterior pituitary gland and causes it to release thyroid-stimulating …

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Lymphedema Risk Reduction

Risk Reduction Practices For People With Lymphedema According to the National Lymphedema Network By Roseanne Cruz It is not known why some people with the same risk factors develop lymphedema and some do not. People at risk of lymphedema are individuals who have not yet displayed the signs and symptoms of lymphedema but have a …

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Frolic with Folic (Acid)!

By Riva Preil This week marks National Folic Acid Awareness Week. Folic acid (also known as folate or Vitamin B-9) is an essential nutrient whose name is a derivative from the Latin folium (leaf) because it is found in many leafy vegetables such as lettuce, asparagus, spinach, and turnips.  Folic acid can also be obtained …

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January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

By Roseanne Cruz, PT, DPT, LLCC HPV, or human papilloma virus, is a common virus–more than half of sexually active men and women are infected with HPV at some time. According to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition, six million new infections occur yearly in the United States, and about 20 million people–men and women–are thought …

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An Alliance for Pelvic Pain Interview with Amy Stein

Hi all! This is an interview Amy did for her other venture, the Alliance for Pelvic Pain. Check it out! An Interview with Amy Stein: Renowned Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist in NYC and One of the Founding Members of the Alliance for Pelvic Pain: By Roseanne Cruz, PT, DPT, LLCC Question 1: Ms. Stein, how …

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Pilates: Spine Stretch Forward

By Denise Vidal Building on the twisting movement of the last blog, I would like to share with you a traditional Pilates exercise called the Saw. However, before we progress to the full movement, there is one more fundamental we need to discuss. We need to take a closer look at spinal flexion, and for …

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