Endo Warriors! Part I

By Riva Preil

Beyond Basics Physical Therapy had the opportunity to host an Endo Warriors meeting on Sunday, September 29.  According to their mission statement, “Endo Warriors is a support organization for women who are focused on helping each other to fight against the devastating effects of endometriosis, the leading cause of pelvic pain and infertility in women. Through this group we exchange ideas, current research, and give support to those in need-we could all use someone who understands what we’re going through and how we feel.”  We here at BBPT support the Endo Warriors, and are always looking to help those suffering from endometriosis. Our own Amy Stein, Michele McGurk, and Mary Hughes participated in Sunday’s session.  Please enjoy the following interview I conducted with Michele, physical therapist at BBPT, regarding the session (paraphrased responses).

1.    What questions were asked at the session and how did you respond?

-What are dilators and what is their purpose?
A: Dilators are used to help increase one’s comfort with inserting something into the vagina, to help stretch the pelvic floor muscles, to monitor their personal progress with physical therapy, and to prepare for intercourse and/or use of sexual toys.

-What is the expected course of physical therapy?
A: Approximately 8 weeks is a good timeframe within which to expect to see progress from treatment.

-Are pelvic floor exercises found through Google or YouTube any good, or is it better to speak to a doctor/physio etc? Can those exercises help with pain?
A: It’s better to speak to physician or pelvic floor PT, and yes they can help with pain!

October is National Physical Therapy Month!

Now that we’ve started October, we thought we’d share with you some important information: it’s National Physical Therapy Month!

As PTs, we treat the body without medication, easing it through a variety of common health problems and recovery processes. We love the work we do, and we love helping you!

National Physical Therapy Month was created to create an official space for PTs to continue to educate the public about the benefits of physical therapy and the motion improvements it makes in people’s lives. We encourage you to visit the American Physical Therapy Association here or ask us to learn more!


Promote Pink!

By Riva Preil

October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM).  NBCAM was established in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and a sub-division of Imperial Chemical Industries with the goal of promoting routine mammographies as the best tool to detect and combat the disease.  In 1993, Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President of the Estee Lauder cosmetics company established The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the popular pink ribbon as its symbol.  The National Race for the Cure was established in October 1983 to raise funds for breast cancer research.  The first race was held in Dallas, Texas, and there were 800 participants.  By 2002, within a mere decade, the event had exploded into 1.3 million participants in over one hundred U.S. cities!

Fortunately, breast cancer awareness and research has helped with earlier detection and treatment than ever before.  Furthermore, prophylactic measures have become a viable option for women with increased risk of developing the disease.  October is a great time to review the proper way to perform a breast self-examination.  Please refer to the link here to ensure that you are properly performing a BSE monthly.