Cycle for Survival: We need your support!

By Fiona McMahon, DPT

Cancer has directly or indirectly touched almost all of us. It has the ability to take from us: our health, our independence, our loved ones, and even our own lives. Cancer can strike throughout the lifespan and inflicts pain on both those suffering from the disease and those who love them. We at Beyond Basics want to support the research to defeat cancer. That’s why the crew at Beyond Basics is lacing up our cycling shoes to raise some serious money for Cycle for Survival.

What is Cycle for Survival? It’s an opportunity to do some good and give back. Cycle for Survival is a phenomenal fundraising organization that raises money to support research to fight rare (and usually underfunded) cancers. Participants raise money by obtaining donations and then going ALL OUT in the cycling studio.

Half of people who are battling cancer are battling a rare form of the disease for which much less is known about how to effectively treat it.  Cycle for Survival has raised 81.3 million dollars to date and 100% of that money has directly contributed to clinical trials and research studies for rare cancers.

We need YOUR help!  Please donate to our cause by visiting http://bit.ly/1lI5XjD

CFS 2016

Alliance for Pelvic Pain: Connecting the Dots of Your Experience

By Fiona McMahon, DPT

Come join us on May 20-22, 2016 for aAPP image patient retreat!  Beyond Basics Physical Therapy is partnering with a host of other top experts in the field of Pelvic Pain to hold a weekend long retreat at Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa in Ellenville, NY.  This weekend-long retreat is intended for patients (both men and women) who are managing persistent pelvic, genital, back and sexual pain. The retreat will feature educational seminars, workshops, and one-on-one treatment with various healthcare professionals in the field of pelvic pain. Participants will also have the ability to enjoy the many amenities of the resort itself, such as the fitness center, spa facilities, and outdoor/indoor sports facilities.

For patients who need financing for their healthcare journey, consider gofundme.com or request a corporation to sponsor your participation in this wonderful opportunity.

For more information, please check out our flyer or www.allianceforpelvicpain.org and read some of our patient testimonials below. Register early! Spots will fill fast!

“The Alliance for Pelvic Pain retreat was a life-changing experience. It was wonderful to meet so many other women w/ similar symptoms. I felt incredibly supported & understood.”
– 2013 Retreat Participant

“The event was beyond my expectations. I am in my upper twenties and connected to people in all age ranges. I received guidance from older people who also told me how much they respected me for having this challenge at such a young age.” – 2013 Retreat Participant

“I left the conference feeling much more of that sense of integration, and with a sense of connectedness to everyone else there. I have much more I could say about this, but I just wanted to say how deeply meaningful the whole experience was for me and how grateful I am for you to have provided it.” – 2013 Retreat Participant

2016 flierDisclaimer:  The Alliance For Pelvic Pain requires a certain amount of participants to run the event.

Gaining a Sense of Hope and Empowerment

By Nancy Fish, LCSW, MPH (co-author, with Deborah Coady,M.D. of Healing Painful  Sex)

When thinking about registering for the Alliance for Pelvic Pain Patient Retreat, I imagine you are asking yourself, “Why would a person suffering from pelvic pain, with more medical appointments than is humanly possible to handle, add another item on an already overwhelming “to do” list?” It would be completely understandable if that is your initial reaction.

So why is this retreat a must in your path to physical and emotional healing? There are so many reasons why this retreat can be a life-altering event but I’ll just name a few compelling ones. As a psychotherapist who specializes in pelvic pain (I am also a pelvic pain patient) the primary challenges I hear from most of my clients are:

“I feel so alone.”

“This is too embarrassing to talk about with ANYONE.”

”I feel so hopeless and that there is nothing that can help me.”

“I feel like I will never have sex again.”

“Who will want me?”

“No doctor understands this and no doctor can help me.”

If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you can identify with a few if not all of these statements.  If only ONE of these statements is something you relate to, then the AFPP retreat is an event you cannot afford to miss. It will provide you with invaluable tools to address all of your concerns. You will have access to some of the world’s most renowned medical, physical therapy, and mental health professionals specializing in the integrative treatment of pelvic pain who will be able to answer any of your questions or concerns.  There will be opportunities to register for significantly discounted one on one sessions with expert physical therapists, an Acupuncturist, a yoga instructor, and services from the EarthMind Wellness Center at Honor’s Haven. You will also be with other individuals who share the same concerns and challenges and you will not have to explain issues like “why you can’t sit” or “why this pain makes you feel you are going crazy.” For the first time in a long time you will not have to justify behaviors or decisions that you are confronted with on a daily basis – you can just be you.

One of the greatest tools you will gain from this retreat is empowerment.  Pelvic pain can be so disempowering and our goal is give you the ability to empower yourself so you begin or continue on the path of self-healing through a combination of medical and integrative health techniques. I never ask any of my clients to use a technique that I don’t use myself.  And I have found that medical interventions are often essential but not enough.  Overcoming pelvic pain takes an “East meets the West” approach using a daily practice of mindfulness, meditation, and other integrative techniques.

Participants leave the retreat with a new support system, a sense of self-empowerment, and a host of self-healing practices (such as a physical therapy home program) that will be invaluable on your journey to recovery – and most important, A RENEWED SENSE OF HOPE.

 

(Spaces are limited so please book your reservation as soon as possible.  Also, for funding opportunities, all participants should go to Gofundme.com.)

 

The Top 5 Pelvic Messenger Shows of 2015

As we begin 2016, we’re reflecting on some of our favorite shows with The Pelvic Messenger last year. Read on below to learn more about these wonderful radio shows discussing pelvic health and give them a listen! Here they are, in no particular order:

Dr. Paul Nyirjesy: Management of Persistent Vaginitis
“With vaginitis remaining a common condition that leads women to seek care, it is not surprising that some women develop chronic vulvovaginal problems that are difficult to diagnose and treat.  With a differential diagnosis that encompasses vulvar disorders and infectious and noninfectious causes of vaginitis, accurate diagnosis is the cornerstone of choosing effective therapy.”

Dr. Alexandra Milspaw: Healing Chronic Pain, Trauma, & Stress with Neurotherapy
Alex Milspaw, PhD, LPC is a licensed professional counselor in private practice specializing in the treatment of trauma and chronic pelvic and sexual pain disorders. Dr. Milspaw is passionate about her work in utilizing neurotherapies to help her clients experience the healing changes in their lives as quickly as possible.

Jill Fuersich and Jordan Davidson of Endo Warriors: Endometriosis Support Group
Endo Warriors is a face to face and online support organization founded by Jill Fuersich, Jordan Davidson, and Nicole Malachi who were all diagnosed via laparoscopic surgery in 2007, 2004, and 2007, respectively. After failing to find a support group in the New York area, Jill, Nicole, and Jordan combined forces to create a safe haven for women to tell their stories, vent, and receive support from other women going through similar circumstances.

Dr. Darren Brenner: the Diagnosis and Treatment of Bowel Disorders
Dr. Brenner shared with the Pelvic Messenger audience a portion of his presentation and research on the Diagnosis and Treatment of GI Disorders, which was presented at the IPPS Annual Conference in Chicago.

Dr. Charles Butrick: Painful Bladder Syndrome/ IC – What it is and how to treat it
Dr. Charles Butrick is a practicing Urogynecologist in Overland Park, Kansas who has a practice dedicated to interstitial cystitis, the management of urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic floor reconstruction and pelvic pain disorders. This show discusses what Painful Bladder Syndrome is, its symptoms and how to diagnosis and treat this condition.