The Special Care Needs of the LGBTQ+ Community

Happy Pride Month!!!! We are reposting an old post broadly discussing the LGBTQ+ community, with special focus on transgender individuals. Please keep checking back as we continue to discuss specific issues relating to the care of the LGBTQ+ community.   Amy Stein PT, DPT and Fiona McMahon PT, DPT Who are LGBTQ+ individuals? At Beyond Basics …

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What is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

By Amy Stein, DPT and Fiona McMahon, DPT As physical therapists who specialize in abdomino-pelvic pain disorders, one of the toughest parts of the job is meeting people who have suffered with pelvic pain for years, only to be told by their doctors/healthcare providers that there is no help for them. It is not uncommon …

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Can Treating Your Pelvic Floor Beat the Bloat!?

Fiona McMahon PT, DPT Bloating is the worst. It hurts. It makes us feel uncomfortable in our clothes and can be super unpredictable. There is so much that can cause bloating and many times bloating can be caused by more than one thing: diet, gut flora balance (the ratio of good gut bacteria to bad), …

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What is Myofascial Release and Why do We Always Talk About it So Much?!

Fiona McMahon PT, DPT If you follow anything in the physical therapy world, you probably have heard about myofascial release, or MFR if your hip to our abbreviations. It has been a darling of the manual therapist’s tool kit for some time. But did you know their many different camps of physical therapy and these …

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Why Do I Still Look Pregnant: Part II

Fiona McMahon, DPT Diastasis recti (DR) can be the bane of many  who are trying to decrease the size of their stomach following pregnancy. DR occurs when the two six pack muscles (rectus abdominus) separate from one another, leaving the appearance of visible gapping and bulging of the stomach, creating the look of a belly …

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Saggy Jeans and Tailfeathers: How Your Pelvic Positioning Affects Your Body

Joanna Hess PT, DPT, PRC, WCS Wait! Marie Kondo has you throwing out your favorite jeans because the joyless saggy bottoms that your tushy cannot manage to fill out? We are seeing an epidemic flat butt among mamas, plumbers, barre fanatics, and office workers—all with strangely similar symptoms—pelvic floor dysfunction, low back and sacroiliac pain, and …

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Pilates with Kierstin: The Plank

Kierstin Elliott, Pilates Rehab Specialist Exercise: Plank Set Up: Start on all fours with the shoulders stacked on top of wrists, lats engaged, collar bones broad, and chin slightly tucked to create length through the back of the neck. Execution: Inhale to prep, exhale to extend one leg at a time back into a full …

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Pelvic Health 101 is back!

***In light of current events, and in an effort to keep our community as healthy as possible, we have moved our Pelvic Health 101 (PH 101) seminars from in person to online.  Although we regret not being able to meet everyone in person, we are excited for the opportunity to broadcast information about pelvic floor …

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Pilates with Kierstin! Thoracic Mobility

Kierstin Elliott Exercise: Thoracic Mobility Set Up: Set up your foam roller vertically (so it runs up and down your spine). Sit on a mat with the end of the foam roller placed right between the bottom tips of your shoulder blades. Lean back into the roller with arms stretched back so hands are gently …

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How to Start a New Exercise Program When You’re Feeling Intimidated

How to Start a New Exercise Program When You’re Feeling Intimidated Kierstin Elliott Maybe you were an avid gym-goer, cross fitter, or yogi and then you got injured. Or maybe fitness has never been a part of your life, but now your doctor or PT has told you that a fitness regimen is necessary in …

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