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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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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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 men and women 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 …

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Pelvic Floor Mythbusters: Is kegeling the one true way to a healthy pelvic floor?

Fiona McMahon PT, DPT. Is kegeling the one true way to a healthy pelvic floor? Not always. We can end the blog here. Just kidding, of course there is nuance to be considered here. But as pelvic floor physical therapists, nothing is more cringe inducing than hearing the phrase “just do your kegels” thrown around …

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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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PH101: Ladies Session

By: Fiona McMahon, DPT Hey Ladies!!! In the next installment of our Pelvic Health 101 course, we are hosting a ladies' session to allow for a safe and non-threatening place to discuss many issues that can affect the health of your pelvic floor. This class one of Stephanie Stamas’s (the founder of PH101’s ) favorites …

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Pilates with Kierstin! Split Lunges

Kierstin Elliott Exercise: Split Lunges Set Up: Stand with right foot in front and left in back, hip distance apart. Pelvis should be square to the front. Weight is primarily in the front foot while the back heel is lifted acting as a kickstand. Hinge forward from the hips slightly to maintain neutral pelvis. Execution: …

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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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The Benefits of Pilates While Healing Diastasis Recti

Kierstin Elliot Almost all postpartum women experience some degree of diastasis recti, or separation of the rectus abdominis or 6 pack muscles. Think about it, your abdomen is stretching continuously for a solid nine months! Something's got to give. The linea alba (line of connective tissue that splits your rectus abdominus right down the middle) …

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