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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What To Do About Scars from Childbirth?

Joanna Hess PT, DPT, PRC, WCS No one told you that the pain of childbirth doesn’t end with that final push and it doesn’t matter if you had a vaginal or belly birth. If you are the roughly 10% of demigoddesses who delivered without a tear, bless you and your fairy child.* If you are …

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Pilates with Kierstin! Kneeling Side Twist

Kierstin Elliot Exercise: Kneeling Side Twist Set Up: Kneel on the reformer facing either right or left side of the room with a strap held in both hands. Hands should be directly in front of the sternum, and arms rounded as if holding a big beach ball. Shoulders relaxed, lats slightly engaged, lower abs lifting …

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Pilates with Kierstin! Slingshot Lunges on the Reformer

Just in time for your New Year’s Resolutions, here’s another awesome exercise from Kierstin Elliot, Pilates Teacher at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy! Goal: Strengthen the glutes and balance  Exercise: Slingshot Lunges on the Reformer Set Up: Standing on the floor with right foot near foot bar and left foot against the shoulder rest. Keep left …

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Pilates Move of The Month with Kierstin! Lat Pull and Triceps

Kierstin Elliot Goal: To IMPROVE Posture! Exercise: Lat Pulls and Triceps Set up: Lie facedown on the box with naval pulled up towards the spine, chin tucked in with neck lengthened (as if you are holding a tangerine under your chin), glutes engaged, and legs extended. Pull yourself to back bars of the reformer and …

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A Holiday Gift for You! BBPT is Offering Free Consults for People Living in the Greater NYC Area!

Any persistent pain or chronic back or pelvic pain can be tough. It is tough to have and often times it can be extremely isolating. Many of our patients have to go through a number of clinicians before they even get a diagnosis of pelvic floor dysfunction. If you are reading this blog, you probably …

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Life After Giving Birth: Trying to Get Back to Competing After Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)

Note from Fiona McMahon PT, DPT In this blog, our guest writer is talking about pelvic girdle pain (PGP), which can often get confused with pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD), although they are related, they are different conditions. For pelvic floor dysfunction, we often caution against just strengthening the pelvic floor. Often times the pelvic floor …

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Hypo-ed up? The use of Hypopressive Abdominal Exercise in Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Joanna Hess, PT, DPT, PRC, WCS I’m a recent transplant to NYC. For the last four years, I was living abroad and working at a interdisciplinary sports hospital. I loved learning about physiotherapy culture around the world. We each had different contributions - the Greek wheel, Scandinavian eccentrics, Australian pain science, and Spanish hypopressives. Hypopressive …

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Mind the Gap: Diastasis Recti Abdominis and What We Don’t Know: Part I

Joanna Hess, PT, DPT, PRC, WCS Summer holidays are approaching. You’re lounging at the beach and feeling quite proud of the ruffled swimsuit that guards the battle marks of the mom bod—the wrinkly and poochy belly. On the horizon, a woman in string bikini framing her flat tummy joins the four children sitting next to …

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