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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How to Improve Bladder Health

Fiona McMahon, DPT The bladder, not super complex right? Just a tupperware for pee, holding your urine until an opportune time to go. The bladder is so much more than that, integrating information from the brain, muscles of the pelvic floor, and responding to stretch to efficiently serve its purpose. We never think of the …

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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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Endometriosis as a Feminist Issue

Fiona McMahon PT, DPT March is endometriosis awareness month. March is also women’s history month. It seemed like the perfect time to discuss how poor detection and treatment of the disease affects the welfare, social, economic health, physical health,  and quality of life of women. Endometriosis is a feminist issue. Here, at this blog, we …

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Endo Awareness Month: Understanding Endo

Amy Stein and Fiona McMahon March Is Endometriosis Awareness Month. Treating endometriosis and improving the lives of people with endometriosis, has long been a passion of Dr. Amy Stein, founder of Beyond Basics Physical Therapy, so much so, that she teamed up with Dr. Iris Orbuch and wrote a book about it! This month we …

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Pelvic Floor Myth Busters! Does Holding in Your Pee Cause UTI’s?

Fiona McMahon PT, DPT (Pronouns: She, Her, Hers) I love the TV show Mythbusters, I have for the last 15 years, (yes ladies, gents it has been on for that long). If you aren’t familiar with this show, the hosts Adam and Jamie, try to prove or disprove popular myths like, is shooting fish in …

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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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Irritable Bowel Syndrome: The Ins and Outs of Colon Health

Fiona McMahon PT, DPT So what's IBS? IBS is a condition affecting the large intestine aka the colon. The colon is the next to the last stop in the digestive system, before the anus, and its function is to draw out water from the feces, so we don’t get dehydrated. It is possible for people …

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Shoulder Pain – What Can Be Done?

Kaitlyn Parrotte, PT, DPT, OCS, CFMT edited by Fiona McMahon PT, DPT Shoulder pain is a fairly common issue amongst adults, with up to 70% of us experiencing it in our lifetime and estimates of cost burden up to $7 billion a year for treatments of shoulder pain. Subacromial shoulder pain is what we call …

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Pelvic Anatomy and Physiology – A Starting Point for Children

Eliza Etter PT, DPT, CLT Sometimes, we all have a little bit of trouble talking about what is going on “down there”. But it is paramount that even from a young age, we learn the proper words for our parts in order to make them more familiar and less embarrassing to talk about. Even though …

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