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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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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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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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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Demystifying Persistant Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD)

Fiona McMahon PT, DPT Hello, everyone. Today I want to discuss a condition called Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD). PGAD is an often sensationalized, painful, and disruptive condition that causes unwanted genital arousal, which doesn’t typically get better with orgasm and if it does, orgasm only brings relief for a short period of time. The …

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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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BBPT Health Tip: HOT or COLD? That is the Question

  Fiona McMahon, DPT. What’s better, heat or ice? This is a question that most medical/health type professionals get all the time. The answer is, it depends. Both have fabulous benefits for different sets of circumstances. Let’s explore these cheap, safe and effective pain relievers.         Heat In the biz, ( no …

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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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