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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All About Testicles

By Fiona McMahon, PT, DPT Testicles have long held a special place in our society.  In fact, the word testis means "witness of virility” in Latin. They help produce the hormones that spark puberty. They are responsible for body hair, the growth of the penis, and sex drive. Testicles are gonads. Gonads are sex organs …

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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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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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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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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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Fight or Flight? Rest and Digest? Optimizing your Life with the Power of your Autonomic Nervous System

Fiona McMahon PT, DPT, She, her, hers You aren’t a zebra getting chased down by a lion on the Serengeti. You know that. But your body might not. Our modern day stress usually doesn’t involve us having to defend ourselves against wild animals. It often involves chronic seemingly unrelenting stress of work, relationships, and life. …

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