PH101: Pain and Sexuality: is it all in my head?

  By Fiona McMahon, DPT Sex should feel good… really, really good. But when it doesn’t, you may start to wonder, what’s wrong with me? Am I broken? Am I a prude? Am I frigid? Painful sex isn’t something we talk about. No one would look at you twice if were complaining of pain in …

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PH101: Does My Diet Really Matter?

Fiona McMahon, DPT Gluten free, soy free, low FODMAP. It’s amazing how many diets there are out there that really can  provide people with symptom relief. If you are suffering with chronic pain you may be confused on where to start, or what is right for you. You also may have tried out a bunch …

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When it Feels Impossible to Have Sex

Fiona McMahon, PT, DPT “Vaginismus”, it sounds like a dirty word if you have never heard it before, but for the many, many women who experience this painful and frustrating disorder, it is an important diagnosis to understand, recognize and treat in order to improve quality of life. Definition Vagnismus occurs when the muscles of …

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Pelvic Floor Mythbusters: Endometriosis Edition

Fiona McMahon PT, DPT and Amy Stein PT, DPT Featuring excerpts from Beating Endo by  Iris Kerin Orbuch, MD and Amy Stein D.P.T. Welcome back to our Pelvic Floor Mythbusters series! We have explored the effects of prolonged sitting and pee holding and now it’s time to move on to endometriosis. With endo, there are so …

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What is Neater than your Peter? A Guide to Penile Health and Function Part 1: Premature Ejaculation

Fiona McMahon PT, DPT Ladies and Gentlemen, it is finally time to go for this blog and go on a deep dive to discuss at length (pun not intended), the physiology, health, and function of an amazing organ, the penis! A couple years ago we talked about testicles in our blog, All About Testicles, which …

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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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May Is Pelvic Pain Awareness Month!

 Kaitlyn Parrotte, PT, DPT, OCS, CFMT While there are many causes to be aware of and advocate for, one close to our hearts at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy is pelvic and abdominal pain, and we are excited to report that May is Pelvic Pain Awareness Month! This designation for May was created by the International …

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March is Endometriosis Awareness Month

Amy Stein BCB-PMD, IF (Pronouns: She, Her, Hers) Fiona McMahon PT, DPT (Pronouns: She, Her, Hers)   We've written a lot of blogs over endometriosis (endo) over the years. It is a common diagnosis at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy, and frankly, out in the world. The current estimate is 1 in 10 people with female …

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Navigating Life with Chronic Pain: Part II

Fiona McMahon, PT, DPT Welcome back to our discussion on chronic pain. In our last blog we discussed why one might experience chronic pain and some common missteps and pitfalls that have occurred in our understanding of chronic pain. If you haven’t yet read part one of this blog, I highly recommend checking it out …

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PH 101 Something’s Wrong with my What?

  You've waited and waited, now finally Pelvic Health 101 is BACK! On March 19, 2019 at 7pm we will be kicking off our fall semester of pelvic health education classes. We have a lot planned this year, so get pumped. In our first class, we will be introducing you to the pelvic floor muscles, …

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