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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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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Stop Doing Kegels: Real Pelvic Floor Advice For Everyone

By Amy Stein, DPT   You can never do too many Kegels, right? Wrong. Katy Bowman of the Restorative Exercise Institute discusses how to really strengthen your pelvic floor. In the article, Katy explains overactive pelvic floor and how it relates to the gluteal (buttocks)  muscles and the sacrum. People with overactive pelvic floors need …

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How to Make PT Work for You!

Fiona McMahon PT, DPT (Pronouns: she, her, hers) Okay, you’ve got the referral in your hand. You have found the clinic that seems perfect for you. You are ready to improve your health and go to physical therapy (GO YOU!). But what if it doesn’t work? Your Aunt Gladys did great after her treatment and …

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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 Floor MythBusters! Don’t eat lemon to avoid bladder pain, true or false?

Fiona McMahon PT, DPT Hey guys!  If you have bladder pain, you probably have done some reading about bladder irritants. Lemon, dairy, spicy foods have all been rumored to spike bladder pain. But is this really the case? With everyone? Before you put down your lemon water, let's dissect the truths, and kinda truths about …

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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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Pilates with Kierstin! Kneeling Side Leg Series with Stability Ball

Kierstin Elliott, Pilates Rehab Specialist Exercise: Kneeling Side Leg Series with Stability Ball Set Up: Kneeling on mat, place right forearm on stability ball and extend left leg out parallel creating a long diagonal line from the head to your left foot. Extend left arm overhead, knit ribs together and engage glutes. Execution: Inhale to …

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Lymph Drainage Therapy for Breast Health at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy

Victoria LaManna, PT, DPT, CLT October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We at Beyond Basics are working hard to help spread the word on the importance of regular self-examination and early detection. For further review, please see our blog post from earlier this month. In addition to regular self-examination, regular breast massage is shown to …

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Bringing Things into Balance: The Relationship Between Low Back Pain and the Pelvic Floor

By: Katie Parrotte, PT, DPT, OCS, CFMT Adapted by Fiona McMahon PT, DPT Low back pain is common. Almost a quarter of the population in a one month period will experience low back pain and 11.9% of people will experience low back pain on any given day. Back pain can be so frustrating both to …

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