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 men and women 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 …

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Ph101 Why is Pooping so Difficult?

  Fiona McMahon, PT, DPT The number of Americans who deal with constipation issues is massive (4 million)! It seems like every time I mention that I’m a pelvic floor physical therapist, another friend of a friend pulls me aside with bowel movement concerns. Why is it that so many people have issues? And more …

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Building a strong foundation – Treating the pelvic floor in individuals with multiple sclerosis

By: Kaitlyn Parrotte, PT, DPT, OCS, CFMT What is Multiple Sclerosis? Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an “immune-mediated” disease, in which the body’s immune system attacks the central nervous system (1).  The cause is unknown. MS is characterized by injuries (plaques) of the myelin, which is a fatty substance that surrounds and insulates the nerve fibers; …

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The Day in the Life….of a Working Mom Who Loves What She Does and Would do Anything for her Family

By, Amy Stein, DPT (Founder and owner of Beyond Basics Physical Therapy; President of the International Pelvic Pain Society; Author of award-winning book: Heal Pelvic  Amy was presenting on the benefits of physical therapy in individuals with Multiple Sclerosis(MS) . In addition to our educational outreach, we are collecting money for NYC's TISCH 's MS …

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Physical Therapy

Fiona McMahon, DPT Hello everyone! April was Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS) Awareness Month. Although, we are a bit late, we wanted to take some time to talk about IBS and what can be done to help with its symptoms. IBS can present in different ways. People with IBS may experience diarrhea or constipation, or both. At …

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Ph101 Why is pooping so difficult?

Fiona McMahon, DPT The number of Americans who deal with constipation issues is massive (4 million!)! It seems like every time I mention that I’m a pelvic floor physical therapist, another friend of a friend pulls me aside with bowel movement concerns. Why is it that so many people have issues? And more importantly – …

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The Top 5 Pelvic Messenger Shows of 2015

As we begin 2016, we're reflecting on some of our favorite shows with The Pelvic Messenger last year. Read on below to learn more about these wonderful radio shows discussing pelvic health and give them a listen! Here they are, in no particular order: Dr. Paul Nyirjesy: Management of Persistent Vaginitis "With vaginitis remaining a …

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Gut Feelings

By Riva Preil Individuals who have endured a spinal cord injury (SCI) often experience colorectal and anal sphincter dysfunction generally referred to as neurogenic bowel dysfunction (NBD).  NBD includes constipation (in up to 80% of individuals), fecal incontinence (in up to 75% of individuals), and abdominal pain.  In fact, approximately one-third of individuals who have …

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