Exercise, The Female Athlete, and the Pelvic Floor

Fiona McMahon PT, DPT In honor of National Women’s Health and Fitness Day ,September  28, we are exploring the benefits of regular exercise for women as well as addressing some pitfalls (pelvic floor included), that female athletes can fall into too. It is far too often that women find themselves sidelined from their favorite sports …

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Beyond Basics’s Pro-Bono Clinic for PT Day of Service!

Victoria LaManna, DPT October is around the corner! And a busy month for many. Whether you are getting back into the swing of school or work after summer vacation, preparing your Halloween costume or getting ready for all the upcoming holidays right around the corner – there is a lot going on! This time of …

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We Care About Your Flare!

By Riva Preil With only two sessions remaining to the “semester,” have YOU taken advantage of your opportunity to learn at The School of Pelvic Health yet?  If the answer is no, bear in mind it’s never to late to educate-- we hope to see you at the next class on Tuesday, November 11, at …

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Contraction Connections

By Riva Preil Surprise: you are more connected to yourself than realized!  A study was recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience (October 8) which reveals pelvic floor muscle contractions are strongly connected with the activation of other muscles, particularly the gluteal muscles.  Jason Kutch, corresponding author of the study and assistant professor in the …

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Why Do I Still Look Pregnant?!: Diastasis Recti, Part I

By Stephanie Stamas Is it just me, or does it seem like everyone is having a baby this summer? My Facebook feed is filled with pregnant belly time lapses and newborn pictures. I’m at the age where a lot of my friends are starting families and knowing that I am a pelvic floor therapist, I …

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Which Twitch?

By Riva Preil The pelvic floor muscles are composed of two different types of muscle fibers which can be thought of as two “speeds.” Approximately 70% of the pelvic floor muscle fibers are slow-twitch or slow-contraction fibers. The remaining 30% are fast-twitch fibers. The slow twitch fibers fuel endurance. They are the marathoners of muscles, …

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The Great Quad-Off

Think you have thunder thighs? Talk to a professional cyclist! But they're not ashamed--it's those thighs that help them win races. Just check out this article, "Thigh-Popping Success on a Bike Lies in the Quads" from The New York Times. With strength comes increased power, and that's not just for quads. Physical therapy can increase …

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