Spring Pelvic Health 101 is Coming

Fiona McMahon, DPT, PT

Pelvic Health 101 is back with some old favorites like, “Something’s wrong with my what?” and “Why is pooping so difficult?” We have also added a new course on pediatric pelvic floor issues.

If you have questions, we have answers. Join us for lectures and question and answer opportunities with expert pelvic health physical therapists, childbirth educators, and nutritionists. Please reserve your spot early at pelvichealth-101.eventbrite.com. Remember spots fill up quickly. As always, light refreshments will be served.

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Pelvic Health 101: Restorative Yoga and Calming Down Your Pelvic Floor

By Fiona McMahon, DPT

Hello all!

We have really enjoyed hosting our Pelvic Health Seminars and were thrilled to discuss a multitude of different pelvic health topics with both familiar and new faces. We will be winding down this series of PH101 classes with an exciting lecture on the merits of yoga practice for relieving pain conditions, including pelvic floor, back and hip dysfunction, as well as hosting a yoga class for all lecture guests.

This Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, at 7pm  Anne Taylor, who has worked with Beyond Basics Physical Therapy for over 9 years instructing group and individual classes for patients with different types of pain conditions, as well as those seeking compassionate and personalized guidance through their practice of yoga, will guide class participants through the science and philosophy of yoga. Anne will also lead a complimentary yoga class at the end of the lecture.

Join us for this extraordinary finale to our PH101 classes. Register at pelvichealth101.eventbrite.com.

See you soon!

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Pelvic Health 101: Pain & Sexuality: Is it all in My Head?

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 you walked into work complaining of pain in your elbow, but if you walk into work complaining about pain in you vagina or penis, you may end up having a meeting with HR.

On October 20th at 7pm, we at Beyond Basics are breaking down those taboos and having an educational seminar, followed by an optional question and answer at the end.  The event will be hosted by one of our therapists, Stephanie Stamas, DPT, ATC. Stephanie will give a detailed seminar about pelvic health and take time to clear up some common misconceptions many people have concerning their bodies and sexual function.

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We sincerely hope that if you are experiencing pain with sex, that you will come visit us to learn more. Our Pelvic Health courses are free and open to the public. If you are interested please register at: Pelvichealth101.eventbrite.com. We hope to see you soon!

FREE Pelvic Health 101 Classes at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy: Come Learn With Us!

By Fiona McMahon, DPT

Sign up here: PelvicHealth101.eventbrite.com

It’s that time of year again, the leaves are thinking about changing colors, kids are sporting brand new book bags and returning to school, and we at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy are gearing up and getting ready to start up our hugely successful Pelvic Health 101(PH101) classes for the fall, as well! We couldn’t be more excited!

This Pelvic Health 101 Course is the third in our series of PH101 courses. Our courses will cover a variety of topics from male and female sexuality, bowel and bladder health, nutrition, as well as complimentary medicine for pelvic floor dysfunction. In this blog we will sit down with one of Beyond Basics’ Physical Therapists, and the creative force behind our Pelvic Health 101 Classes, Stephanie Stamas, to get more information on this wonderful resource.

FM: Why did you begin PH101?

SS: I began the Pelvic Health 101 seminar series last fall out of a desire to help educate more people. There are a lot of people out there who have consistently been told there is nothing wrong with them, it is all in their head or they should just get over it. I wanted to put together an educational series that would validate people’s suffering as well as give them tools to heal and return to a normal life. I believe that information is power, and that power gives people freedom and hope – two things that are often lacking in patients suffering with pelvic floor dysfunction.

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Our schedule of Pelvic Health 101 classes!

FM: Who is the intended audience for PH101?

SS: Current patients, prospective patients, healthcare providers who have questions about how to better treat pelvic pain, bladder and/or bowel conditions – really anyone. I tailor these classes so they are understandable to the general population, but I also try to give more in-depth information than one might not find elsewhere. I really want class participants to leave with a clear picture of what is going on with their bodies.

FM: Do you have to be a current patient at BBPT to go?

SS: Not at all! Most of the participants have been prospective patients looking for more information and seeing if physical therapy can be helpful for their condition. We’ve also had plenty of other healthcare providers come to learn more about the musculoskeletal component to bowel, bladder and sexual dysfunction.  Everyone is welcome!

FM: What is your favorite topic to cover?

SS: I really love them all, but especially the bowel lecture, “Why is Pooping so Difficult”. It’s fun to be an adult and get to talk about pooping! Potty talk is often not socially acceptable but I like to open the floor to talk about issues that are often swept under the rug. I also really love our Ladies Only Night. It’s a safe place where women can come and ask any of their questions concerning pelvic health in a friendly, fun, women only environment. It almost has the feel of a girls’ night in with your friends, minus the pajamas and pillow fights.

FM: What are some of your favorite reactions from last years’ class?

SS: I love seeing “light bulbs” click on when people discover anatomical and physiological reasons why they are experiencing symptoms. People get so much bad information along the way and often times are told everything is in their head. I love the smiles and hope on people’s faces when they hear the good news that it is not, and that there is a solution to their symptoms!

FM: What’s different/ new and exciting this year?

SS: This year we have assembled an expert panel of pelvic pain specialists to do a question and answer forum with the class participants. The experts on the panel will be Gynecologist Dr. Dena Harris, Urologist Dr. David Kaufman and Physiatrist Dr. Allyson A. Shirkhande. This is something I have wanted to organize since starting the pelvic health series so I am really excited to provide this unique and valuable opportunity to patients, especially those with complex cases.

We will also be video recording some of the lectures so they can be available online for those outside of NYC. We have had a lot of requests from all over the world to have access to the lectures. We are passionate about education and providing good information, so we are excited to record them and make them available online.

FM: What should people do who are interested in taking the class?

SS: They should sign up online as soon as they can at PelvicHealth101.eventbrite.com. The classes are free but space is limited so they do fill up quickly. Light refreshments will be provided. Check out our class schedule below!

Mental Health, Yoga, Acupuncture, and Pelvic Pain

By Stephanie Stamas

Pelvic floor dysfunction is complicated. If you have pelvic pain or dysfunction, you know this. You know that it takes a long time to figure out what is going on and rarely is it straight forward. It’s often a more of a journey to recovery than a quick fix. As a physical therapist specializing in pelvic floor dysfunction I’ve found that what makes that journey faster is having a multi-disciplinary team of specialized practitioners addressing every aspect of the dysfunction. At the next Pelvic Health 101 lecture, you will get the unique opportunity to hear from three healthcare providers who work closely with patients at Beyond Basic PT discuss how mental health, yoga and acupuncture can be excellent adjunct therapies to help you on your healing journey.

The mind-body relationship is starting to become a hot topic in research and never in the history of pain management has there been more exciting news. Until a little over a decade ago it was thought that the brain was solid and fixed by age 5, and from there the brain deteriorated. Now it is understood that the brain changes constantly based on environment, behavior, thoughts and feelings. This can be good or bad news. The experience of anxiety and pain is the bad news. The good news is that through “retraining” the brain you can reduce/eliminate pain! This is why mental health counseling can be so important on your healing journey.

Yoga as it is practiced in the U.S. can take on many forms and selecting a class/teacher can be overwhelming for those seeking to practice yoga as a therapeutic modality. For individuals with pelvic pain, it is recommended that they practice yoga that allows for a balance between slow, conscious movement to engage and gentle stretching along with an emphasis on the breath. Engaging in a simple customized yoga practice can be beneficial for those seeking to redefine their relationship with their body, specifically allowing them to move beyond their identity as a patient. Come and take some time to pause for breath and simple movement practices that can promote greater ease and comfort for the body and mind.

Acupuncture has always been at the center of pain management. Several problems that manifest as pelvic dysfunction are regularly treated by acupuncture, including incontinence, pelvic pain, IBS and constipation. In some patients, problems in the musculoskeletal system can be the underlying origin of their complaint. When the trigger point is “dry needled” by acupuncture, this mechanically disrupts the nervous system and results in mechanical and physiological changes. In Traditional Chinese Meridian Theory, the genitalia are traversed by a number of channels, thus pain can be accessed from reflex points along these channels. A treatment regime consisting of regular acupuncture in combination with physical therapy is the ideal approach for chronic pelvic floor problems.

Come join us at Beyond Basic Physical Therapy next Tuesday, April 28th at 6:30 for the final seminar in the Pelvic Health 101 Seminar Series. Don’t miss this last opportunity to find the missing link in your step towards recovery. Sign up here.

Pain & Sexuality – Is it all in my head?

By Stephanie Stamas

No, it is not!

As pelvic floor physical therapists, a common cry among our patients is how sick they are of hearing that their pain is just in their head. Some patients go from doctor to doctor until they find a practitioner who will truly listen to their complaints. When diagnostic tests show up negative there can be a blame placed on the patient that if they just were able to ignore the pain, it would go away. Often times this is far from the truth!

This is the next topic of the Pelvic Health 101 seminar series. Pelvic pain and sexual dysfunction is often correlated with pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. When your muscles become tight and restricted, blood flow to the genitals is limited. Blood flow is not only important for penile and clitoral engorgement but also for keeping your perineal (bicycle seat area of the body) tissues healthy. When the muscles become tight, good oxygenation and nutrients are blocked from reaching the tissue resulting in delayed healing, decreased engorgement and often a burning sensation. Because muscle function and blood flow is so important to good sexual function, issues with the pelvic floor muscles can result in painful intercourse, inability to tolerate vaginal penetration, painful or difficult erections, erectile dysfunction and painful orgasm.

Issues with sexual function are not often talked about, but next Tuesday these taboo topics are going to be put out on the table. We will discuss different types of dysfunction and the role of the pelvic floor muscles but most importantly we’ll focus on what we can do to get you back to pain-free and functional sexual independence. You do not want to miss this FREE lecture! Reserve your spot here.

All seminars will be held at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy in New York City and start at 7pm. A free “Healing Pelvic and Abdominal Pain” DVD will be given to first time guests, and $20 voucher for Beyond Basics Physical Therapy products will be given to individuals attending five seminars. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

Running to the bathroom, AGAIN!

By Stephanie Stamas

wIgeXGtyiplkxTRIYk3iXG0tC50oA-t6qfUc-H046c0l4liGbEURRiN0ZNe-YyAbK-gNoWyz02uW_OqrTeCmAQkeFh-fxbYm7jCd6rNHMLAIlLGaq4Fkf2lYG5A-an68EFe7Yo7UPxSq00CTdohw5UnNRi-8nE1tmwB4B_OS5tJm_Dbb7CmY0Upj7C55-7guNYLvJxKH-Of2GhbPRyNuZhua4_sXThe Pelvic Health 101 series is back again! At our next class, on Tuesday, March 24, we are discussing urinary dysfunction. Urinary dysfunction is NOT something only post-partum women experience. If you are someone who swears you have a small bladder, leak a little when you sneeze, cough or laugh, get up multiple times a night to urinate, go to the bathroom ‘just in case’ or have to plan an escape route at every party to find the closest bathroom – then this lecture IS FOR YOU!

We will be discussing how urinary dysfunction in women AND MEN can be closely related to pelvic floor muscle issues, what normal looks like (most people have no clue) and what you can do to retrain your bladder back to health. Medical conditions affecting the bladder, such as chronic UTIs, overactive bladder syndrome, interstitial cystitis (IC) and prostatitis will also be discussed. These classes are FREE and are selling out like a New York cronut. Reserve your spot here.

All seminars will be held at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy in New York City and start at 7pm. A free “Healing Pelvic and Abdominal Pain” DVD will be given to first time guests, and $20 voucher for Beyond Basics Physical Therapy products will be given to individuals attending five seminars. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!