Pelvic Health 101 is back and with BRAND NEW COURSES

Fiona McMahon PT, DPT

Our Pelvic Health 101 courses are back! For those of you not in the know about our courses, they are informational sessions provided by top experts in the field of pelvic pain and pelvic function. These courses allow you to dive more deeply into topics such as bowel, bladder and sexual function and dysfunction, pelvic and genital pain, childbirth, diet, issues with kiddos, and much more.

This year we added a Gent’s Only Session to be a companion to our Ladies only session to help answer some of the specific questions you may have about pelvic floor function as it relates to sexual health, bladder and bowel health, as well as pain.

Our first class is “PH101: Something’s Wrong with my What?”, where our own Stephanie Stamas,will be going through the basics of anatomy of the pelvic floor, what can go wrong and how we can fix it. Our first class is on March 7th at 7pm. Register here: pelvichealth101.eventbrite.com, to reserve your spot. Our classes are extremely popular so make sure you register well ahead of time.

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Tune in! Blog Talk Radio: Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder

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We have exciting news! Our very own physical therapist, Dr. Stephanie Stamas, will have the honor of interviewing Dr. Irwin Goldstein on the talk radio show, The Pelvic Messenger. Dr. Goldstein is an expert in sexual medicine and world-renown physician specializing in the treatment of sexual dysfunction and pain. He is currently the Medical Director of Sexual Medicine at Alvarado Hospital in San Diego, Director of San Diego Sexual Medicine, Editor-in-Chief for The Journal of Sexual Medicine and President of The Institute for Sexual Medicine.

Dr. Goldstein will be discussing the often-sensationalized topic of Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder, or PGAD. The International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH) defines PGAD as “a persistent or recurrent, unwanted or intrusive, bothersome or distressing, genital dysesthesia (abnormal sensation) unassociated with sexual interest.” This condition has gotten more and more media attention over the past decade as several magazines have covered individual’s personal struggles. The most unfortunate aspect of PGAD is people perceptions of the condition as possibly “desirable.” Magazine headlines reading “I Have Orgasms All Day Long” misconstrue the fact that it is a pain condition and that the orgasms are painful, not pleasurable, which can be devastating.

There are several theories behind why this condition occurs, ranging from excessive sensory information from irritated nerves, tight pelvic floor muscles that can cause changes in the local nerves and genital tissues and/or a decreased inhibition of the central sexual reflex in the brain. Often, PGAD is a subset of a larger group of disorders known as Chronic or Persistent Pelvic Pain.

With over 35 years of experience, it will be an honor to pick Dr. Goldstein’s brain on diagnosing PGAD and effective treatment techniques that he has used in this patient population. To learn more about PGAD, make sure to listen in on Sunday, February 5th at 3 PM EST at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pelvicmessenger.

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!

The School of Pelvic Health: Why is pooping so difficult?

By Stephanie Stamas

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 pulls me aside with bowel movement concerns. Why is it that so many people have issues? And more importantly – what can we do about it? This is the topic of our next Pelvic Health 101 seminar.

Not only will constipation be discussed but other bowel conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, fecal incontinence, bloating and hemorrhoids will be addressed. The lecture will also go in depth on the role of fiber, water intake, toilet posture and pelvic floor muscles in having a successful bowel movement. You will even go home with easy techniques that you can implement immediately to help you get that smooth move! Don’t miss out on this FREE event – it’s a MUST for anyone who struggles on the porcelain throne. Seats are selling out fast so 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!

 

The School of Pelvic Health is BACK!

Yes, you read that right: We’re doing another semester of our very successful School of Pelvic Health! Starting on March 17th, our own Stephanie Stamas, PT, DPT, will lead you through seven weeks of FREE classes related to pelvic health. These include but are not limited to a review of pelvic floor anatomy (March 17, “Something’s Wrong With My What?”), sexuality and pelvic health (April 7, “Pain & Sexuality: Is it all in my head?”), and much, much more. See the flyer below for more classes (click to enlarge).

At each session, snacks and beverages will be provided, and a $20 voucher for BBPT products will be given to individuals who attend five or more classes. First-time participants will get a FREE copy of Amy’s new DVD, Healing Pelvic and Abdominal Pain.

If you’re interested in attending our School of Pelvic Health classes, you MUST sign up by RSVPing at this link. Spaces fill up quickly, so be sure to do it soon!

If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call in the office at 212.354.2622. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Bladder Chatter

By Riva Preil

The School of Pelvic Health returns tonight, Tuesday October 21, 2014 (7:00 PM) with a fascinating class entitled Running to the Bathroom, Again!  Stephanie Stamas, physical therapist at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy, will discuss the urinary system’s anatomy and physiology.

She will then explain what happens when this system is not functioning properly, and she will elaborate upon urinary urgency (“I have to go and I have to go NOW!”), urinary frequency (constant feeling of needing to urinate, even if one has recently done so), and urinary incontinence (involuntary loss of urine).  Stephanie will explain the differences between the various types on incontinences, particularly stress, urge, and mixed incontinence.

Other topics that will be addressed are urinary tract infections (UTI), what increases the likelihood of developing a UTI, and how to distinguish between pelvic floor dysfunction and a UTI.  Stephanie will also address INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS (IC), a common diagnosis that patients self-diagnose on WebMD, and the difference between pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, which often presents symptomatically as IC, versus actual IC.

Male pelvic floor issues will be addressed as well!  Stephanie will discuss prostatitis, prostatectomy, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).  She will explain how physical therapy, including bladder retraining and irritant avoidance, can help address the aforementioned diagnoses.

Men and women alike stand to benefit tremendously from the information Stephanie will share with the class.  The class will conclude with a Q and A session, and many yummy, healthy treats will be available for participants.  Furthermore, a free DVD of “Healing and Abdominal Pain” will be distributed to all first time guests.

We look forward to seeing you on OCTOBER 21 AT 7:00 PM!  Please email any questions or comments to us at desk@beyondbasicspt.com.

 

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