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About 1wcspt

Pelvic Rehab, ortho and Pain specialist, Medical Yoga Therapist, Credential Clinical Instructor APTA, Integrative Therapy, member Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM), Institute of Professional Yoga Therapy, National Institute of Complementary and Behavioral Medicine (NICABM), presenter on specialty topics in Physical Therapy

Pregnancy Pain and Physical Therapy

Pregnancy can be blissful and care free, or some women start to develop musculoskletal problems such as pelvic pain, back pain, hip pain, and bladder pain. Our national organization has links explaining pregnancy related physical therapy, and specifically pelvic pain, check it out: http://www.womenshealthapta.org/patients/

pregnant-belly-2-1431447-639x961Be an advocate for yourself and speak to your health care provider to obtain a prescription for specialty Pelvic PT, with goals to increase your comfort, confidence, safety, and fitness power during the pregnancy and in preparation for baby care. Direct access also allows women to come in independently for musculoskeletal screening, such as diastasis rectus abdominus testing, load transfer and body mechanics, sacro -iliac and pubic symphysis alignment, pain and spasm, and biomechanic analysis. (Also I screen for red flags such as high blood pressure which may sneak up on you). Pelvic muscles and the abdomen and spine can benefit from mini workouts and longer exercise routines as needed. Women who exercise at their own comfort level and capacity have better pregnancy outcomes in general re shorter labors and interventions.Also, binders, belts and belly bands may help and we can offer expert advice and equipment sampling.

Here is a direct quote from a recent systematic review of Physical exercise during pregnancy, Nascimento, S, Surita, F, and Cecatti J, Current Opinion, http://www.co-obgyn.com, Lippincot Williams and Wilkens; “Exercises during pregnancy are associated with higher cardiorespiratory fitness, prevention of urinary incontinence and low back pain, reduced symptoms of depression, gestational weight gain control, and for cases of gestational diabetes, reduced number of women who required insulin.”

The trouble with musculoskletal pain is, it may limit your ability to participate in activities of daily living as well as fitness programs. Feel free to call for a complimentary question and answer as you may need,

I often provide yoga and pilates exercises adapted for therapeutic purposes, to make programs fun and mind body spirit engaged. All the best to you,

stay fit and functional,

Maureen.mom of 2 girls!

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Mind Body Skills: The Pelvic Floor

rock stack beach image Your pelvic health, is it “balanced”?

I am speaking this week at the Academy of integrative Health and Medicine AIHM17# , on The Secret World of Pelvic Physical Therapy. Some “secrets” I will divulge include:

1.Kegel Power (Pelvic Muscle Strength) does not always =bladder control, or continence.

2.A “Short Pelvic Floor” is a common condition, and it is too tight to function well! It may be associated with pelvic pain, bladder leakage or pain, constipation or bowel leaks,  pelvic pain with rest and play activities, and/or sexual problems.

3. Sexual  function may be improved with pelvic physical therapy!

4. Mind-Body Skills such as Medical Therapeutic Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness Training can help improve quality of life, reduce pain, and provide a drug free “re-set”, all helping your Pelvic Floor with improved function. Respiratory exercises and daily health care routines established in therapy can enhance your well being.

Many people are shy about pelvic problems, and so are many medical professionals, so if you have a pelvic health concern, talk with your health care provider regarding conservative care with Physical Therapy.

Meditation, mindfulness training requires “practice”, I suggest my clients start with a comfortable position for 10 min per day, 3 x a week. Results are “dose related”.

https://health.ucsd.edu/specialties/mindfulness/programs/mbsr/Page

Pelvic PT for men and women; details:

http://www.womenshealthapta.org/patients/