Pelvic Physical Therapy for Interstitial Cystitis (IC)or Bladder Pain Syndrome (BPS)

   Current Science, and Conservative Care Strategies                               Questions and Answers                                    Pelvic pain is a great challenge for men and women, and individuals can go for years before receiving a diagnosis. Pelvic pain can involve bladder pain, and other symptoms such as urinary urgency, frequency, hesitancy, incomplete emptying, urinary incontinence, and distress. Everybody is different!Continue reading “Pelvic Physical Therapy for Interstitial Cystitis (IC)or Bladder Pain Syndrome (BPS)”

Constipation Blues,

Tips and Lifestyle Help with Pelvic Physical Therapy Maureen Mason, DPT, Function Smart PT    In the realm of Pelvic Physical Therapy (PT) constipation is evaluated and treated with conservative care techniques, and some individuals  are improved rapidly, in a few sessions, while others may need several sessions to achieve results, in addition to lifestyleContinue reading “Constipation Blues,”

Post- Partum Fitness, and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Many women are shocked to discover that they have a different body post partum , not only in appearance, but in power, stamina and performance. Although some women bounce back to full function, many have to adjust, and reduce their activities to reduce problems such as bladder leaks, pelvic pain, and other troubles. Our healthContinue reading “Post- Partum Fitness, and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction”

Diastasis Rectus Abdominis and your health,Post Partum

Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA) is a current hot topic in perinatal health and wellness, with lots of research and fitness formats being developed to “help it heal”. It is a thinning and separation of the central insertion site of all the abdominals, the “linea alba”. It occurs most often in pregnancy in the later months,Continue reading “Diastasis Rectus Abdominis and your health,Post Partum”

COVID-19 – Implications and Options

The COVID-19 pandemic seems to have stopped much of the world. Once busy streets and shops are empty, activities are cancelled and you may not even be going to work. One thing that the virus has not stopped is pain and injury. Maybe you were seeing your PT when stay at home orders were issued.Continue reading “COVID-19 – Implications and Options”

Male Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and PT

Male Pelvic Floor Dysfunction,                        The low down on down there,                                      Conservative Care with Physical Therapy   Maureen Mason DPT Men come to Function Smart  PT for all sorts of pain problems, of the “usual sort”, such as low back and hip pain. But certain pain areas require a unique analysis in the realmContinue reading “Male Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and PT”

What is Endometriosis? Endometriosis is unfortunately a common health problem in women, 1 in 10 women are dealing with this diagnosis today. It gets its name from the word endometrium, the tissue that normally lines the uterus or womb. Endometriosis happens when this tissue grows outside of your uterus into other areas of your bodyContinue reading

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/ Be an advocate for yourself and speak to your health careContinue reading “Pregnancy Pain and Physical Therapy”

What exactly is the “PELVIC FLOOR”?

This is the same question I had several years back even coming out of my program when first introduced to Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy. Surprisingly enough, most Physical Therapy Programs offer little education on the Pelvic Floor throughout their curriculum. If seeking a specialist in this field they will have (should DEFINITELY have) several yearsContinue reading “What exactly is the “PELVIC FLOOR”?”

Pediatric Pelvic Floor Therapy

Potty training for any family is rarely described as an easy process. Yet when the child also struggles with functional constipation (no signs of abnormalities physically, seems to be of functional cause) and/or encopresis (involuntary defecation) it turns into a frustrating process that is difficult to get a handle on. Other factors and diagnosis thatContinue reading “Pediatric Pelvic Floor Therapy”