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The Staff of Femina Physical Therapy Blogs About Vaginismus, Pregnancy and Postpartum Best Practices, Treatments for Incontinence, and More

 

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Now Scheduling Telehealth Sessions

During this time of isolation, you can still feel connected.

We have always emphasized a home program for our patients and with great success. Owner, Heather Jeffcoat, even wrote a book that emphasizes self care. While we are not minimizing what hands-on therapy can add in those with pelvic pain, incontinence, chronic pain and more, so much is still gained from observing one’s movement and using that information to lead us towards the rest of our clinical exam.

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Addressing COVID-19 Concerns

Addressing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Concerns:

Here at Femina Physical Therapy, we are following COVID-19 along with the rest of the world. Our offices have always followed Universal Precautions and follow CDC infection control guidelines. Related to the COVID-19 per CDC’s website, “specifically the CDC does NOT currently recommend the general public use facemasks. Instead, CDC recommends following everyday preventive actions, such as washing your hands, covering your cough, and staying home when you are sick.”

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Benefits of Manual Therapy for the Pelvic Floor

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash
Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

Manual Therapy Skills are an Often Overlooked Aspect of Physical Therapy

In is well documented in journals such as the International Urogynecology Journal and Harvard Medical School that patients see positive outcomes when they receive treatment with trained pelvic floor therapists. One of the most valued skills of a trained pelvic floor therapist is their manual therapy skills.

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Many women experience lower libido, vaginal dryness, sore muscles, and tender skin in the genital area after childbirth.

These issues can make sex uncomfortable, or even unappealing.  

Many women are not comfortable bringing up their sex lives to their doctors and midwives, thinking that it “will get better with time.” However, if you find your sexual health impacted for more than a few months after childbirth, you might start to wonder when you’ll be feeling back to normal.

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Do you really know what happens to your hormones during pregnancy? Do you know what hormones are in play, during pregnancy?

Well, let’s go through some of the hormones and their functions during pregnancy, so you can have a better understanding of what is occurring in your body. 

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As many places in the United States and around the globe are beginning to navigate new realities and daily routines in light of COVID-19, there is undoubtedly a lot of stress, anxiety, and helplessness affecting not only individuals, but our entire global community.

I myself am writing to you on day 7 of a 14 day quarantine and the Los Angeles community is preparing to abide by a “stay at home” ordinance with no definite end date at the time of this blog.

As various studies have shown, mindfulness meditation is an indispensable tool to help soothe stress and anxiety, reduce chronic pain, as well as keep your brain well resourced and healthy. In fact, this study by S. Lazar in 2005 showed that those with a steady, long term meditation practices have more brain matter than those who did not.

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Greetings!

Today is another blog post to help you connect with resources to help manage the feelings of stress, anxiety, and helplessness in light of COVID 19 and the ways in which our global community is facing this challenge together. 

What are Tai Chi and Qi Gong?

Tai Chi and Qi Gong are both ancient Chinese practices which involve slow, mindful movements, meditation, and breathing exercises. Both schools of martial art are low impact and designed to increase circulation, balance, and alignment. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, these practice are also thought to restore energy, otherwise known as chi or qi (pronounced "chee").

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Many people start like to start the new year off with exercise regimens and plans to lose weight.

Unfortunately, often times women who start exercise programs to lose weight also lose their ability to control of their bladders and experience urine leakage during physical activity, otherwise known as stress urinary incontinence (SUI).

So what makes certain exercises more leak-prone? Which exercises put less stress on your pelvic floor? Read on to find out.

Read more: Get Fit Without Leaking!

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Pelvic pain during the postpartum period is common, even for those who had a “perfect and easy” pregnancy, labor and delivery. Often times, healthcare providers will tell women that the pain “will get better with time,” however it's important to advocate for yourself and seek out care if you feel like you need it. Read my previous article about advocating for your postpartum care here.

Common types of postpartum pelvic pain and what you can do at home:

Vaginal Dryness

After delivery, your estrogen levels drop and progesterone levels stay high, especially if your are breastfeeding.

What you can do:

A simple solution can be drinking more water and using a water-based lubricant, read my previous blog on choosing the right lubricant for you.

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Pain at the pubic bone is also known as pubic symphysis pain

It is a common ailment experienced during pregnancy

In fact, in a study by Mogren (2006), 50% of pregnant women have some type of pelvic girdle pain prior to 20 weeks gestation. The pain can make daily activities like working, walking, and doing chores, painful if not impossible, and can can also negatively affect quality of life and sexual life during pregnancy (Mogren, 2006).

Read more: What to do if You Have Pubic...

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Optimizing Your Pelvic Floor Health is No Longer a Secret

As pelvic floor physical therapy gains acceptance amongst an ever widening audience, popular websites such as Next Avenue are providing much needed exposure to their readers.

In a recent article entitled "Could Your Symptoms Point to a Pelvic Floor Disorder?", author Brette Sember quotes Heather Jeffcoat as part of this wide ranging discussion of pelvic floor treatments:

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Believe it or not, the pelvic floor can affect the quality of our breathing.

The opposite is also true:

Promoting efficient diaphragmatic breathing can improve function of the pelvic floor.

In this study by  Zivkovic et al. Zivkovic et al. , diaphragmatic breathing exercises were effective in helping to retrain children with voiding dysfunctions, including bowel and bladder issues. 

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Don’t hover over the toilet seat to pee

Sit down and relax your pelvic floor muscles.

Ok, ok so this tip is always met with some pushback, but to those of you who prefer to hover rather than sit should be aware that this habit is not good for your pelvic floor! Sit down and relax!

Why is hovering so bad for you?

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Every person with a uterus will experience menopause during their lifetime.

Genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) is a term that describes the different genital, sexual, and urinary signs and symptoms that can occur during menopause. 

The symptoms of GSM can greatly affect quality of life, so it is important to be aware the signs so that you can seek out appropriate care and support from your healthcare team.

Read more: What is Genitourinary...

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Give the gift of pelvic health this holiday season!

Check out these pelvic floor friendly products we have for sale at the clinic. Give us a call or stop by our Montrose or Sherman Oaks locations to purchase some items.

Read more: Presents for your Pelvic Floor

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There are several treatment options to help relieve symptoms of GSM.

Some include hormones, while others do not.

Today we will review some non-hormone treatment options. As always, consult with your physician to help you make the best decisions regarding your health.

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A New Year's resolution for your pelvic floor health: learn your anatomy.

Have you ever looked at your genitalia in the mirror? Like REALLY looked at it?

One of the most empowering things you can do for your pelvic health is to take a look at yourself in the mirror and learn your anatomy.

Here is a quick primer on how to stay on top of what's going on down there, including tips on simple self examination and resources to find more information.

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Simple Yoga Poses for Overcoming Foot Pain

Everyone experiences sore feet at some point during our busy lives. Here are a few simple yoga poses that you can do almost anywhere to relieve the pain of sore feet during the busy holiday season - or anytime for that matter!

Mountain Pose

Become aware of your feet and how you distribute your weight across them.

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"Girls’ Night Out" Showcased InControl Medical's Fabulous Products

Hosted by Femina PT at LA's Big and Tiny

Three expert speakers chatted and answered questions on female pelvic and sexual health.

One of our major sponsors was InControl Medical, the creators of one of my favorite product lines for urinary, bowel and sexual dysfunction. They have three different products that are focused on these basic necessities of female health and wellness.

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  • Testimonials

    • Testimonial by Jamie M.

      I have been going to see Heather for a while now, and I can't tell you enough how much she has improved my quality of life. Heather specializes in issues like pelvic floor, but I see her for other orthopedic issues. I have a lot of chronic joint pain and dysfunction issues (back, hips, neck) that require that have ongoing physical therapy maintenance. The effects of my problem joints/areas overlap and interconnect with each other in complex ways, so helping me requires really having a complete...

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    • Testimonial by Jamie M.

      I have been going to see Heather for a while now, and I can't tell you enough how much she has improved my quality of life. Heather specializes in issues like pelvic floor, but I see her for other orthopedic issues. I have a lot of chronic joint pain and dysfunction issues (back, hips, neck) that require that have ongoing physical therapy maintenance. The effects of my problem joints/areas overlap and interconnect with each other in complex ways, so helping me requires really having a complete...

      Read more Testimonial by Jamie M.

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