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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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On July 30th, the House approved to DOUBLE funding for Endometriosis.

This is a HUGE win for the 1 in 10 women across the US that suffer from this hidden disease.

Endometriosis can lead to missed days from work and school, chronic pelvic pain, infertility and many other chronic overlapping pain conditions.

The efforts were led by Rep. Abby Finkenauer of Iowa, who in March pubicly noted her own struggles with endometriosis. From her website:

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What did you discuss with your healthcare provider at your last OB-Gyn appointment?

Hard truth – there’s a good chance your answer depends on your skin color.

The disturbing statistics about increased COVID risks for people of color shed much needed light on systemic injustice in our healthcare system; but you may not realize the problem extends to almost every facet of women’s health, from yearly check-ups to frightening mortality rates in pregnancy and childbirth. A recent survey of nearly 1,700 white and black, non-Hispanic women aged 18-49 pulls back the exam room curtain, indicating a double standard that often leaves women of color underserved and medically vulnerable to several risks.

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Hot flashes, insomnia, vaginal discomfort and more – hello, menopause!

If you’re experiencing any of those symptoms, your doctor may have recommended some form of menopausal hormone therapy. But is it safe? When should you start? And which therapy is right for you?

Researchers have been trying to answer those questions for decades, often with confusing and even conflicting results. Let’s take a look at the history of estrogen therapy, and how past studies are informing the latest recommendations.

A French physician coined the word ‘menopause’, and advanced the revolutionary idea that the health concerns of aging women deserved medical attention, in the 1800s. Throughout that century, doctors experimented – sometimes on themselves – with various animal hormones. The science was far from perfected; but by the 1890s, women were being treated successfully for symptoms of menopause with a powder or pill made from cow ovaries.

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Addressing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Concerns:

Updated 7/30/2020

Here at Fusion Wellness & 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. LA Mayor Garcetti's Executive Orders have specifically listed Physical Therapy as EXEMPT from the order, allowing our offices to remain open at this time. In order to reduce patient and therapist risks, we have a number of policies in place to reduce exposure. Related to the COVID-19 per CDC’s website, “the White House Coronavirus Task Force and CDC advised Americans to wear cloth face coverings when leaving home" and to "Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others". Additionally, Los Angeles County and the City of Glendale (where our Montrose office is located) mandates people have face masks going in to any business.

In addition, CDC also recommends following everyday preventive actions, such as washing your hands, covering your cough, and staying home when you are sick.”

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Heather Jeffcoat, DPT visits the Great Wall of China

I just returned to Los Angeles after completing an amazing eight day trip to Beijing, China. There I had the opportunity to work with the Chinese Olympic Committee,their rehabilitation staff and athletes. I gave two lectures with hands-on labs to their physiotherapists on Hip Impingement and Cyclist's Syndrome (Pudendal neuralgia in cyclists). Did I talk about the pelvic floor muscles in both lectures? You bet I did! Monica is my awesome Mandarin translator pictured standing next to me below.

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Tightly Wound recently released on Iris!

Tightly Wound has been released, watch it today and share it with your loved ones and anyone else who may need more education on vaginismus and pain with sex.

Tightly Wound is a 15-minute animated short by Shelby Hadden. Our very own Heather Jeffcoat, DPT is one of the producers of film. Check out the video here.

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We have moved our East side office to the community of Montrose, just a half mile from our original La Canada location.

This new office is convenient to Glendale, Silver Lake, Atwater Village, Eagle Rock, La Crescenta, Pasadena, Alta Dena, South Pasadena, San Marino, Downtown Los Angeles and more!

We are excited to announce the opening of our newest physical therapy location in Montrose, CA. Right outside of Glendale and La Canada sits our 1,800 square foot office at the connection of the 2 and 210 freeways.

Complete with four treatment rooms and a large gym space including a pilates reformer we are able to support our patients’ needs specializing in pelvic floor, pregnancy and orthopaedic physical therapy. We look forward to having classes, seminars, and course trainings to provide to the community.

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On May 6, communities across the country including downtown LA gathered to march for changes to improve the health of mothers and birthing families in the United States. Femina Physical Therapy was there to join the national movement to address the maternal health crisis in our country.  It was a wonderful day connecting with the community of concerned parents, community members, and health practitioners.

Together, we were able to call attention to issues affecting moms in Los Angeles.

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What They Say About Us

  • Testimonials

    • Testimonial by Carolina J.

      I had tried Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy before (with another PT) and I had a really bad (painful) experience. A friend of mine and fellow patient, told me about Heather, Laureen and Femina PT (née Fusion Wellness & Physical Therapy) and I decided to try again. I am so happy I did! Femina PT have, literally, changed my life. I was able to do again things I couldn't do for over 10 years!! Their bedside manners are impeccable, their knowledge and understanding make me feel comfortable to...

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    • Testimonial by M.M.

      A personal journey and testimonial from one of my patients: My husband and I were married for 5 years before we were able to have intercourse due to my vaginismus. There was nothing traumatic in my past but for some reason, even though I wanted sex, I mentally avoided "that area" of my body and didn't even admit to myself that there was a problem for a long time, even though I was never able to put tampons in. Once I finally opened my eyes up to the fact that I had a problem, I had a surgery that...

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