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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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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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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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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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    • Testimonial by T.H.

      I started seeing Heather in October 2014. For more than two years, I had been suffering from painful urinary tract infection type symptoms after my bartholins gland surgery which included constant burning and urinary frequency sensation that led to more and more painful intercourse.  I had made multiple visits to internist, obgyn and urologist's offices, went through a range of treatment with UTI and bladder frequency medication that included antibiotics, vesicare, estrogen cream, but nothing...

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    • Testimonial by P.M.

      I was hopeful but frankly skeptical when the doctor treating me for Interstitial Cystitis recommended that I go to Heather for physical therapy. Medication and diet helped control my IC symptoms, but I had never heard of physical therapy being used to treat IC. The education and treatment I received from Heather was a revelation. She explained that the pain I experienced with IC had helped create a cycle of muscle guarding which affected the entire pelvic area. I had no idea of the amount of...

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