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I was featured in New York Magazine's (@nymag) "The Strategist" column (@thestrategist) in an article on the best Kegel exercisers. But when they contacted me, I asked if they could include that Kegels may not be right for everyone, and I’m SO glad they did.

I LOVE Kegels, don’t get me wrong, but they simply are not the magical solution for every pelvic floor problem.

Some big signs you should STOP doing your Kegels (at least for now) are:

  • if you’re having pelvic pain
  • having painful sex (vaginismus, vulvodynia, vestibulodynia, dyspareunia)
  • peeing all the time (urinary frequency)
  • having discomfort or distress with your urinary urges
  • have interstitial cystitis / painful bladder syndrome or in men, nonbacterial prostatis
  • if you have tailbone pain (coccydynia)
  • if you have constipation

If you are clear of those conditions, then start doing those Kegels and there are LOTS of items on the market to help you reach your goals. Check out the article below for some of my favorites! If you feel like you are not succeeding, consult a pelvic floor therapist who can make sure you are doing them right.

Permalink: https://nymag.com/strategist/article/best-kegel-exercisers.html

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Testimonial by Mary L.

I started seeing Heather to treat my Interstitial Cystitis in November 2016. At this time, I was extremely miserable, in constant pain, and felt as though no one was listening or understood what was going on with my body. I have just finished my last appointment and I can honestly say that my life has completely changed for the better because of Heather and her team of PTs! I live almost completely pain free, and when I do have flare ups, I am able to treat them at home on my own. I am so grateful that this office was recommended to me a honestly cannot recommend them enough!

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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 was supposed to fix the issue.

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Testimonial by R.D., age 38

"I had a severe tear during childbirth that was not stitched together correctly and therefore healed poorly. Even after having a surgery a year later to remove the scar tissue, I was still having pain, and no one could explain why -- there was no overt 'reason' to explain the pain. I had tried other 'specialists' and even saw another physical therapist who had me do hip / leg stretches -- what a joke! I was about to give up and just 'live with it' until thankfully I kept searching online and found Heather.

Read more: Testimonial by R.D., age 38

Testimonial by M.M.

My husband and I were married for 5 years and unable to have intercourse, but I never knew why. After numerous awful experiences at doctor’s offices (where many doctors told me I “just needed to relax”), a surgery that didn’t fix the problem, and a year of owning dilators that didn’t get me anywhere, someone finally referred me to Heather for Physical Therapy. I finally had answers and information from someone who knew exactly what I was dealing with!

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Testimonial by A.W., age 32

I wanted to let you know that my pelvic floor held strong and gave me no trouble whatsoever in my trail race this morning (12 miles)! In a way, I felt like I ran better than ever because my core feels so rock solid from all the exercises you have me doing. That was especially valuable on the technical downhill - I just flew down the trail because I had confidence in my balance and form. Thank you for helping me get back to doing what I love.

-- A.W., age 32
(completed Post-partum Renewal Program using the InTone biofeedback/stim unit)

Testimonial by T.C.

While pregnant with my twins, Heather took care with keeping me on my feet and pain free. She saved my back, my sanity and the holidays! I would recommend her to every “mom” looking to stay on her feet during pregnancy and post-partum.

-- T.C.

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