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The Secret to Flat Abs

The Secret to Flat Abs
Flat abs are an aesthetic sign that you've been hitting the gym and watching what you eat (probably more on the eating side), but as a physical therapist, I'd like to dive deeper into this topic than aesthetics. I've seen enough patients who have “met aesthetic goals" but are in pain that I think it's a topic worth talking about, because their neck, back, and pelvis pain are being caused by their abdominals or their approach to strengthening them. Why waste your time trying to be fit...
Posted on 2021-11-08

Safe Exercises with Prolapse and Ones to Avoid

Safe Exercises with Prolapse and Ones to Avoid
Pelvic organ prolapse can feel like a devastating diagnosis for many women. Interestingly, some women have it and never know, while other women can tell if the slightest thing feels wrong in their vagina and seek help immediately. Mild to moderate prolapse is rarely ever painful, but pelvic floor issues such as tightness or a hypertonic muscle state can mimic prolapse, so these symptoms are actually the pain or discomfort from tight muscles and not the prolapse itself. The sensation of prola...
Posted on 2021-07-20

Diastasis Recti: Definition, Causes and Treatment

Diastasis Recti: Definition, Causes and Treatment
What is Diastasis?. A diastasis recti is a thinning of the fascia known as the linea alba that connects each side of your abdominal wall together. The linea alba runs down the midline from your ribs to your pubic bone and the thinning can be at various locations and varying degrees down the abdominal wall. Who Can Get Diastasis Recti?. Research shows that 100 of women having one at 6 weeks postpartum (Sperstad et al., 2016) and 39% of women still having one at 6 months postpartum (Mota ...
Posted on 2021-05-10

Diastasis Recti and Pregnancy

Diastasis Recti and Pregnancy
Diastasis recti can be a concern for many women during pregnancy. In this article, we’re going to take a look at what percentage of women get diastasis recti during pregnancy, what you can do during pregnancy to decrease it’s severity, and how to boost your recovery postpartum. The abdominal wall being able to stretch to accommodate a baby is an amazing thing! What is Diastasis Recti?. Diastasis recti is the thinning of the linea alba, the connective tissue where your rectus ab...
Posted on 2021-03-12

Exercising While Pregnant: Why You Should, and How to Do It Safely

Exercising While Pregnant: Why You Should, and How to Do It Safely
There are exercises and strategies that can make pregnancy more comfortable, delivery a little easier, and postpartum recovery faster. Let’s dive into which exercises are recommended during pregnancy, exercises that can be harmful during pregnancy, and exercises that should be done with caution. Pregnancy is amazing, exciting, and hard, all at once. Feeling those first kicks are perhaps the most wonderful thing I’ve ever felt – followed by a constant foot stuck up in my ri...
Posted on 2021-02-22

Urge Incontinence: Symptoms and Treatment

Urge Incontinence: Symptoms and Treatment
  What is urge incontinence?. Urge incontinence is when you get an overwhelming urge to pee, and you might or might not leak a little (or a lot) when that urge happens. It’s that “panic and find the closest bathroom” moment, or the overwhelming need to pee when you turn down your street on the way home or start to open the door. Most people can find a pattern or a trigger for the urge, such as running water over their hands or trying to get the keys in the door. For...
Posted on 2020-08-19