The What and Why of a Women’s Health Physical Therapy Evaluation

by guest blogger, Michelle Herbst, MPT, DPT
Physical Therapists are skilled allied health care providers who evaluate and treat illnesses and injuries specific to the musculoskeletal system.  A Women’s Health physical therapist has received additional specialized training to evaluate and treat the musculoskeletal components of uro-gynecological diagnoses such as incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain.  [...]

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Posture Must Be Consistent

Following my blog about Brianne Grogan’s Ebook, FemFusion Fitness for Intimacy, that highlighted healthy muscle relaxation, there have been some outstanding questions about what to focus on throughout daily activities.  If we know we need to strengthen our entire pelvic basket in our workouts, and we know we need to be able to achieve complete [...]

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Stress, Dietary Habits and Urge Incontinence: How to Calm the Urge

by guest blogger, Michelle Herbst, MPT, DPT
The holiday season is upon us.   Our to-do lists are getting longer.  School continues to be in session and parent-teacher conferences have been held or are scheduled.  Your child or possibly you are eagerly looking at the finish line – the conclusion of the fall semester.
My last two blogs [...]

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Bladder 101: What is normal? What is not normal? What to do?

by guest blogger, Michelle Herbst, MPT, DPT
In my last blog, Schooling Up On Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, the characteristics of a healthy pelvic floor were presented:  “…a healthy pelvic floor includes the normal placement of pelvic structures and normal functioning of the pelvic muscles, bladder and bowel.”  Bladder 101 covers normal functioning of the bladder, diagnoses [...]

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Workout Review: Insanity DVD

I promised a review of the Insanity workout DVD, which I am happy to provide, but I do want to state that this workout has a significant amount of jumping and squatting.  In order to safely complete this DVD with a compromised pelvic floor, you have to be very aware of your body positioning and [...]

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Maximizing Blood Flow = Healthy Pelvic Floor

There have been several questions lately in our “Ask Tasha” section that highlight the importance of maximizing blood flow to the muscles of our pelvic basket.  I tend to be in a “Go, Go, Go!” mind set most of the time and my blogs and workouts reflect that.  However, a recent E Book called FemFusion Fitness [...]

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Starting Fresh

Welcome back to everyone and to me!  I took some time with my family this summer and some time away from my blog, but as school starts, so does my return to regular blog entries.  As the summer comes to an end and we get the kids started within a new school year, it’s a [...]

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Schooling Up on Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: How Working Knowledge Can Drive Positive Changes

by guest blogger, Michelle Herbst, MPT, DPT
As a young lady, I loved the start of a new school year.  When I heard the late summer locusts calling, my eager anticipation began of meeting my teacher and, yes, learning new things.  My love for learning has continued into adulthood and has made it easy, as a clinician, to embrace the [...]

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Kegels: Past, Present, and the Mind-Body Connection

by guest blogger, Michelle Herbst, MPT, DPT
What is a Kegel?  Do women know how to do Kegels to make a positive impact on their overall health?  Yes and No.  But, first a brief history lesson.
In 1956 Dr. Arnold Kegel described physiological therapy (later named the Kegel) in a landmark journal article entitled Early Genital Relaxation – [...]

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Healing after Baby: Incisions

by guest blogger, Michelle Herbst, MPT, DPT
Bringing a baby into this world can  be hard work for some Moms.  Pregnancy  may be filled with aches, pains, nausea and moments of joy mixed with concerned  anticipation.  Motherhood is a wonderful time in a woman’s life and the sacrifices are worth the rewards.  Caring for the baby and [...]

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