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What is my Pelvic Floor?

Your pelvic floor is a broad sling of muscles, ligaments, and sheet-like tissues that stretch from your pubic bone at the front of your body to the base of...

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Why is my Pelvic Floor So Important?

For many reasons your pelvic floor can lose the inherent muscle tone, keeping the area healthy is necessary especially at key hormonal times such as pregnancy and menopause.  Doing...

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Incontinence Overview

Incontinence is a prevalent health condition that is rarely discussed as people living with the condition are often embarrassed to discuss it with their healthcare provider. Incontinence includes the...

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Exercise Considerations for Prolapse

Learn how to activate your pelvic floor muscles Use this activation especially immediately before a “lift” and “push” Learn to lift with good posture, especially in the low back...

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Pilates—How it Works

Reformer Work This incorporates the Stott Pilates method of exercise on a specialized piece of equipment using springs and pulls. This implements muscles to be used concentric and eccentric...

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Orthopaedic Manual Therapy: What is it?

The profession of Physiotherapy or Physical Therapy has a number of specialized areas of practice.  Orthopaedic Manual Therapy is one such specialized area.  The International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative...

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Mobilization and Manipulation: Are They the Same Thing?

Mobilization & Manipulation

Are They the Same Thing? Mobilization and manipulation are terms that have become interchangeable. The lack of a clear definition of these terms often results in communication problems and...

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Healthy Bladder and Pelvic Floor Habits

How many times should I pee (void) during the day or night? With average drinking (see below) 5-7 times in 24 hours is average, with 1 time at night...

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Pelvic Organ Prolapse Symptoms

Sensation of pressure or heaviness Feeling a bulge Urinary symptoms such as stress incontinence and frequent urination Bowel symptoms such as constipation and straining General discomfort with functional activities...

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Pelvic Organ Prolapse

This is defined as the descent of one or more of the pelvic organs due to increased intra abdominal pressure.  Organs that can prolapse are the uterus, bladder, and...

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Exercise Your Pelvic Floor Muscles

Once you have mastered the art of contracting your pelvic floor muscles: “Squeeze and lift” for longer (up to 10 seconds) Repeat 10 times You can do the exercise...

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Men Have a Pelvic Floor Too

The floor of the pelvis is made up of layers of muscle and tissue that stretch like a hammock from the tailbone to the pubic bone in the front....

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Men’s Pelvic Health: Part 2

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Men’s Pelvic Health: Part 1

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Are You at Risk of Pelvic Floor Problems?

You are at greatest risk of pelvic floor problems if you are in one or more of the following groups: Pregnant or postnatal women. Women who have ever had...

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How Do I Know if I Have a Pelvic Floor Problem?

Common signs and symptoms of a problem with your pelvic floor include: Accidentally leaking urine when your exercise, laugh, cough, or sneeze. Needing to get to the toilet in...

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Diastasis in Rectus Abdominus Muscles

The abdominal muscles form a strong but elastic “wall” behind which a baby can grow safely in the uterus.  The abdominals also help to support the spine and assist...

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What is Pain?

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) has defined pain as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with ACTUAL or POTENTIAL tissue damage”. Pain is personal,...

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Role of Exercise in Lymphedema Treatment

A well-balanced exercise program with other treatment options used in the management for lymphedema is an important component to reduce swelling and a vital tool to continue with normal...

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The Third Body System – Lymphatic System

With swelling caused by insufficient Lymphatic System it is necessary to re-route the lymph flow around blocked area(s) into more central and healthy lymph vessels.  This goal is achieved...

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Lymphedema – What is this?

The lymphatic system consists of lymph vessels and lymph nodes throughout the body.  These vessels collect lymphatic fluid which is composed of protein, water, fats, and waste products from...

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What’s Normal?

Now that you’re post-partum, what should you expect from your body after giving birth? 0-8 WEEKS AFTER DELIVERY: You may feel like your bottom is falling out and not...

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What’s Not Normal?

A POST-PARTUM CHECKLIST FOR SYMPTOMS TO WATCH FOR: Ongoing back, pelvis, groin or abdominal pain. Leaking urine, gas or stool with laughing, coughing, jumping, sneezing, lifting, walking, running, etc....

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What do the Books Say?

Overall there is evidence for widespread recommendation for pelvic floor muscle training for women and for stress and urge mixed incontinence. This program should consist of (1) A trial...

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Pelvic Floor Exercise

Pelvic floor muscle training exercises can strengthen the muscles under the uterus, bladder and bowel. They can help both men and women who have bladder and bowel control problems....

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