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What is Intra-abdominal pressure and how does it contribute to Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

Increased intra-abdominal pressure is a large contributor to pelvic organ prolapse and to worsening symptoms.  When you see a pelvic floor physical therapist for pelvic organ prolapse, one of the first things we will look at is how well you…

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The joys of delivery can bring a host of injuries: What to be prepared for and who can help you manage them.

Pregnancy and delivery are some of the most exciting and challenging times that we go through during our lifetime.  Because of this, it is important to surround ourselves with a knowledgeable and empathetic care team during the 4th trimester or…

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Know before you go: getting back to the gym safely after baby or surgery.

I ran into a friend who had had a baby 8 weeks ago.  She told me she wanted to get back in shape but once she started working out, she didn’t feel as comfortable as she had hoped.  As we…

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Pelvic PT after baby; the individualized program.

Having practiced orthopedics, sports medicine, manual therapy, and pelvic floor therapy in Kansas City for 23 years there is one patient question that resonates with me as a tripping up point for new patients. I will give you an example:…

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Mamas: Don’t wait to rehab your pelvic floor until you are done having babies!

The other day I heard the common statement that makes me pause: “I knew I was peeing my pants, having pain with intercourse, and some weakness after my first child was delivered, but I wanted to wait until I completed…

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More on Diastasis Rectus Abdominus (DRA)

There is so much information going around about diastasis rectus abdominus (DRA) right now.  Let’s sort through the noise and look at what is actually happening. First and foremost, a DRA is not a hole in the abdominal wall or…

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