Monthly Archives: August 2013

App of The Week

Easy Weight Loss Tips

This free app gives you very easy weight loss tips as well as some great diet tips!

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Proaxis Pelvic PT’s at SHE

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Come and check out the Proaxis therapy booth at SHE. SHE is a celebration of everything woman… three days of fashion, beauty, cooking, entertaining, crafts, healthy living and shopping. Located at the TD Convention Center, One Exposition Drive, Greenville, SC 29607. We will be there August 23-25, 2013!

App of The Week

Last week we mentioned the detrimental effects of smoking on bladder health, but did you know that having diabetes can also negatively impact urinary function. According to the NIDDK, more than half of men and women with diabetes have bladder dysfunction because of damage to nerves that control bladder function.

Diabetes In Check provides you with:
✓ BLOOD GLUCOSE TRACKING: Enter your BG levels to see how food, exercise, and stress impact your condition
✓ MEDICATION TRACKING: Set reminders and trackers to stay compliant, so you keep your BG in control
✓ FEEDBACK: Get constructive feedback to help you improve your condition
✓ REMINDERS: Never again forget to measure your blood glucose, take your medication, or track your food and exercise
✓ TOOLS TO EAT RIGHT

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Pelvic Physical Therapy in the News!!

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We are always SO excited to see Pelvic Physical Therapy mentioned in the news, and this has been a great week for that to happen! 

Yesterday, Elle Magazine published an excellent interview with Amy Stein, author of Heal Pelvic Pain and excellent clinician treating pelvic floor dysfunction in New York.  Although this article highlights treating pelvic pain, Amy discusses several of the diagnoses we regularly treat! She also highlights the reasons many physicians do not refer patients as often as they should. Amy states,

“Well, OB/GYNs go to school to deliver babies, and they know about hormonal changes and menopause, but they really don’t know how to assess the pelvic floor muscles, or that that’s even an option. When they see these patients, they don’t know what to do with, so [they say] “It’s in your head” or “Go have a glass of wine.” I honestly think it’s just a lack of education—they should know the right questions to ask so that they can refer out.”

Thankfully, there are excellent physicians who do exactly that; however, we still have room to go! Thank you Amy & Elle Magazine for bringing this issue to the public! Read more: Pelvic Floor Issues – Amy Stein Interview on Treating Pelvic Dysfunction – ELLE 

2. To make this week even better, The Today Show spoke about Pelvic Physical Therapy in their “Gross Anatomy” Q&A session this morning! We were quite pleased to see physical therapy among the first treatment options discussed to help with urinary leakage! The physicians on the show also encouraged women to seek treatment sooner rather than later–there is no reason a person should leak urine for 10 years without getting help! Check out the video clip: http://www.today.com/id/49063771/ns/today-video/#52809239 

Let’s keep the news coming and work to continue spreading awareness! 

4 Quick Tips to Keeping Your Pelvic Floor Safe During Physical Activity

1. Engage your pelvic floor prior to, and while performing exercise.

  • Let’s say you’re about to perform a squat in your group exercise class. Normally, you’d do a squat and possibly feel some heaviness in your vagina or leak a little urine. First and foremost, that is never normal and if it has been present for a while or is getting worse, check out the APTA’s WH PT Locator and find a pelvic PT near you. In the meantime, you can try to squeeze your pelvic floor prior to initiating your squat. This can be accomplished by attempting to close the openings of the urethra or rectum, as if you are trying to stop the flow of urine.

2. BREATHE

  • This is equally as important as engaging your pelvic floor prior to exercise. When we hold our breath, there is a huge increase in intra-abdominal pressure thus increasing the pressure, or load on the pelvic floor. I always tell my patients “If it’s not coming out your mouth in the form of breathe, it’s coming out your urethra in the form of pee 😉 “

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3. Sit on a stability ball

  • Standing exercises can put a lot of strain on the pelvic floor, so if possible sit on a stability ball. It’s a great way to unload your pelvic floor and you are forced to engage your core in order to maintain balance.

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4. Eliminate exercises or machines that worsen your symptoms

  • If everytime you use the sit up machine you leak, maybe you should STOP using the sit up machine! If possible modify the exercise, or perform a different abdominal exercise.

Hopefully these tips are helpful. Do you have any ideas on how to protect the pelvic floor during exercise?

Written by: Jenna Sires, PT, DPT

Positive Pregnancy

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If you are pregnant, plan to be, or are a spouse of someone who IS pregnant and live in the Greenville area, the Proaxis Pelvic PT team would love to invite you to a FREE 2 hour seminar on Tuesday, September 17th from 6:00-8:00 pm. This event will be taking place at 200 Patewood Drive Suite 250 C, Greenville 29615.

We will cover topics designed to keep you healthy and fit during your pregnancy and postpartum. Education will include:

  • Exercise guidelines and returning to exercise after baby
  • Support belts and pain management strategies
  • What to do about postpartum challenges that may arise

Refreshments will be provided

App of The Week

We talk alot about the role our diet has on bowel and bladder health, but we haven’t really harped on the effects of smoking on our bladder. According to the American Cancer Society, smoking is one of the main causes of bladder cancer. The accumulation of carcinogenic chemicals in urine damages cells in the bladder.

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Check out the app, Since I Quit, to keep track of the time since stopping smoking. It also provides an estimated financial saving and acts as a motivational aid!

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