Monthly Archives: September 2013

App of The Week

Daily Leg Workout is a great 5 to 10 minute daily leg routine that steps you through ten of the best lower body exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home. This workout is developed and demonstrated by a certified personal trainer, and spending just minutes a day can strengthen and tone your legs.

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Pregnancy Educational Seminar TOMORROW!

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FREE TO THE PUBLIC!!! 

Educational Seminar on tips for a healthy pregnancy to be held tomorrow (Tuesday, September 17th) at 200 Patewood Drive, Building C, 2nd Floor Proaxis Clinic!! 

The seminar will begin at 6pm and will cover topics such as exercise, nutrition, caring for your pelvic floor, and postpartum recovery! We will also have an interactive session where participants will learn about exercises, ways to improve back pain, as well as support belts to help with aches and pains! 

Join us tomorrow night for a fun and interactive session! Plan to stay from 6-8pm! Refreshments are included! 

RSVP to Kim Osler, PT, DPT, WCS at kim.osler@proaxistherapy.com!! 

Let us know if you have any questions!

App of The Week

Up until now, all of our “App of The Weeks” have been free, however, this incredible Prostate Health App is $0.99… but worth every penny.

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If you are 45 years or older, you will be interested to know that prostate evaluations are recommended for your age group. A team of expert urologists have developed this application, which provides answers to the following questions:

What is the prostate?
Do I have prostate symptoms?
When should I have an evaluation, and what does the evaluation consist of?
How can my physician treat my symptoms?
What is PSA?
What is a prostate biopsy?
What options do I have if I am diagnosed with prostate cancer?
What is prostatitis?

What Else Can You Do For Constipation… Colonic Massage!

If you suffer from constipation, along with the other 4 million people in the U.S, then this post is for YOU! First, check out my previous post on Pooping Properly then start loving on your colon by performing colonic massage.

Colonic massage is a manual technique to facilitate natural movement of the colon. It’s easy to do and something that can be done before you have a bowel movement or while sitting on the commode attempting to empty your bowels.

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To being, place the palm of your hands flat on the abdomen, just inside of the right hip bone. Perform semicircular massage movements from the right hip bone upwards to the right lower rib cage. Following the direction of the colon, work your way across to the left lower rib cage, then down to the left hip bone. Perform for up to 5 minutes, or 20 motions.

In case you don’t believe me 😉 ….

According to Lamas et.al, Abdominal massage decreased severity of gastrointestinal symptoms, especially constipation and abdominal pain syndrome, and increased bowel movements. Also, in 2011, Sinclair noted that individual case reports show that massage has been effective for patients with constipation due to a variety of diagnosed physiologic abnormalities, as well as in patients with long-term functional constipation.

Written by: Jenna Sires PT, DPT

App of The Week

Find Me Gluten FREE
Find Me Gluten Free helps you eat gluten-free. View local business ratings and reviews, gluten-free menus, get directions, and call them right from the app. Also, easily view gluten-free menus and allergen lists of chains and fast food restaurants.

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The Importance of Holistic and Integrated Care for Survivors of Sexual Assault Experiencing Pelvic Pain

By Jessica Powley, PT, DPT, WCS

 It is well-established in clinical research that survivors of sexual abuse are more likely to experience future sexual dysfunction than those who have not experienced abuse. The reasons behind this are thought to be multifactorial and may be related to post-traumatic stress as well as physical symptoms as a result of this stress and anxiety. As a pelvic physical therapist, I often work with strong women (and men!) who have survived sexual trauma and abuse, either as children or adults. Most commonly, these people will have been referred to me for some version of pelvic pain—vulvodynia, interstitial cystitis, vaginismus, or general pelvic pain. One of our theories behind this pain is that the trauma experienced by the muscles of the pelvis leads to a “tensing” and “protective” response. Over time, this natural response creates shortened, irritated pelvic floor muscles which can cause severe pain.

While treating the pelvic floor muscles, I often recommend that my patients work with a psychological professional concurrently in order to address the psychological components of their pain. Now, does that mean I believe their pain is “in their heads?” Not in the least bit. With many of these people, their pain is very real and very physical—meaning, we know that their muscles are causing pain. However, our mind can be a very strong driving force which can either promote recovery or hinder it. The role of the brain in pain has been well-established. Lorimer Moseley and David Butler are two neuroscientists who have done extensive research in this area (two of my favorite researchers! Yes, I am a nerd.) If you are interested in reading more about this, please check out their website (http://www.noigroup.com/en/Home) and I personally recommend the books, Explain Pain and Painful Yarns.  Clinically, I often find that recovery with patients is much improved when both the physical and psychological aspects are addressed concurrently.

But what about a person who undergoes psychological counseling and treatment but does not receive the physical treatment? New research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine suggests that symptoms will continue to persist. In this research, women who had survived sexual assault as adolescents as well as received psychological therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder were compared with age-matched controls in regards to sexual activity and symptoms of sexual dysfunction. Although sexual activity level was equal between groups, survivors of sexual abuse were 2.7 times more likely to experience pelvic floor dysfunction than their peers, as well as 2.4 times more likely to experience sexual dysfunction such as difficulty with lubrication and pain. These results led researchers to conclude that survivors of sexual abuse should truly be cared for by a multidisciplinary team to address both physical and psychological effects of abuse.

Our bodies work in synergy. If people are to achieve optimal function of any part of their bodies, problems must be addressed in a holistic manner. Throughout the world of healthcare, there has been a strong push for multidisciplinary care, and this should be the case as well for survivors of sexual abuse. Teams of physicians, nurses, physical therapists, psychologists, and nutritionists can work together to help a person move toward recovery. Just as the body cannot be treated without the mind, so the mind should not be treated without the body.

Reference: Postma RBicanic Ivan der Vaart HLaan E. Pelvic Floor Muscle Problems Mediate Sexual Problems in Young Adult Rape Victims. J Sex Med. 2013 May 16

September is IC Awareness Month!

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Check out IC Awareness to learn how you can help!

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