Monthly Archives: February 2014

App of The Week

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Fitness Buddy FREE

This excellent fitness app features:
– 1700+ unique exercises
– 1000+ HD videos
– Comprehensive exercises for all major equipments including barbell, ez curl bar, dumbbells, kettlebells, resistance bands, medicine ball, machines, and stability balls
– Exercise categorization (core, lower body, chest, shoulders, back, arms, cardio)
– 4000+ exercise photos and animations (retina display resolution)
– Detailed exercise instructions and muscle categorizations
– Capabilities to add your own custom exercises and favorite exercises

STOP trying to “stop the flow of urine” !

At Proaxis we treat a large majority of patients who are struggling with urinary leaking. Most of them are embarrassed and seek Dr.Google’s help with their issues. A common misconception when trying to retrain the pelvic floor muscle group to gain control of leakage is to try and “stop the flow” or “stop the stream of urine” while peeing. Sure, this seems like a good idea since that is one of the pelvic floor’s jobs; however there is a normal bladder reflex at work that you are interrupting when consistently trying to stop the flow.

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When the bladder is contracting, or emptying, the pelvic floor muscles should be fully relaxed. This allows for complete bladder emptying. When you try to stop the flow each time you urinate, you are actually interrupting this reflex which can contribute to incomplete bladder emptying, continued urinary leakage, and put you at risk for a UTI (urinary tract infection). This technique is also not functional. Most people leak urine when they perform a functional activity (cough, sneeze, stand, lift) or with strong urinary urgency, therefore, the muscles should be re-trained during these activities.

If you do have urinary leakage and have been trying to “stop your stream”, STOP! Proper pelvic floor muscle coordination or strength training can be facilitated by a pelvic floor therapist. We would love to help you in any way necessary, so leave a comment or call with additional concerns.

Written by: Jenna Sires PT, DPT

App of The Week

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Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits is an app that helps you put your good intentions into action! Most of us know what we want to change…we often even know how to do it.  The problem arises because we don’t put that knowledge into action.

This app will help to:

1. Identify a couple habits that will help you reach your goal (start easy)
2. Start tracking your progress
4. Celebrate your success!

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