A good starting place for searching out a trained pelvic flood therapist is through the Herman and Wallace foundation. Kathe Wallace from Seattle, WA and Hollis Herman from Boston, MA started the movement emphasizing the importance not just women’s health issues but offering training for medical providers who wish to specialize in women’s health.
What is difficult is that there is no standardization for qualifying providers who wish to call themselves women’s health specialists, and there are many different approaches. Most pelvic floor therapists will have some connection or have taken classes from Herman and Wallace.
In my experience for myself and with my patients, I found that because of the lack of standardization, I never knew wha...
A postpartum exercise program can be key to improving your ability to confidently and energetically care for your new baby, decrease your risk of injury and allow you to regain your pre-pregnancy physique.
Approximately 50% of women experience pain either during pregnancy or postpartum. 50%. That's half of all of you that read this article.
Parenting is a physically taxing job. Repetitive stress from the daily activities required to care for a baby puts a woman at risk for disc injury, chronic back pain or muscle and ligament injury.
We know that during pregnancy our ligaments become slack due to the hormone, relaxin. This is to allow our bodies to adapt to carrying a growing child inside of us.
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We all know there are many biological and physiological happenings during pregnancy. But I want to focus on the musculoskeletal happenings during pregnancy.
As the baby forms in the uterus, the abdominal muscles are required to expand and stretch. The baby continues to grow and these muscles also need to make more room for the organs that are being crowded out.
The lungs get pushed upward, intestines are off to the side and that poor bladder!!!!
Then throw in the stress to the abdominal muscles during actual labor. They don't call it "labor" because its easy! OR say you are required to have a c-section. Well, then your core system is compromised in yet another dir...
I am thrilled to announce my new role as Program Director for the MommyReady Program. I look forward to connecting with each of our current subscribers as well as reaching out to make new connections as awareness for postpartum care grows.
I have been working with Heather Christiansen, PA-C, CSS for the past two years as she has created the MommyReady program. She and I have spent a great deal of time in training as I was the first MommyReady Core System Specialist to receive her training.
My background is in Physical Therapy. I have been practicing for 19 years and have gleaned a great passion for postpartum care. I have been privledged with the opportunity to work with Greg Fritz, PT, RMSK, for the past 4 years allowing...
Rectus Abdominis = a pair of long flat muscles that run from the breast bone to the pubic bone along the front of the abdomen (your six-pack muscle).
The Linea Alba or "White Line" is the name of the connective tissue that joins the left and right sides of this paired muscle. The rectus abdominis muscle is separated by connective tissue into 8 segments and joins into a thick fascia (no muscle just thin connective tissue, actually a flat tendon) about 1/3 of the way below the belly button. The connective tissue of the linea alba is made up of the lining of the lateral abdominal muscles, in layers including the internal and external obliques which make up the upper layers, and...
Each woman comes into pregnancy and leaves childbirth with her own unique experiences and problems. Therefore, each woman's recovery after delivery would benefit from a provider who can evaluate her specific needs and address her unique concerns.
Too often, common concerns such as occasional leaking urine, persisting pelvic pain, prolapse and abdominal weakness are met with limited options. An OB/GYN may offer surgery but may recommend against it if future pregnancies are desired or the mother is too young. Kegels or pelvic floor exercises may be recommended but with little more than a handout as a guide. Many women tell me they already do kegels or that they've even seen a traditional pelvic floor therapist but feel discouraged because...
The event at Penny Ranch in UT, we discovered what the core system is and how it stops working (or we teach it not to work) after pregnancy. A gentle yoga session afterwards helped participants to identify and reconnect to each core muscle. We also experimented with diaphragm exercises and movements to relax, support and help heal the body from the inside out!
Our event in Anacortes, after finding the "missing core" and discussing co...
Core dysfunction is so common that nearly every mother experiences it at some point. Many women improve on their own during postpartum recovery (before 8 weeks), but over half of women don't. Read on to learn more about the core system that is responsible for keeping you strong and protecting you against injury (as well as having a flat belly and a defined waistline) and what happens when this system has stopped working.
What is the core system?
The core "system" is made up of 4 parts that create a cylinder. The top is the diaphragm and proper breathing is part of a core-system that works. The tube in the center is made up of the transverse abdominis (TA) that has a fascia or connective tissue that con...