ARE KEGELS ALWAYS THE ANSWER? In the pelvic floor education world we talk so much about doing Kegels to help with urinary incontinence, how to do them correctly and what devices can help one engage these muscles correctly. Believe it or not, though, there are times when Kegel exercises might not be the answer for…

When going to see a clinician for urinary incontinence, there are products and devices you may be introduced to. This can be intimidating, as you think to yourself “What IS that?!” However, it doesn’t have to be. Though your healthcare provider will take time to explain the recommended items and their use, let’s take a…

Ever wondered how what we put into our bodies affects bladder health? Or noticed you go out for a nice dinner and drinks, only to find yourself paying for it the next day with increased incontinence or pain? If you have ever experienced the above, you are not crazy! There is a logical correlation between…

Women in Wellness With Katherine Rush

Interview: Women in Wellness With Katherine Rush It was truly an honor to be interviewed by Christina Warner for the “Women in Wellness” series. Honestly, I kind of fell into the field of pelvic floor physical therapy. But when I started to realize how important yet overlooked this treatment was, it became my professional focus. Click…

Ninety percent of my patients have suffered abuse at some point in their lives. 90%. Let that number sink in a minute. Not everyone came to me as a direct result of abuse. Some were having issues after pregnancy, others were having symptoms after menopause. But at some point during the course of treatment, it…

You Saved My Marriage

This is my favorite thing to hear from a patient! When intercourse is painful, it can put a lot of stress on BOTH people in the marriage. The person with the issue is in pain – which significantly decreases pleasure with intercourse. The other spouse may be frustrated – some are more patient than others…

It's OK to Bring Kids

I often get asked if it’s okay to bring kids to a pelvic floor therapy appointment. The answer is YES. It is always okay to bring your children. I do recommend bringing something for them to do. I’ve had mamas bring in four kids to their appointments. Sometimes moms need to breastfeed during their appointment,…

Hey, guys! I haven’t introduced myself in awhile, so thought I would update all of you who I haven’t met in person. My name is Katherine, but everyone calls me Katy. I’ve been a physical therapist since 1998 – I graduated when I was ten. 😉 And since 2003, I have specialized in pelvic health….

Muscles in the Pelvic Floor

Did you know that the pelvic floor is made of more than one muscle? There are actually several different muscles that make up the pelvic floor. Deep hip rotators (obturator internus and piriformis), while not pelvic floor muscles, are also included in many exams because of their close proximity. Fun fact: Obturator internus issues can…

You Are Not Alone

Every single time I start working with a new patient, I hear “I feel like I’m alone,” or “I must be the only person who deals with this.” I want you to know that you are NOT alone. Literally millions of women (and men and children) deal with incontinence and pelvic pain. This may not…

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