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…

Meet Sarah*. Sarah is a 33 year old woman with two children with long standing pelvic and back pain. She’s gone to the physician, she’s tried medications, she’s tried birth control, she’s tried steroid creams, she’s considered having a hysterectomy, and she’s currently trying pelvic floor physical therapy for her pelvic pain. She’s noticed that…

Coffee...Tea...Pop...Chocolate

Coffee…tea…pop…chocolate. Any guesses what they have in common?… They are all bladder irritants. And for some people, sugar, artificial sweeteners, and tomatoes are also irritants. So you may notice that after ingesting these things, you have to go to the bathroom more often. Does this mean that if you have a cup of joe every…

bladder pain syndrome

This is the number one question I hear. On average people deal with pelvic floor issues for 8 years before they are sent to PT. This therapy can be life changing. Let D explain how this affected her in her own words: “Hi, my name is D, I am a 47-year-old single mom of three…

Change begins when we are uncomfortable with the way things are

We all discover things that we want to change in our life at some point. Perhaps we desire to eat better, exercise more, begin a new chapter in our lives. Or maybe we just want to get up earlier in the morning. Whatever it is, something has to prompt the change. Change begins when we…

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