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Explore Your Vulva! Yes, Take A Look! Free Handout With Lots of Tips.

March 29, 2015 | 5 Comments

Attention!  Go ahead and explore your vulvas! (In a private setting, of course!)  We don’t hear that very often do we? A brilliant and wonderful pelvic PT colleague in Australia, Lori Forner, B.ScH, MPhty(St), APAM, has put together a fantastic handout Exploring Your Genitals. A big thanks to Lori for providing this resource as a free PDF handout for anyone across the world to use!! Thank you, Lori!  This is so important. Here are just a few reasons why: 1. RECOGNIZING CHANGES: It’s important to know what your vulva looks like because you will recognize if there are changes over your lifetime and…

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Does Sleep Really Matter for Chronic Pelvic Pain?

March 11, 2015 | 2 Comments

Does sleep really matter for chronic pelvic pain? Guest post by Jessica Reale, PT, DPT, WCS Did you know that most people will spend about 22 years of their lives sleeping? Sleep is one of the most basic human needs and is at the very base of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs right next to eating, sex and toileting. (Can I just say how unfair it is that chronic pelvic pain often influences all of these things!) Inadequate sleep has become a major health crisis and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) estimates that close to 50-70 million Americans chronically suffer…

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Why Aren’t There More Women Leaders in Healthcare? Surprising Insights and Discussions About ‘Leaning In!’

February 12, 2015 | 11 Comments

Over the last few years, the disparity in women’s leadership opportunities has been highlighted by successful professionals such as Sheryl Sandberg (TED talk) and Anne-Marie Slaughter (Atlantic Article). CAN women have it all?  Healthcare is not different from any other business model, and in hospitals, academia and private practice clinics women face challenges that can discourage their advancement and contributions to their field.   In a recent blog article on Evidence in Motion, a PT clinical education website, Dr John Childs, asked the question “Where are the women leaders in PT?” (EIM March 2014)  It was the beginning of a…

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BEST Exercises for Abdominals, Glutes, and Adductors. Mind-Blowing Charts!

February 1, 2015 | 16 Comments

Best Exercises for Abdominals, Glutes, and Adductors. Mind-Blowing Charts!  A big thank you to Adam Meakins, featured now in Pelvic Guru’s Professional Spotlight! He has generously allowed me to compile his charts and information into this blog article. Out of  all of the posts we share on the Pelvic Guru Facebook page, this type of information ranks high for likes, shares, and comments – very high! So, why not make an “epic” collection of this information all in one easy resource, right? The best part is that Adam’s charts are based on research! ~ Tracy  Is it That Simple? Before…

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The 5 Things We Wish You Knew About Pudendal Neuralgia

January 10, 2015 | 36 Comments

The 5 Things We Wish PTs, MDs, and Patients Knew About Pudendal Neuralgia and Pudendal Nerve Entrapment Tracy Sher, MPT, CSCS and Loretta J. Robertson, PT, MS Why is the diagnosis of Pudendal Neuralgia confused with Pudendal Nerve Entrapment? Why are there so many misdiagnoses with pudendal symptoms? Its complex. We are both pelvic physical therapists who see primarily pelvic pain, and more specifically, a high volume of patients with pudendal nerve symptoms. We evaluate and treat patients from all over the world who are not finding help or differential diagnoses related to pelvic pain and pudendal neuralgia. We also…

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Your Vagina is Not Cussing: Good, Simple Vulvovaginal Hygiene Tips

January 10, 2015 | 50 Comments

Friends, Romans, Countrywomen – lend me your ear! All these people are WRONG! (and that’s probably one reason why they’re seeing me in the first place)

If you want my advice, I’m going to be succinct, clear and direct. You can wash your vulvovaginal area any way you’d like as long as you are in the shower, eliminate all soap and let warm water run over the area and only use your hands. Just call me the Henry Ford of the vagina…or is that weird?

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So, You Need Defecography Testing for Bowel Issues? Dispelling the Top 5 Myths

June 18, 2014 | 79 Comments

A common scenario: You have constipation, but the cause is unknown (and may have several underlying factors). There are a variety of tests for constipation. What if your physician orders a “DEFECOGRAM?” This is actually quite a common test, but if you search the internet, it will likely leave you with questions and fears. Dr. Vikas Shah, guest blogger and UK consultant radiologist specializing in gastrointestinal and colorectal imaging, shares information to dispel to the myths about defecograms. What is a defecogram A defecating proctogram, also known as a defecography or a defagram, is used for functional imaging of the…

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Flower Power for Women’s Maternal Health

April 24, 2014 | 6 Comments

May is an exciting month! It’s Share MayFlowers month to highlight women’s maternal health and fistulas. A great way to discuss pelvic health is to wear a special mayflower (in May and any other month) and when someone says, “that’s so pretty” or “I love that flower,” you can say: “thanks so much, I’m actually wearing this to support pelvic health awareness during Share MayFlowers month.” This can open up discussions relating to bladder, bowel, sexual and pregnancy-related physical issues. These issues affect women (and men) worldwide, but how do we discuss this openly? How about through a wonderful campaign to raise awareness! …

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Kegels and Comedy? Meet Gusset Grippers.

February 3, 2014 | 3 Comments

Meet Gusset Grippers. Stand-up comedy about ‘wee’, ‘pish’, and ‘banging on’. The 1st Pelvic Professional Spotlight MEET GUSSET GRIPPERS! Who is Elaine Miller, A.K.A Gussie Grips, Gusset Grippers? Usually, discussing matters of urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse is NO laughing matter. However, there’s a fabulous, hilarious physiotherapist in the UK (Edinburgh, Scotland) who’s found a unique way to bring these topics to the comedy stage with grace. Her timing and comedic knack are special qualities; and so is her ability to educate about very important pelvic health topics at the same time. She is one of a kind. Who…

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What IS Pelvic Physical Therapy and Why Doesn’t EVERYONE Know About It?

December 28, 2013 | 27 Comments

True story – During graduate school (Northwestern shout out) for physical therapy over 15 years ago, I distinctly remember turning to a friend in class and stating emphatically, “Mark my words, I will NEVER EVER do what the therapist is doing in that video. NEVER. Why are we even seeing this in class?”. You may wonder what happened in that video that lead to my bold statement. Why was I so shocked at the time? Well, that was essentially my first exposure to learning about pelvic physical therapy. 

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