Valsalva and the Vaginal Vacuum

Terminology and Technique for Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation The time has arrived to correctly describe and effectively use the Valsalva maneuver–and the all-important Vaginal Vacuum that can accompany the maneuver–in pelvic floor rehabilitation. How one performs the Valsalva breath holding technique is an important consideration in pelvic floor health and rehabilitation. The Valsalva maneuver was introducedContinue reading “Valsalva and the Vaginal Vacuum”

Every”body” is Unique!

  Healing and re-training your muscles can be a slow process. 🐌 Every”body” responds differently to therapy and treatments. Our therapists take into consideration your particular goals and how your body is responding to exercises, manual therapies and modalities. Pain and musculoskeletal dysfunctions often contain many layers and may require a multi disciplinary approach. WeContinue reading “Every”body” is Unique!”

Postpartum Strong® Workshop!

  Are you pregnant, postpartum or planning to have kids? 👶🏼🧒🏾👶🏿👶🏻 . Don’t miss out on our first Postpartum Strong® workshop of 2019! . Our workshops are a great way to get connected with other moms, learn about your amazing body and have an engaging Q & A time! (All those things you wanted toContinue reading “Postpartum Strong® Workshop!”

January is Cervical Health Month

As you may have figured out . . . we are pretty passionate about the pelvic floor. Yes, January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, but how does it relate to the pelvic floor? . We know that any condition that causes pain in the pelvic organs (bladder, urethra, uterus, cervix, vagina, rectum) can cause pelvicContinue reading “January is Cervical Health Month”

Heal your body, from the inside out!

Do you notice changes in your body? Are you experiencing aches, pains or weakness that wasn’t there before? . You may feel like this is just your new normal or that there’s so much you can’t control. . Whether you’ve just given birth, are dealing with a sports injury or just want to be strongerContinue reading “Heal your body, from the inside out!”

The limited role opioids play in treating chronic pain

Potentially addictive opioid💊 painkillers are often prescribed for chronic pain, but they actually work only slightly better than placebo pills, a new review shows. . The analysis, of 96 clinical trials, found that on average, opioids made only a small difference for people with conditions like osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and sciatica. “Opioids should not be aContinue reading “The limited role opioids play in treating chronic pain”

Happy 17th Birthday To Us!

  It has been a pleasure serving the RVA community for 17 years! Thank you for your support!     First private physical therapy practice focusing solely on pelvic health & women’s health conditions     Established the second APTA credentialed Women’s Health Residency     Ongoing mentoring programs for students from many top UniversitiesContinue reading “Happy 17th Birthday To Us!”

Having a Baby is Like an Athletic Event.

Women across the world 🌎 routinely see a musculoskeletal specialist, a physical therapist, not just for sports injury and ortho rehab… but to decrease pain and increase function, after having a baby! 👶 . This is why we created Postpartum Strong . . . a specialized and individualized program for women during their last trimesterContinue reading “Having a Baby is Like an Athletic Event.”

“How Can I Have Faster Recovery Post-Baby?”

Sit-ups, planks, burpees, tons of cardio, barre, Pilates, CrossFit and/or HIIT routines…? 💦 . Actually, (and according to research-based studies) your body recovers faster when you -first- strengthen from the inside out. . This may mean doing exercises that feel so gentle, you may not feel like you are exercising at all. 🧘 . AfterContinue reading ““How Can I Have Faster Recovery Post-Baby?””

The Role of Physical Therapy After Surgery and During Cancer Treatment

The goal of physical therapy after surgery and during cancer treatment (radiation, chemotherapy) is to minimize side effects and to optimize function. . Physical Therapy interventions include: . Manual Therapy: Manual Therapy is defined as skilled hands on treatment to the joints, muscles, fascia and scar. This can help with restricted range of motion, painContinue reading “The Role of Physical Therapy After Surgery and During Cancer Treatment”