We've all been there ... our hands clutching at our thighs in the hope of relieving hip stress as we get up or sit down; a grimace on our faces as we try to grapple with what we think are signs of aging while easing into the bath; a frown as we get out of the car, straining to carry the weight in our legs, not our hips. Hip pain: most of us have experienced it, and if you're reading this, you are probably still suffering from its tell tale discomfort.
And yet, for most of you, the pain isn't related to any sort of injury you can think of - it just arrived and has decided to stay. The good news is, thought its origins are unknown, hip pain can be treated and alleviated. In this post, we're looking at some of the reasons you might be suffering from hip discomfort - and better still - some of the ways in which you can become pain free, right now.
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Your pelvic floor muscles are part of your deep core muscles consisting of: Transverse Abdominis, multifidus on your back, pelvic floor and diaphragm. Pelvic floor functions to stabilize the bottom of your “core canister” Any increase in pressure to the canister (from holding your breath, straining, or even just lifting a heavy load) creates forces for your pelvic floor to control. Urine, gas or bowel leakage with lifting generally is a signal that your pelvic floor muscles are not working optimally. Some problems could be:
It's almost that time again ... the kids are going back to school! The school supplies are front and center in the stores. And included in the supply list is a backpack to carry it all. Choosing the right backpack, adjusting for the right fit and filling it appropriately are very important to the health of your child's back - at any age. I've included general principles to follow and specific guidelines below for each age range.
Most movement activities involve standing on your feet. And just like a good building, a strong foundation is needed to keep the structures stable and healthy. If your foot foundation tends to roll to the inside excessively, you are a pronator. If instead it tends to roll to the outside, you are a supinator. The easiest way to find this out is to walk barefoot with wet feet on concrete.
If you have been following along with me for a while in these blogs we have already covered some of the more common side effects from prostate cancer treatment and prostate removal. If you haven’t, scroll down to read more about post prostatectomy pain and erectile dysfunction. One of the most common and probably most bothersome side effects from having the prostate removed is urine leakage (or incontinence). In general this problem is divided into 2 main types. You may find that you experience one or the other and some people experience both.
Erectile Dysfunction- try physical therapy first!
Erectile dysfunction is defined as the inability to get or maintain an erection that is firm enough for satisfying sexual activity. It can also refer to the inability to get or maintain an erection that is as rigid as it used to be (1). Erectile dysfunction is more common in older age groups, but can be diagnosed at any age. In younger individuals this can be a sign of a serious underlying condition including Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer. Erectile Dysfunction is also a common side effect after prostatectomy.
How does physical therapy help?
*This post is intended as general wellness information and is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment.
Many doctors are changing their thinking on how we support baby, mom and dad in the first three months after birth, which has lead to the term “4th trimester”. Previously, there has been so much focus on the 9 (or sometimes 10) months leading up to a healthy birth, but not as much information or planning for after. Many mothers feel overwhelmed and underprepared for what to expect when they go home from the hospital. This can be an especially challenging time for moms (and new dads) who feel like they have to “get back to normal” or “have it all together”.
For 9 months, baby is in their perfect environment... eating whenever he or she wants, going to the bathroom whenever and wherever; it is warm, it is safe, there is a constant hum of noise from mom. Then birth….not the most friendly introduction to the world, for you or your little one. There is pressure, pain and sometimes a long recovery. Now baby has longer gaps between feeding, is sleeping in a new place, there are bright lights, and loud sounds. Some experts have described babies in the first three months of life as “fetuses outside the womb” They still need almost constant support from mom, but unlike in the womb, these needs aren’t met automatically.
Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer to affect North American men (1). Approximately 1 in 9 men in the US will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives. While it is less common for diagnosis in men under the age of 50, 1 in 59 men age 50-59 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and the rate shoots up to 1 in 13 for men age 70-79. Risk factors for prostate cancer include age, family history of cancer, genetic factors, race, lifestyle and dietary habits. 60% of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over age 60. African American men are 76% more likely to develop prostate cancer compared to white men, and more likely to die from the disease, obesity also increases the risk of prostate cancer as well as the risk of more serious side effects (2).
This is the time of year when we turn our thoughts to New Year's Resolutions and our personal fitness. Often those goals are frustrated by injuries, distractions, or discouragement. Here are some ways to prevent that, and turn those resolutions into healthy habits!
For many of us, the holiday season is accompanied by food, family, and oftentimes a headache or two. Headaches are, in fact, one of the most common ailments many patients face during the festive season – albeit literally or figuratively!
When it comes to pain, though, the good news is that headaches don’t have to be a guaranteed side effect of your time off. Luckily, there are ways to relieve your headache and even prevent it happening in the first place. This post offers you some highly effective tips for overcoming your headaches and staving off any future pain. Take a look: