At Embody, we understand that incontinence is related to more than simply weakness in the pelvic floor musculature, “tightness” in the muscles, having a baby, or because of changes related to aging. We look at all of you, and how your trunk (aka “core") and pelvic floor work together. We utilize RUSI (real time ultrasound imaging) to visualize your bladder, your trunk and musculature, and use this as a form of evaluation and feedback as we retrain your muscles. We educate you about anatomy, how your body works together, and how we can retrain.
RUSI: Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging. This non-invasive tool allows PTs to obtain objective measurements and to visualize deep and superficial muscle and fascial movement and function. It also allows us to evaluate (and retrain) deep pelvic floor function without internal evaluation. Briefly, it allows us to see what your muscles are doing. As importantly, it allows … Continue reading A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words (or the “Ah-Ha” moment when you see your muscles working!)
Men Have a Pelvic Floor?? And PTs Work with Men, TOO?? Yes, Men have a Pelvic Floor. The musculature and function is the same (basically!) as in women. A primary difference is that in the male pelvic floor, there are only 2 passages through, the rectum and in the urethra. The pelvic floor in men, … Continue reading Let’s Hear it for the Guys! Yes, They Have Pelvic Floors!
If you read no farther, know that you can create change in your bone mass, health, and strength at any age! Osteoporosis is a “silent disease”. It is often not diagnosed until you have a fracture. More commonly now, it is recommended that women have a DEXA scan (bone density evaluation) after the age of … Continue reading Making the Choice for Growth In Your Bone Health and Osteoporosis
“Hi. I have Bad Posture”. A statement that we often hear when we meet someone and tell them that we are PTs. Or the new patient who immediately begins to apologize for their “bad posture”(either perceived or because someone else has told them) I saw a friend with her 15 month old granddaughter the other … Continue reading Is it “Bad” Posture, or Habit Posture?
Congratulations!!! Your body just did an amazing thing in delivering your baby! The last 40 weeks or so have been preparing you to bring this child into the world, and you have. Now what?? I’m not going to sugar coat this; having a baby is hard work, and you will have discomfort and/or pain after. … Continue reading A Conversation with a New Mom (or Mom-to-be)
Physical Therapists are movement and function experts. They know and understand how the body works, and can help you to move in different, better, and more efficient ways…with less pain and with improved strength and balance. BUT, and it’s a big but
A new client the other day when I asked her what might limit her PT potential :Her: "Lack of motivation."Me: "Could you explain that? After all, you are here and want to address your Diastasis and how … Continue reading PT, C-sections, and Restoring Your “Core”
Wait…pain “down there?” Yes, pain in the nether regions. Areas that we tend to talk about in hushed tones, in private, or with an embarrassed laugh. Why do we even need to designate a month for awareness of pelvic pain? It’s because it is an issue for women and also for men, and is still … Continue reading Pelvic Pain: Why, What, and I how do I Make Changes?
My first child was a stubborn labor and delivery; perhaps due to my inability to breathe and be “easy and relaxed”, perhaps due to going to the hospital too soon and being plopped into bed with limited walking and movement (it was 30 years ago), or perhaps simply due to her positioning, size, and my … Continue reading A Birth Story, Why the Core Matters, & Why We Advocate For New (and not new) Mom Care