Category Archives: Chronic Pain

Healthy Fats for Female Athletes

Healthy Fats for Female Athletes

Over the last few decades there has been a lot of confusion about how much fat female athletes should eat and what types of fat are healthy.  When it comes to dietary fat recommendations for female athletes, there is a lot of good data that demonstrates the cardiovascular and performance benefits of eating the “right… Continue Reading

Endometriosis and Fatigue: Relieving pain and fatigue, and improving fertility with an integrative approach

Endometriosis and Fatigue: Relieving pain and fatigue, and improving fertility with an integrative approach

Up to 80% of pelvic pain is related to endometriosis, and 176 million girls and women worldwide suffer from endometriosis. Helping women to overcome endometriosis requires a multidisciplinary, integrative approach.  There is no silver bullet solution to endometriosis, but when we take a collaborative approach and dig until we find each patient’s individual healing recipe… Continue Reading

Physical Therapy and Nutrition: A Powerful Combination To Heal Pelvic Pain

Physical Therapy and Nutrition: A Powerful Combination To Heal Pelvic Pain

She’s been dealing with increasing pelvic pain symptoms for years. Newly married and ready to start a family, she worries about the effect that her pelvic pain will have on her relationship with her husband and whether she will even be able to get pregnant. She’s been coming to see you in your physical therapy… Continue Reading

Are You Suffering from Compassion Fatigue or Burnout?

Are You Suffering from Compassion Fatigue or Burnout?

Are You Suffering from Compassion Fatigue or Burnout? I want to share with you The 5 Root Causes of Women’s Health Professional Burnout. But first, let me tell you a little story… It was January of 2007.  I had just started a new job working as an inpatient physical therapist.  My expertise was in women’s… Continue Reading

Can Probiotics Help Female Athletes to Perform Better?

Can Probiotics Help Female Athletes to Perform Better?

The short answer to this question is… Yes! Probiotics and probiotic foods are an essential part of any active girl or woman’s nutrition plan for two important reasons: 1. Athletes who use probiotics have direct performance benefits.  In a placebo controlled study of 10 runners given 45 billion CFU of Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Streptococcus strains,… Continue Reading

Vulvovaginal Pain and The Immune System: Practical Steps for Vulvovaginal Pain Relief

Vulvovaginal Pain and The Immune System: Practical Steps for Vulvovaginal Pain Relief

It is well accepted that the nervous system is the ultimate “decider” when it comes to an individual’s pain response in any given moment.  You have surely experienced this yourself when a paper cut feels like your whole hand is on fire, or when you wake up with a giant bruise on your leg and… Continue Reading

Have a Healthy Holiday Smoothie

Have a Healthy Holiday Smoothie

This is a holiday recipe that I hope that you won’t need.  But, sometimes we all overdo it, push a bit too hard, eat a bit too much holiday sugar, sit next to the coughing guy on the plane, or end up on the receiving end of our kid’s snotty sneeze.  This recipe is for… Continue Reading

How Fermented Foods and Probiotic Supplements Can Help Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain

How Fermented Foods and Probiotic Supplements Can Help Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain

There is a growing understanding that the microbial composition of the digestive system, urogenital system, and urine of women with pelvic pain conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), interstitial cystitis (IC), and chronic yeast infections varies from those in healthy women. For example, women with IC have significantly higher percentages of Lactobacillus in their… Continue Reading

THE Chicken Soup for Women Recovering from Birth or Surgery

THE Chicken Soup for Women Recovering from Birth or Surgery

Recovery from birth or surgery both require similar care for the soft tissue to regain it’s strength.  Collagen is important for healing from surgical incisions, C-section incisions, and episiotomies or tears.  Collagen is also essential for maintaining bone density post-menopausally (Shan, 2006), and though it has not been studied, likely in the childbearing years as… Continue Reading

Relief for SIBO with Interstitial Cystitis Related Bladder Pain

Relief for SIBO with Interstitial Cystitis Related Bladder Pain

One of the reasons that relieving pelvic pain is so challenging is that pain in different systems within the pelvis can overlap.  For example, in rats where experimental colitis (colon irritation) was induced, many of the rats also experienced bladder and urethral pain (Yoshikawa et al., 2015).  Thus, there is clear overlap between bladder pain… Continue Reading