Exercise

Alumni Spotlight: Heba Shaheed Nurturing New Mothers Globally

Our Women's Health Coach graduate and physical therapist Heba Shaheed is a Sydney, Australia based powerhouse.  Known as The Pelvic Expert, Heba is now reaching new mothers all over the globe with her unique Mother Nurture program. I had the honor of witnessing her amazing growth as she took our Women's Health Coach Certification and ran with it!  Heba recently had a new baby of her own, and began to…

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Pelvic Pain and Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Terry Wahls

Chronic Pelvic Pain and Autoimmunity... Is there a connection? In my practice, many of my patients who struggle with chronic pelvic pain also have autoimmune conditions.  Even those who don't have clear autoimmune diagnoses, often have autoimmune issues - such as intestinal barrier inflammation, food sensitivities, immune hyper-responsiveness, and chronic inflammation. In this interview with Dr. Terry Wahls, we discussed her approach to reversing autoimmune disease, and the connections between…

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Postpartum Care is Undervalued and Underserved, How You Can Help

Just under 4 million babies are born in the United States each year (1), approximately 700,000 in the UK (2), and over 300,000 in Australia (3).  In total, 130 million babies are born in the world every year! (4) After having a baby, the healthcare focus generally shifts from the pregnant woman to the baby.  Immediately the focus is on infant health, feeding, and sleeping habits. Often maternal recovery is…

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Exercise and Hormones for Women over 40

80% of adults don’t even get the minimum recommended amount of exercise recommended by the CDC and similar public health organizations - 2 days per week of strength training and 150 minutes per week of moderate aerobic exercise.(1)  Exercise for women over 40 is essential.  But, it's important to consider a number of factors before starting a fitness program. Starting with an intense spinning, Cross Fit, or other training program…

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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 size" amount of healthy fat - not too much and not too little.  Additionally, the…

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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 and pelvic health.  But, the position was an interesting combination of inpatient women’s oncology, high…

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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, the run time to fatigue increased (mins 37:44 ± 2:42 versus 33:00 ± 2:27; P=…

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From Carb Loading to Gluten Free: Field Notes from an Active Mom (and Physical Therapist)

What are the benefits of going gluten free for female athletes?  Please enjoy this guest post from Dr. Carolyn Dolan, DPT of Renosoar... As a past college athlete and now an everyday athlete in the form of active-mother and occasional Crossfit athlete, I have dramatically changed how I fuel my body to optimize my performance. In one word to encompass how I fuel my body today is the word “gluten…

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A Foundation of Stability – Guest Post by A.J. Grzesiak, PT, DPT, OCS of STEPRIGHT™ Stability System

A few months ago I met A.J. Grzesiak, PT, DPT, OCS of STEPRIGHT™ Stability System at The American Physical Therapy Association's Combined Section's Meeting.  He has created a piece of functional training equipment that I believe could be of value for our clients who struggle with the structural instability that can contribute to pelvic pain and pelvic floor weakness.  I have invited him today to introduce you to his company…

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Stealth Fitness: An easy way to fit more movement into your day

I'm thrilled to share this guest post with you from one of my top students, Dr. Brianne Grogan, DPT.  Now that I spend so much time writing and so much less time running around the hospital floors, this is an issue that's become very important in my own life.  I just read a study yesterday that showed that standing and taking a walk for just five minutes every hour can…

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