Pelvic Physical Therapy

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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Using an Elimination Diet to Relieve Vulvodynia and IBS

Functional Nutrition Treatment Options for Vulvodynia and IBS When the pain of vulvodynia hits - the painful sex, the pain with wearing tight pants, the pain with just sitting through a movie! - you just want it gone. Fortunately, by taking an integrative approach and getting to the root cause of your vulvodynia, it's possible to relieve your pain for the long term! You might have heard of seeking specialized…

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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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How to Heal Vulvodynia

Vulvodynia affects over 14 million women in the US alone. Vulvodynia can be a frustrating condition to treat, because vulvodynia simply means pain in the vulva (or specifically in the vulvar vestibule), the name of the condition alone doesn’t tell us much about the root cause of vulvodynia. If vulvodynia is provoked, then it’s only bothersome when the tissue is irritated, such as during sex, when wiping after using the…

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Women, Safety, and Pain

In a study, recently published in BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, the researchers asked 21 women who had never had children, through face-to-face interviews and written questionnaires, about their experiences.(1)  They were interviewed and questioned before and after their first birth experience. "The overall theme to emerge from the data was that the pain a woman may be feeling during labour is given a meaning and it is the meaning of the…

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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 of therapies, mindsets, and support, healing is available. What is Endometriosis? Endometriosis is a common…

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How Adrenal Health and Hormone Balance Support Pelvic Pain Relief

Cortisol and Pelvic Pain Imbalanced cortisol levels throughout the day have been directly related to chronic pain, in general and in patients with chronic pelvic pain.  High cortisol and pelvic pain is more often found in men with pelvic pain, and in women with pelvic pain, flattened cortisol curves are more common (Goodin et al., 2012.) Surprisingly, the foundation of the endocrine system is not the sex hormones, it's the…

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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 practice for the last couple of months in hopes of finally resolving the pain that…

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Delicious Collagen Smoothies for Postpartum Moms

Supporting postpartum recovery for new moms is an essential skills for all women’s health physical therapists, fitness professionals, nutritionists, and other women’s health and wellness professionals.  The postnatal year is a time when women need emotional support, practical support, and physical support. Today we’re going to discuss vital aspects of nutrition for supporting tissue recovery in the pelvic floor and abdominal wall for postpartum women. A few weeks ago, I…

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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 don’t even remember the injury (and you haven’t been drinking!) What is the influence of…

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