Category Archives: Physical therapy

Using an Elimination Diet to Relieve Vulvodynia and IBS

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… Continue Reading

Pelvic Pain and Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Terry Wahls

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… Continue Reading

How to Heal Vulvodynia

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… Continue Reading

Women, Safety, and Pain

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… Continue Reading

Exercise and Hormones for Women over 40

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… 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

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

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.… Continue Reading