Why the pelvic floor muscles may be the “missing link” in chronic low back pain

I’m a physical therapist that has a unique specialty: pelvic health and women’s health. I work in an office surrounded by orthopedic physical therapists who sometimes struggle to understand why I became interested in the pelvic floor.

I had been a physical therapist for many years when I began to need a change of direction in my career. I began to have children which allowed me to transition from outpatient physical therapy focusing on neurological conditions and chronic pain to post-surgical inpatient physical therapy during the early years of my children. I then began to transition back into outpatient physical therapy. It was after the birth of my third daughter that I realized I had pelvic floor problems. After her delivery I had been struggling with pelvic pain related to a precipitous labor…

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Exercise Reduces Pain Related to Osteoarthritis

Arthritis is estimated to affect approximately 250 million people worldwide and cost $81 billion in direct medical costs annually. The term arthritis actually refers to numerous different conditions that cause inflammation of one or more joints. The most common of these conditions is osteoarthritis (OA) which often causes joint pain and stiffness.

When diagnosed with OA many people begin to feel fearful of exercise. They may be afraid that physical activity will make the condition worse, when in fact the opposite is true.

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Improving Health and Wellness for Erie, Firestone and Beyond

I have spent 15 years as a physical therapist working with many talented and inspiring therapists and mentors. These people have helped me to find my place as a caregiver and a teacher so that I may better the lives of my patients. I consider myself very fortunate to have shared in the recovery of so many people over the years. Now, as the owner of a physical therapy clinic, I have the opportunity to shape how care is delivered on a larger scale. This is why I am so proud of the exceptional team that we have established at Integral Physical Therapy. This is by far the most talented, passionate and caring group with whom I have ever worked. Every day I am overwhelmed with pride of the great care and compassion that they show toward our patients.

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