Christine Pieton

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The Four B’s For Getting Back to Running After Baby – Part 4 ~ Begin with Breaks

Mamas, break it up to build it up! So you don’t end up broken down! Being intentional with your breaks will help you get back to running after the baby sooner. This is where SO many mother runners sideline themselves by adding too much volume too quickly. I know your brain is ready to get …

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The Four B’s For Getting Back to Running After Baby – Part 3 ~ Balance and Bounce

One of the more challenging components of getting back to running after having a baby is relearning how to balance & bounce on one leg! Your body has gone through an incredible transformation to create life, which required A LOT of physical changes to your muscles, soft tissues, and joints. These changes don’t immediately disappear …

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The Four B’s For Getting Back to Running After Baby – Part 2 ~ Build your Base

What do a house and your pelvis have in common? They both require a solid foundation to be successful. What do I mean? Let’s dive in. Imagine you’re building a house. Would you start with the roof and walls, or lay the foundation first? The latter, right? Without a solid base, you have nothing to …

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Why low impact workouts make you a better runner

Low impact workouts are greatly underappreciated by most runners. Many believe low impact always means low intensity, and therefore a lesser value sweat session, but this could not be further from the truth! Low impact sessions are a necessary ingredient for high performing runners, especially postpartum runners, and they can be both low and high …

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Pelvic floor tear recovery vs muscle injury during sport recovery. Why these two should not be that different…

Imagine you’re training for a half marathon. You’re halfway through a training run and suddenly find yourself landing hard on the ground and grab your thigh in agonizing pain. You follow up with your orthopedic doctor and learn you’ve suffered a grade 2 muscle strain of your hamstring. She’s recommended you hold off on running …

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How to find the right Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist for YOU!

This is important… I saw three new patients in my office this week. All three had been through pelvic floor physical therapy (PFPT) before. When they called to inquire about PFPT with me, they all shared that they felt like they had failed PFPT previously because they were still navigating pelvic floor symptoms on the …

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How can a pelvic floor physical therapist help me during my pregnancy?

Aches and pains are common, but do not have to be your “normal” throughout pregnancy. If you have a provider on your medical team who dismisses your discomfort and/or tells you “that’s just what happens, you’re growing a baby,” I respectfully encourage you to find a new one, ASAP! Every mama deserves support from a …

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Pelvic floor tear recovery vs muscle injury during sport recovery. Why these two should not be that different…

Imagine you’re training for a half marathon. You’re halfway through a training run and suddenly find yourself landing hard on the ground and grab your thigh in agonizing pain. You follow up with your orthopedic doctor and learn you’ve suffered a grade 2 muscle strain on your hamstring. She’s recommended you hold off on running …

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Why “just listen to your body”, just isn’t enough!

Just listen to your body, and ease back into things…many mamas are given this advice after their 6 week postpartum check-up. While this recommendation is well intended, it is far from helpful. Here’s why: It’s vague and waaaayyy too general It leaves mamas on their own to figure things out It assumes everyone knows what …

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“Lemme pee real quick!” STOP power peeing! You’re overpowering your pelvic floor!

“Lemme pee real quick!” ???????? Ladies: STOP ? DROP your ?fully on the seat, and let that stream ?ROLL on its own. HOVERING and/or PUSHING Isn’t doing you any favors. And by you, I mean your bladder AND your pelvic floor. I used to be guilty of doing this, too. I had no idea that …

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Sharing your postpartum journey improves maternal outcomes

“I thought I was the only one…” “Nobody tells you this stuff…” “Why is there so much preparation for pregnancy and delivery, but nothing afterwards?” “Why doesn’t anyone talk about how hard postpartum is, especially those first few months?” “I wish someone would have told me.” This is what I hear over and over again …

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-Ribcage Rotation- Why it’s important and how it impacts your pelvic floor

✨Your ribcage is connected to your pelvic floor ✨ Our primary breathing muscle (diaphragm) works with our pelvic floor How well our diaphragm works depends on how well our ribcage moves How well our ribcage moves depends on how well it can rotate ? Test this for yourself: 1⃣ Slump forward in your chair and …

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Period and Performance

Ladies, our monthly cycle impacts our athletic performance, period. The hormonal changes that naturally occur throughout the month influence our: cardiovascular system, respiratory rate, temperature regulation, strength output, insulin sensitivity, soft tissue flexibility, when we prefer to utilize carbohydrates vs fats for energy, just to name a few…it’s not just in our heads (that’s another …

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Got knee pain? How’s your pelvic floor strength? Did you know they could be related?

Let me tell you a story… A common story I hear all too frequently from my patients: “My knee has been bothering me for a few weeks. It first started when I began increasing my mileage, but would bother me mostly after my runs so it was hard to tell at first. I kept running …

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Telehealth Physical Therapy: Just as Effective as In-Person Visits

With all the changes happening in the world today – virtual doctors appointments, Zoom happy hour with friends, video calls for board meetings, etc. – we’re seemingly bombarded with a sensory overload. Technology has somehow taken the place of more traditional modes of communication during the COVID-19 era, and this can be frustrating, taxing, and …

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Headaches: What To Do When You Just Can’t Get Rid of Them

Headaches can strike at any time – without invite or warning – and if you’re anything like the majority of people out there, they can often affect your mood, energy levels, and general wellbeing. For some, though, headaches can be more than a passing inconvenience, with pain and discomfort lasting for a much longer time …

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Why Leaking While Running Isn’t OK – Part 3

Why Leaking While Running Isn’t Ok – Part 3 Welcome back to the third and final installment of this pelvic health series! Thank you for your interest in this important topic. Before I dive into today’s material, let’s quickly review what we’ve covered so far… In part one: We talked about how leaking while running …

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Why Leaking While Running Isn’t OK – Part 2

Why Leaking While Running Isn’t OK – Part 2   Welcome back to the second installment of this important pelvic health series. In my first post, I explained leaking while running is common (one in three ladies!), but that it is by no means normal, and should not be something that you simply surrender to …

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Why Leaking While Running Isn’t OK – Part 1

Why Leaking (Urine) While Running Isn’t OK Do you make sure to pee before and sometimes during your workout, just in case? Do you wear a pad when you run because leaking is usually a thing? Do you intentionally wear dark colored clothing to hide any leakage that might happen? If you answered yes to any …

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How To Incorporate Pilates Into Your Running Routine

How To Incorporate Pilates Into Your Running Routine (and my top 5 mat pilates exercises for runners!) In my last post, I discussed the many benefits of incorporating Pilates into your weekly workouts to improve overall strength and running performance. Perhaps you’re curious to explore this movement practice, but are unsure where to start. This …

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Got Knee Pain While Running? How’s Your Cadence?

Got knee pain while running? How’s your cadence? Knee pain is a common complaint amongst runners, and often one of the most prevalent reasons for keeping a runner sidelined. Such aches and pains are usually the result of a number of factors, but a common denominator related to such injures is a suboptimal cadence (1-5). …

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