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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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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 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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Sacroiliac Joint Pain – Part 3

Sacroiliac Joint Pain – Part 3 This week’s post is the third and final installment of the Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ) Pain Series. I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about this specialty topic. If you’ve just recently joined our SIJ conversation, I encourage you to check out part 1 and part 2 where I discussed the following: …

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Sacroiliac Joint Pain – Part 2

Sacroiliac Joint Pain – Part 2 Welcome back to the second installment of Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ) dysfunction. In last week’s post I introduced what the SIJ is and why it’s a commonly associated with low back pain complaints. I also explained that there are three important muscular systems that influence the SIJ, and went into …

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Sacroiliac Joint Pain – Part 1

Sacroiliac Joint Pain – Part 1 You’ve just finished crushing it this morning in the gym doing a combination of running and resistance training. You’re flying high on your exercise endorphins, and impressed with your new levels of fitness. Later on while sitting at your desk you start to notice an ache in your low …

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“Wait…you do what?”

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy “Wait, you do what?!” In my final year of physical therapy school, I received one three-hour lecture about Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy (PFPT). I remember sitting there, staring wide-eyed, at the PowerPoint presentation that was being delivered by a PT alum (Go Emory!) who specialized in this area. She passionately explained …

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To stretch or not to stretch? That is the question…

“What stretches should I do to help me reduce my risk for injury?” “Will stretches help decrease muscle soreness after my workout?” “What stretches should I be doing to help me with my athletic performance? “When should I do dynamic vs static stretching? Does it matter?” These are some of the most common stretching questions …

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Why is my shoulder such a pain in the neck? Part 2

Why is my shoulder such a pain in the neck? Part 2 – Posture Edition “Sit up tall, pull your shoulders back, no slouching! It’s not good for your health!” How many times have you heard your mother, teacher, Pilates instructor, physical therapist, etc… remind you to fix your posture? Too many, right?! We’re all guilty …

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How Strong Is Your Foundation?

Without a stable base, it’s only a matter of time before a system begins to breakdown. For our bodies, the pelvis and the muscles that surround it are our foundation.The hips don’t lie…Shakira had it right. Maintaining adequate hip strength and deep core control are necessary for keeping that foundation stable. Runners with hip weakness …

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How to choose the right running shoes

Imagine you’re in the process of buying a new car. If you’re like me, you’ve done ample research online, made a list of what features you need, considered safety and miles per gallon, and then headed to the dealership for a test drive to finalize your decision. I would never purchase a car without taking it for a spin, as …

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Three Things All Runners Need To Be Doing

How do I stay injury free? I get asked this question almost daily from my patients. There is no perfect formula you can follow, unfortunately. Injury doesn’t discriminate; it’s an equal opportunist. The best predictor for future injury is your previous history of injury. As runners, the statistics are not in our favor. Between 50-75% …

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Welcome to my website!

Hello and welcome to my new website! I’m excited to share it’s launch with you and look forward to using my blog as a platform for communicating about orthopedic-based physical therapy (PT), Pilates, and all related topics in between. I will be writing from a PT’s perspective, while also sharing my personal experiences of being a patient. Yes, we PT’s get to be …

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