By Dr. Allison Feldt, PT, DPT
I’m so excited to share with you that I just had my first work out where I could really push my core and didn’t feel like I was hurting myself. I finally feel like I am getting back some of the innate stability my joints should have. Meaning that my joints aren’t as hypermobile or “loose” like they were during my pregnancy and during postpartum so far. Initially that hypermobility is from relaxin and even though relaxin leaves within 4 days of delivery, the joints take a lot longer to return to normal. [...]
Neck pain and upper back pain may be two of the most common ailments people experience. From struggling to move your neck, to worrying about the position you sit in on your favorite sofa, pain in the upper torso is debilitating. Yet, many of those who experience these kinds of issues haven’t suffered a fall, twisted their necks unnaturally, or been on rollercoasters since their pain started. For most people, the cause of neck pain or upper back discomfort can’t be pinpointed: there is no single unique moment in which their backs or necks could have been injured. What then? How did they come to be in so much pain? And if you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking the same thing about yourself. Fear not, however, because we’re here to help. In this post, we’ll be investigating the hidden causes that have led to your neck and upper back pain. We’ll also be looking at what to do about it and which steps to take next. [...]
Tonight I sneezed and did not pee!!! I am super pumped about this BECAUSE last week I got hit with a bad bout of allergies. I was sneezing and coughing and my pelvic floor could not sustain this and I was peeing myself every time I sneezed or coughed. I had to even change my pants a few times which I was embarrassed about. I’m a pelvic floor physical therapist, so you would think I would have my core together and my pelvic floor would be super strong! For the most part, it is. However, I have a pelvic organ prolapse and what happens to me when I get a flare up is I occasionally leak, aka pee. [...]
Hi. Dr. Allison Feldt here, and I wanted to share a little philosophy that I have. This is simply food for thought and one of many considerations. I help many pregnant women and what really has been the highlight of a lot of conversations lately is talking about going into labor naturally and on your own. Without being induced. One thing that I think is really important to consider when you are planning to have a delivery is your current work schedule and or end date of working For may moms this is your due date. So, like, say you're due May 23rd. That was the due date with my son. And a lot of women will work up until that exact time.
Incontinence, also known as peeing your pants, is a continuous struggle for thousands of women. Although you may have accepted this as a fact of life for you, what if I told you that this meant you have a dysfunction of one of your essential core muscles? Would that make you care? What if those core muscles determined if you were going to be old in diapers or not? Or in a wheelchair or not? Would that help you care? I meet lots of women who don’t mind that they leak urine. It’s a fact. I mean they still run, CrossFit, Pilates, barre, orange theory and yoga. It doesn't matter. They leak, and they don’t care because it's been happening for so long and they want to maintain their exercise routine since that’s what keeps them “healthy”. However, what is very important to know is that incontinence is a sign of pelvic floor dysfunction. What does that mean? You have a hole in your core. Your core is not functioning in the way it is supposed to.
This can be scary for most moms. Let's be honest. You grew a human in your belly, aka uterus, which is connected to your cervix which then expands to let the baby out or is cut open to pull the baby out. That may be graphic or hard to hear but birth is real. Both types of deliveries are massive events on a women’s body. Some women have lots of sex during pregnancy, others have very little or none. Whichever category you fall into, thinking about having sex or being intimate after you have just had a human extracted from your body is pretty hard to wrap your head around
Hi. My name is Dr. Allison Feldt, PT, DPT with Body Motion Physical Therapy. I want to go over something that I hear a lot of women talk about. Oftentimes, I'll hear women say they feel like they have a "heaviness in their vagina," "something just feels different down there," "they leak urine or dribble after they're done peeing" and they get up from the toilet seat and they feel like...and they see that they've leaked on the toilet seat or dribbled urine on the toilet seat. Sometimes they'll feel like something is coming out of their body. Women often report queefing, which is like a vaginal noise that comes out of their vagina when they're at, yoga or barre or doing Pilates. One can also experience inability to control urine, which is incontinence. And then, they can also say that they feel like their husband's hitting something when they're having intercourse. These are a couple of the things I hear a lot, and these are all indicative of pelvic organ prolapse. This is when the certain organs start to lose their support inside the body and gently descend.
Hi, my name is Dr. Allison Felt, and I'm a physical therapist and owner of Body Motion Physical Therapy. So, I wanna start by saying going want to talk a little bit about the diastasis recti. And so that's the split abdominal wall and I've touched on this on other videos. But really what I wanna focus on here is that you really don't have to even get one, this is something that can be prevented. Honestly, I think the minute you find out you're pregnant, you should head on over to the physical therapist and they can help you a lot. Identify the muscle that can help prevent you from splitting your abdominals throughout as you grow through pregnancy.
“I am 20 weeks pregnant and the pain in my right leg and piriformis is preventing me from working.” Said Heidi, a worried 34 year old who can’t recall a specific event where she hurt herself but she is now experiencing unbearable pain during her pregnancy. She is worried because she only gets 12 weeks off from work and wants to work up until the end of her pregnancy so her entire leave can be spent with her new baby. She’d been suffering from the deep achy pain in her buttock which shoots down her leg when she sits at work. She tosses and turns at night as she just can’t get comfortable no matter how many pillows she uses.
Do you think peeing your pants while you exercise, sneeze, or run to the toilet is normal? I have some great news. This is not normal! Its super common but NOT NORMAL! And there is even something you can do about it!
Hi. The welcome to the pregnant body workshop kicks off on Monday night and I am excited to see you guys there. This is gonna be some information that truly every pregnant woman deserves to know, and these tips can be applied throughout any point during your pregnancy. And they are guaranteed to help improve your outcomes after you deliver the baby. So, I'm so excited to share all this fun information with you and I know it's hard to decide what's gonna be best when making decisions regarding your health during this time. So, you have made a good decision here and you are gonna get all the information you need. I'll be around for questions and I'm just gonna be a resource throughout your journey that you can consult with. So, I'm so excited to see you guys there and there'll be some opportunities to work with me in the future if you desire. So, I'm looking forward to meeting you guys there and seeing all of your bumps. Bye.
Hi, guys. I wanted to make a quick little video to help a friend out who is having some pretty bad back pain. She's about 21 or 22 weeks pregnant, and her back is just flaring up for the last three days, and it's excruciating. She thinks maybe it was her sciatic nerve or maybe she bruised her back. And so, this is for those pregnant mamas out there who have that intense low back pain and just feel like maybe you can't make it through the end of this pregnancy.
What is harder than losing the post pregnancy weight?
You have a new stress (a magical little one) but still an additional life to protect, nourish and comfort.
You are not getting the 8 hours of sleep that you thrive off of.
You are busy managing your house hold.
You are working.
You are attempting to manage and nurture the important friendships around you and avoid neglecting the best ones.
You have suffered birth injuries or changes that are limiting your ability to kick your weight loss routine into high gear.
And the list goes on….. You might just wait to try to get in shape once you’re done having kids because you are pretty sure you will have another baby so might as well wait until your completely done to tackle the weight.
So where to start?
Whether this is your first pregnancy or your fourth, we can all relate to that feeling where you get home from a long day at work or a long day chasing the kids around and just need to kick back and throw your feet up. Then you wake up, maybe re-energized or maybe more tired but hey you do it all again because you simply don't have another choice. Then all of the sudden you are struck with sharp low back pain and your pubic bone is painful to the touch. You now are left awake with these deep aches and you can’t seem to get comfortable. You wake up exhausted and are unsure if you actually ever did fall asleep.
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