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What Is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy With Dr. Sarah White-Hamilton

pelvic health physical therapy Oct 27, 2021

Note: Reshape Physical Therapy and Wellness evolved into Weight Loss for Health, and finally Zivli. How to Lose Weight After 50 was our first course that eventually grew into Zivli. Some old blog posts or resources mentioned in this episode may have been removed. 

If you struggle with urinary or bowel incontinence, painful intercourse, constipation, or urinary frequency you may benefit from pelvic floor therapy. Dr. Sarah White-Hamilton joins us to explain pelvic floor dysfunction including symptoms, causes, and treatment. 


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Highlights From This Episode

[0:00] Why I could never be a pelvic floor therapist.

[3:00] When can a child benefit from pelvic health physical therapy?

[3:54] When would a woman benefit from pelvic health physical therapy?

[6:20] What is the pelvic floor and what are its functions?

[7:26] What are the signs and symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction?

[10:59] What can you expect from a pelvic floor physical therapy examination?

[12:19] Explanation of an internal pelvic floor muscle examination.

[17:10] Fun Fact: Why we squeeze our knees together when we have to urinate.

[19:30] How physical therapists can use biofeedback to improve your pelvic floor strength.

[22:40] How to self-assess to see if you have a strong pelvic floor.

[24:36] How to strengthen your pelvic floor with and without internal weights.

[26:36] Tips to not leak when you’re lifting weights, walking, dancing, or jumping.

[37:25] What accessory muscles should be strengthened for a stronger pelvic floor?

[40:27] Risk factors for pelvic floor dysfunction.

[45:04] Why abdominal weight increases the risk of pelvic floor dysfunction.

[50:40] Case study of urinary and fecal incontinence.

[56:00] Ergonomic considerations to improve incontinence.


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