Your pelvic floor muscles are 30% sprinters, 70% marathoners. Part 1.

That’s right. Your pelvic floor muscles are 30% fast twitch fibers and 70% slow twitch fibers. That means doing traditional kegels is really only getting 30% of function (think: sort of like using sprints to train for a marathon…which seems silly doesn’t it?!). And let’s be real. Many days or weeks in a postpartum mother’sContinue reading “Your pelvic floor muscles are 30% sprinters, 70% marathoners. Part 1.”

“It’s up to everyone…”

“It’s up to all of us – Black, white, everyone – no matter how well meaning we think we might be, to do the honest uncomfortable work of rooting it out. It starts with self-examination and listening to all those lives who are different from our own. It ends with justice, compassion, and empathy thatContinue reading ““It’s up to everyone…””

Rest for the Weary

If we were to poll all you new moms out there, the vast majority of you would say that sleep deprivation is one of the hardest parts about becoming a mother. It’s probably tied for first place with the challenge of having a new postpartum body. Not only is getting exercise difficult because your bodyContinue reading “Rest for the Weary”

My OB said I can start exercising. So I did. But my pelvis feels like an alien and I pee everywhere. What do I do? Part 2 of 2.

In part 1 of this blog series, we laid out an all-too-common scenario that postpartum mothers face when they are ready to return to exercise. We discussed individual pre/postnatal considerations, risk factors, and sign/symptoms to watch for when returning to exercise. So, as promised, part 2 highlights what you CAN do in those first 3Continue reading “My OB said I can start exercising. So I did. But my pelvis feels like an alien and I pee everywhere. What do I do? Part 2 of 2.”

My OB said I can start exercising. So I did. But my pelvis feels like an alien and I pee everywhere. What do I do? Part 1 of 2.

Let’s set the stage. You’ve finally gotten to that ‘magic’ 6 week mark, and you’re excited to have your OB follow up. You know that you’re ready to keep moving on with your life (especially getting back to exercise), but you have some concerns in doing so. You definitely have questions about what to do,Continue reading “My OB said I can start exercising. So I did. But my pelvis feels like an alien and I pee everywhere. What do I do? Part 1 of 2.”

The Abdominal Diaphragm: Our Body’s Secret Important Muscle

The diaphragm is a muscle that has several major roles in life but doesn’t get as much publicity as it deserves. Not only does it have an important role in respiration, but it is also vital for posture, continence, low back stabilization, and mental health (and probably at least 10 more major life functions). HereContinue reading “The Abdominal Diaphragm: Our Body’s Secret Important Muscle”

What is Pelvic Health Physical Therapy?

The pelvic floor muscles are increasingly gaining time in the spotlight, most commonly thought of in reference to the famous (or infamous?) ‘Kegel’ strengthening exercise. In all reality, the pelvic floor is like Grand Central Station for our body. It includes a complex group of muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, and fascia. In both males andContinue reading “What is Pelvic Health Physical Therapy?”

I’m doing my exercises, but my low back still hurts and I still pee when I sneeze. What am I missing?

Story line: You’re a postpartum woman who is on her game. You’re consistent with your daily exercises, you try to eat well, you manage your stress to the best of your abilities, and you feel like what you’re doing is helping you recover in your postpartum months…for the most part. But there’s this lingering thing.Continue reading “I’m doing my exercises, but my low back still hurts and I still pee when I sneeze. What am I missing?”

The Birth of The Pliable Pelvis

The Pliable Pelvis is a blog for women. A resource. A conversation starter. For women beyond the clinic walls, beyond my home zip code, and beyond the state I live in. This blog is specifically geared toward postpartum moms who are struggling with pelvic girdle pain (PGP), which includes pain in the low back, sacroiliacContinue reading “The Birth of The Pliable Pelvis”