How Physical Therapy Can Help Pelvic Muscle Weakness

Pelvic muscle weakness is a condition that many women experience. A common treatment involves pelvic floor exercises.  Kegels are the most well known, but by no means the only option. Doing these exercises can improve symptoms like pain and pressure, as well as bowel and bladder control. WomensHealth.com talked with …

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Happiness and Health

When was the last time you laughed or felt happy? If it’s been too long or you can’t remember, consider this old adage: Laughter is the best medicine. Bobby McFerrin had it right when he sang, “Don’t worry, be happy.” Research “Multiple studies confirm that cultivating positive emotions has enormous …

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Why You Should take Pelvic Muscle Weakness Seriously

Are your pelvic floor muscles doing their job? Unfortunately for many of us women, the answer is likely, “No, not completely.” Because of our particular female anatomy, these muscles tend to weaken. If you’ve experienced leaking urine, that’s a common symptom. Though there are several causes, the main one is …

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Vulvodynia: The Pain Down Below

Imagine experiencing burning, stinging, and stabbing sensations in your vulva constantly or when there’s pressure or contact. Either way, this condition – known as vulvodynia – can affect every aspect of your life. Michelle Living knows this all too well. She realized something was really wrong in 2003 when she …

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Free the Clutter, the Rest Will Follow

A few months after Gretchen Gavacs-Squier quit her job, she began de-cluttering her house. She finds herself doing major purges every six months or so, when she gets overwhelmed with papers and her kids’ things. “After purging, it’s like a weight has been lifted!” she says. “It’s liberating!” Clearly, cluttered …

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Exercise Helps Women Cope with Multiple Sclerosis

While exercise doesn’t prevent people from developing multiple sclerosis (MS), certain kinds of exercise may be beneficial to those who already have it. MS is a neurological disease that directly affects the body, but coping with it can bring about depression – and this is where exercise comes in. What …

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Fat Shaming and Weight Bias at Your Doctor’s Office

The anecdotes are legion. One time when Abby Carter (not her real name) had to get her gallbladder out, her doctor told her that he made her surgeon wait an extra day even though she hadn’t eaten anything that day. The doctor wanted her to know what it felt like …

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Fibromyalgia: Not the Flu

Imagine what it feels like when you have the flu: You’re exhausted and it feels like you’re carrying 50 pound sacks on your shoulders, your body hurts, you have a headache, it’s hard to get comfortable, you’re limited in what you can do, and you’re cranky because of these things. …

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Your Omega-3 Source Matters: Supplements Vs. Foods

It’s well known that too much fat in the diet isn’t healthy, but there is a particular fatty acid that is necessary: Omega-3. This is considered an essential fat because it isn’t made by the body and can only be obtained from food. Read on to learn more about omega-3, …

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Is Your Period Pain Normal?

I remember the first time I got my period. I was 12 and in school – of course. My bleeding and cramps were severe enough to warrant a get-out-of-school-free card. The only person available to pick me up was my taciturn grandfather. That was fun. My cycle has varied over …

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