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Mar 31

What is a pelvic floor physical therapist?

This post was written by Viverant Physical Therapist, Bethany Hansen. If your doctor suggested you go see a pelvic floor physical therapist, would you know what to expect? What kind of diagnoses do they treat? What does an evaluation consist of? What is the ? 'pelvic floor ? Read on for the answers to these questions and more! The pelvic floor is composed of muscle fibers of the levator ani, the coccygeus, and associated connective tissue which span the area underneath the pelvis. A ? 'pelvic floor physical therapist is one who has received specialized training in the treatment and education of women 's and men 's pelvic health issues. The assessment and treatments are comprehensive examining primary and secondary drivers of dysfunction. We treat the musculoskeletal aspects of pelvic dysfunction tissue restriction, joint hyper/hypo mobility, over or under-recruitment, posture and alignment dysfunction, etc. As a patient, you receive one-on-one treatment with a female therapist in a private and comfortable setting, whether it is for preventive or restoration services. The most common diagnoses that we see are as follows:
  • Coccydynia (tailbone pain)
  • Incontinence (stress or urge)
  • Urinary urgency/frequency
  • Painful bladder syndrome/interstitial cystitis
  • Bowel dysfunction
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Pelvic pain (peri or post-partum, pudendal neuropathy, sacroiliac joint pain, endometriosis, vulvodynia/vulvar vestibulitis, pubic symphysis dysfunction, chronic non-bacterial prostatitis, etc.)
  • Dyspareunia (pain w/intercourse)
After taking a comprehensive history, a thorough evaluation can include evaluating posture, range of motion, pelvic alignment, flexibility, strength, pelvic stability, joint mobility, tissue restriction, specific muscle recruitment, presence of a diastasis rectus abdominis (gap in your abdominals, your ? '6-pack , often found post-partum), and specific pelvic floor muscle assessment. Treatments include various forms of manual therapy, neuromuscular re-education, strength and stabilization exercises, relaxation training, and education, including behavior modifications, bladder/bowel/pelvic floor specific education, postural changes, discussion of prognosis and plan of care, and setting goals. If you or anyone you know is suffering from any of the above problems, contact one of our knowledgeable pelvic floor specialists today! *Bethany Hansen and Amy Boyden-Hoekstra are both Viverant Physical Therapists that specialize in Women 's and Men's Health.

Mar 24

Prescribed Rest Day

One of the fastest ways to guarantee an injury or reach a burnout point is by not implementing a rest day in your workout regimen. Runner's World reports, ? ' _without giving your body time to recover, it won't adapt to the stress of your training. You may think that by not taking a rest day it will help you get stronger or faster, but the simple truth is that it won 't. The longer your workout streaks without rest, the greater your risk is for over training, injury and fatigue. Rest days do more than just prevent over training and injury. They also give your body time to restore glycogen stores, help you avoid mental burnouts, and allow muscles to repair and rebuild. Take good care of your body and know that every single athlete in the history of time takes a rest day. Use your rest day to reflect on how far you 've already come and be grateful for your ability, willpower and dedication. Rest Day

Mar 17

Mindful Eating

Mindful eating is based on the Buddhist concept of mindfulness, which means being fully aware of what is happening around you in that moment. It is not a diet. There are no menus or food restrictions. It is simply developing a new mindset around food. When mindfulness is applied to eating, meal time and the approach to eating is slowed down and becomes more thoughtful by noticing the colors, flavors, smells, taste and textures of food. In order to be fully present with the experience of eating, distractions should be eliminated. This enables us to avoid plowing through a meal half-consciously. Here are some simple practices to begin working towards mindful eating: turn off background media, eat at the dinner table, tune into the texture and flavors of the food, chew slowly and put your fork down between bites. Question:
  • Do you practice mindful eating? How does giving your full attention and appreciation to the eating experience make you feel about your food?

Mindful Eating

Viverant 's Nutrition Solutions services promote mindful eating; learn more about our approach here!

Mar 13

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day was created to increase the awareness of registered dietitian nutritionists as being indispensable providers of food and nutrition services and to recognize them for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives. The first Registered Dietitian Day was celebrated in 2008. Wednesday, March 12 has been designated Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day in 2014. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists _
are the food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.
have degrees in nutrition, dietetics, public health or a related field from well-respected, accredited colleges and universities, completed an internship and passed an examination.
use their nutrition expertise to help individuals make unique, positive lifestyle changes.
work throughout the community in hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, food management, food industry, universities, research and private practice.
are advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world.
  In honor of Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day would like to recognize Rasa Troup for her commitment to improving the health of her patients and the community. Thanks Rasa!!

Mar 03

Viverant PTs Win Research Award

Congratulations to Viverant physical therapists Scott Darling and Ashley Takekawa for receiving the Outstanding Research Poster Award at the APTA 's annual Combined Sections Meeting in February! Scott and Ashley 's research project was selected out of 211 orthopedic projects in the APTA 's Orthopedic Section. The title of their research project was ? 'Examination of Core Endurance, Hip Strength, and Arch Structure as Risk Factors for Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome". You can view their award winning poster here.

Feb 18

Diet Success

Diet success is a difficult task. At least 85% of people who go on a diet will fail - meaning weight is lost and then regained or commitment is broken before the goal weight is achieved. Market data Enterprises Inc. reported that in 2013 the United States weight-loss market grossed $60.5 billion dollars and in that market there was an estimated 108 million dieters. Looking at those numbers, we can see that there are a lot of people that have fallen short of their weight loss goals, but it doesn't 't have to be that way. Diet success is possible with effort. It is not solely reached by eating specialty bars, drinking shakes, or cutting out carbs and fat. True diet success comes from comprehensive lifestyle and attitude changes that support healthy living. When the body is healthy and satisfied, it is willing to shed excess fat when it receives the right balance of protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, water and fiber. Very few diets can deliver the body's nutritional requirements in a limited number of calories AND at the same time teach a person how to eat healthy and move their body in a way that supports health rather than causing harm to the body and metabolic system. What are the factors of successful weight loss? Researchers at the National Weight Control Registry - a registry of people who have lost at least 30lbs and have kept it off for at least a year show: 78% eat breakfast every day 75% weigh themselves at least once a week 62% watch less than 10 hours of TV per week 94% increased their physical activity with 90% exercising an average of 1 hour per day The Colorado Weigh Program was developed with these statistics in mind. Learn more about the Colorado Weigh Program offered at Viverant here and schedule your first appointment today!

Feb 12

Pain Science Video

This is a great patient tool for pain science! Video: Understanding Pain: What to do about it in less than five minutes? Please do not consider any information in this video to be medical advice such as a clinical diagnosis or a recommended treatment option. The information (such as text, graphics, video and images), discussions and opinions are for general informational purposes only. If you have a specific question about an actual or suspected medical condition, please seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, contact your local emergency response system (typically by dialing 9-1-1 on a phone).

Jan 31

Making a LASTING Change


With the launch of a new year, people think this is officially the time to go after their goals. Let?۪s use exercise and healthy eating as an example. The New Year is a time that many decide that they want to live healthier lives. They push full speed through January with a new diet or new exercise program. Many do very well?_for the first couple of weeks. Then they start to slow. They cannot maintain the diet they were following and start to skip their workouts. Research has shown a large percentage of these individuals will have gone back to their original ways by the second week of February.

Permanent lifestyle change is what we all want?_healthy habits that STICK. Individuals who quit their journey to healthier lives are not lazy. They returned to their old habits because they were too focused on pushing towards their ultimate goal in a short time period. Motivation and willpower are great tools to tackle short-term goals but living healthier is a long-term lifestyle change. Those long-term goals require a different approach. Habits are formed and stored in the unconscious part of our brain. To rewire those habits we need to make gradual changes and make them feel natural to us. Making a decision to hit the gym six times a week is awesome but this decision happens on the conscious side of your brain, the side that has no control over your habits. Long-term lifestyle changes require accomplishments with small changes. As those occur and repeat themselves, your unconscious habit side of the brain will eventually form a new habit with consistency. What change are you trying to make and what is the first mini step you can take today to begin forming a habit that sticks? Nutrition Solutions at Viverant focuses on a total, lifestyle change, tapping into that unconscious side of your brain to transition your habits into a long-term, healthy way of living. More info can be found here. Of possible interest: Forget Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead. 5 Steps To Changing Any Behavior Change Ahead  

Jan 31

Tips for Shoveling

Shoveling snow often means lots of bending, heavy lifting and slippery surfaces which can put you at risk for injury. Take a few minutes to review these helpful tips, which are the same tips that our physical therapists often tell their patients to help prevent injury. Shoveling Snow Tips to prevent injuries while shoveling

Jan 24

America's fittest city is...

Congrats Minneapolis, St. Paul for winning the fittest city in America! To find out why Minneapolis, St. Paul earned the title of fittest city, click the link below or on the photo. Secrets of America's healthiest city Question:
  • What do you do to stay fit? Does your routine change during the winter months?

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