Your Spine Has Your Back So pay it some mind

So far I have brought you information about erectile dysfunction, bladder control, Kegel exercises, and what a pelvic physical therapist does that is different from traditional therapy. I think it is time to move just north of the pelvis to the lower back. Don’t worry, I will still have the pelvic spin on things because they are very connected! It is estimated that 80% of us will have some form of back issue in our lifetime, and collectively, these cost some $50 billion a year in treatments. You are probably wondering what sciatica, disc degeneration, and disc bulging mean. Sciatica […]

Erectile dysfunction

Why am I writing about it? It is a more prevalent problem than men realize. Erectile dysfunction affects roughly 40%-52% of men between the ages of 40 and 70, and up to 25% of men under the age of 40. We have 102 million men of erection age in this country. That means that nearly half of us over the age of 40 are affected by some form of ED, and 25% of those under 40 also have some form of ED. NIH reports 15 – 30 million men are affected, depending on the definitions used! Before we get into […]

Are You J.I.C.-ing?

Growing up we were asked by mom and dad before leaving the house “Do you have to go to the bathroom?” “No,” would be our reply which was then followed up by “Go anyway, it’s a long trip!” This is known in the pelvic physical therapy world as “J.I.C.ing” or “Just in Case.” Once we hit school age we then had to time our pee breaks between classes. Getting a lavatory pass was a privilege and often frowned upon and we were then told “can’t you wait until break?” Once we caught on to the routine we got better at […]

What is a Kegel and Should I Do It?

We have all heard about Kegels. It is what women do so they don’t dribble after having a baby, right? Yes, this is correct, but there is a lot more to it than that and when you break it down and really look at what is going on with a kegel, it has an impact not just on staying dry (yellow hanky) but also for staying clean (brown hanky) as well as sexual function. The purpose of kegels is to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. “But what are pelvic floor muscles?” They are a group of muscles at the bottom […]