When a Pelvis Needs Some Elvis

May is National Pelvic Pain Month from which an estimated 15% of men and women suffer. I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Alicia Bolden-Jeffers, a fellow physical therapist who not only has treated women and men for pelvic pain but is also a survivor of pelvic pain. Pelvic pain in general terms would be any pain “down there” in the groin, taint, anus, and tailbone. This can lead to sexual dysfunction ranging from erectile dysfunction in men to painful penetration in men and women, pain when riding a bike, sitting in the car, or even having a bowel movement. […]

Take a Moment for Your Testicles

April is testicular cancer awareness month with April 1st kicking off awareness week. Over 9,000 men will be diagnosed this year, but the good news is the survival rate averages 95% with 99% survival for early detection before it spreads out of the testicle. I had the opportunity to interview fellow physical therapist and testicular cancer survivor Scott Chupnick about his experience with testicular cancer with regard to what initial symptoms took him to the doctor, the challenges and transformation he and his family have gone through, as well as the life lessons from this experience. He also has an […]

Scars: More Than Skin-Deep

“The best people all have some kind of scar.” ― Kiera Cass, The One I found this quote the other day and it could not be any truer. We all have scars of some sort or another whether they are emotional or physical scars. Some scars are physical but internal and still not visible. Scars are a sign that a transformation has occurred on the way to being who we are today, a transformation coming at some personal cost. The bigger the scar the bigger cost and often the bigger the lessons learned. Why do we scar? Why can’t things […]

The Person from H.O.M.U.N.C.U.L.U.S.

I had an interesting client the other day. They were seeing me for their feet when the conversation turned to their top surgery from several years ago and some of the odd sensations, they were still having which sometimes became distracting during sex. Their problem was that after the surgery things did not feel like they were in the correct spot. When they look in the mirror, they like what they see, and it confirms that they are who they think they are however when touching certain parts of the chest it feels like they are being touched in a […]

Trans: Only Natural

Controversial? Me? Say it isn’t so! I try so hard to post positivity on my Facebook page but sometimes our intentions don’t line up with what we actually achieve. Let me explain. I posted a really great video titled “Gender is what you feel, not what your parts are” that explains a little about being non-binary. Innocent enough I thought, but then the comments started about gender being your parts and not in the brain. This of course got me thinking, which usually is pretty benign, but that day became a bit more dangerous. I started thinking about a friend […]

Is Your Head on Straight ?

We live unbalanced lives. This is a good thing. Things don’t move when they are balanced and we are always in motion, so by deductive reasoning, we are out of balance. I see this all the time with posture when people come into my office. I show them the photos I take of them in front of my grid so they can see one arm is further away from the body, one shoulder is higher than the other. They lay on my table and most times one leg is longer than the other. Most times I can fix it on […]

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 […]