The Activcore Blog

Let’s Talk Privates. Why Does It Feel Like There's a Bulge or Heaviness Down There?

Posted by Dr. Rachel Newall, Physical Therapist at Activcore on December 2, 2019 at 2:54 PM

Whether you’ve just had your first child or you’ve had many, let’s face it, it can be pretty unnerving to suddenly feel a bulge or heaviness in your vagina. I often hear, “It feels like a tampon is coming out all the time”.

Fear not, you may be experiencing something called Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP). This happens when the muscles, ligaments and tissues of the pelvic floor become too weak and elongated to properly support your pelvic organs. Eventually these organs can press or descend into the vaginal canal. 

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What is Pelvic Health Physical Therapy? Going Beyond the Pelvic Floor.

As a pelvic health physical therapist, I often see people after they've visited countless other healthcare providers who have overlooked the muscular system. As they come in, I hear them say things like:

  • “I have no idea why I’m here.”
  • “I’m only here because my doctor told me to.”
  • “So what exactly is pelvic health PT?” 
  • “Are we just going to do some Kegels?”

Pelvic health isn't a new type of physical therapy, however it is finally gaining some traction in the health and wellness industry. Physicians are now realizing that it’s not just for pregnant and postpartum moms. Pelvic health is for people of all genders, ages, and activity levels. Everyone has a pelvis, and therefore we all could benefit from better pelvic health. So let's discuss what pelvic health physical therapy actually is and how it can help you.

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The Popping and Clicking Jaw. When Is It a Problem?

Posted by Dr. Tia Totura, Physical Therapist at Activcore on November 6, 2019 at 5:15 PM

Like most joints, things pop, click, grind, and tell us we’re still alive! The jaw joint or TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) is no different. It may start to make noises or feel differently when opening your mouth. But what are those noises? And when are they bad?

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I've Always Been Tight, Why Don't My Stretches Seem To Get Me Anywhere?

You stretch, you feel better, and then the tightness comes right back. What gives?

Many of you have been told that your upper traps are like rocks, your hamstrings are like bricks, or your calves are the tightest your trainer has ever seen. Usually these muscles also hurt. And typically the first remedy is stretching. While stretches aren't necessarily harmful, there is a reason why you would seek out a physical therapist for help. You're still in pain even though you've been doing your stretches regularly. But why?

It all comes back to balance. Your body requires balance in many dimensions. You need balance between your left and right sides. You need balance between your core and extremities. You need balance from the contribution of your smaller muscles that stabilize the joints, versus your larger muscles that move the joints. You also need balance between being strong yet flexible, and being stable yet mobile.

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Now That I'm Playing Travel Baseball, Why Does My Elbow Hurt When Pitching?

First, there is a lot of evidence showing that pain on the inside of the elbow is only becoming more common in baseball players, particularly pitchers. So, you’re not alone here. The elbow has several structures that become irritated with overhead throwing:  the wrist flexor tendons, the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), and the ulnar nerve. The set of symptoms you have will vary depending on which of these structure is irritated, but all will create pain on the inside of the elbow that gets worse with throwing.

We never want to see a trend of increasing injury rates, so let’s unpack what might be going on here. There are a few main reasons why you are experiencing elbow pain...

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5 Reasons to See a Physical Therapist if You’re an Overhead Athlete

Have you ever wondered: What does a physical therapist actually do? Aren’t they just for people who have had surgery? Don't they just do massage? How can they possibly help me with my overhead sport? These are some of the questions we hear all the time from athletes.

Well, let's clear this up. Physical therapists are movement experts who optimize quality of life through prescribed exercises, hands-on care, and patient education. Some physical therapists pursue advanced specialization in helping athletes with overhead sports, like volleyball, baseball, tennis, swimming, gymnastics, and track & field events.

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Why is My Belly Bulging or Pooching Out in the Middle? It Sort of Looks Like I’m Still Pregnant.

Posted by Dr. Rachel Newall, Physical Therapist at Activcore on September 23, 2019 at 12:33 AM

Are you frustrated with trying to get your pre-baby body back? Are you seeing your belly bulge out when you do abdominal exercises or even when you just sit up? Are you nervous and feel like you can’t start exercising because you don’t want to make the bulge worse, have back pain, urinary leakage or just don’t know where to start? If this at all sounds familiar, you may be experiencing symptoms of something called diastasis recti (DR).

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My Jaw Hurts. Where Does This Pain Actually Come From?

Posted by Dr. Tia Totura, Physical Therapist at Activcore on September 12, 2019 at 12:37 AM

TMJ. What is it good for? Absolutely everything!

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a fancy word for the space between your jaw and your skull. You have two of them, one on either side of your face.

The TMJ is a wonderful thing when it works correctly. It allows you to talk, eat, drink, chew, sing, laugh, yawn, and breathe through your mouth. You get the point, it does a lot. The joint itself is small but really strong. In fact, it can endure up to 250 pounds!

So how does something so strong get hurt so often? TMJ disorder (TMJD) actually ranks second only to low back pain, as the most prevalent musculoskeletal problem in the United States!

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What Can Princeton University Athletics Learn From Activcore?

Posted by Activcore Physical Therapy & Performance on August 19, 2019 at 1:02 AM

Michelle Cesan, former Princeton University Field Hockey Player and member of the USA National Field Hockey Team, had been dealing with back issues for over a year. She reported, “Though I was able to get temporary relief through heat, massage and chiropractic means, nothing lasted more than a day.” Her coaches, trainers and doctors were unsure of the root cause of her symptoms, since both the MRI and bone scan were negative. Michelle was beginning to think she would have to live with the pain. That was until an Athletic Trainer from Princeton University recommended Activcore.

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Can Physical Therapy be a Viable Alternative to Opioids? Activcore Discusses the Topic of Pain.

Posted by Activcore Physical Therapy & Performance on August 12, 2019 at 11:48 PM

The War on Pain has begun! But in order to defeat this enemy, we first have to understand it.

Many people simply mask pain by avoiding activity and taking increasing amounts of medication like opioids. However, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests having increased knowledge of pain can help the recovery process.

At Activcore, we want to share some of our thoughts on pain management. We hope that, with this new arsenal of information, you can conquer your pain and return to whatever it is that you love to do.

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