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Chronic pelvic pain (female)

By Dr. Brooke Meinema, DPT, FAFS Background Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) is pain in the pelvis lasting longer than 6 months. 1 in 7 females experiences chronic pelvic pain. It can be caused by other conditions or an issue all…

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Physical Therapy Following a Cesarean Improves Recovery

By Dr. Brooke Meinema, DPT, FAFS There are 1.2 million cesarean sections performed annually in the US accounting for 32.1% of all deliveries. Most women recovering from a cesarean section are counseled on general recommendations, including not lifting anything heavier than…

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Internal Work – Pelvic Floor Massage

By Dr. Brooke Meinema, DPT, FAFS Pelvic massage and desensitization can be used as a treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction including hypertonic (aka spasmed or tight) pelvic floor musculature, pain with insertion, issues with urination (pain not related to UTI…

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Labor & Delivery Positions

By Dr. Brooke Meinema, DPT, FAFS When many people envision labor and delivery, they think about someone lying on their back since this is often what is depicted in TV shows and movies. Is this the best position, though? Lying…

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What is Lichen Sclerosus?

By Dr. Brooke Meinema, DPT, FAFS What is Lichen Sclerosus? Lichen sclerosus is a rare inflammatory skin condition typically surrounding the anogenital area which can cause the tissue to become thin and frail increasing the risk of tearing and scarring.…

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Cycle Syncing

By Dr. Brooke Meinema, DPT, FAFS Cycle syncing is adjusting our lifestyles, diet, and exercise routines around our menstrual cycles to make menstruation easier to manage as well as protect us from potential injuries. This is easier for people who…

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Tips for Eating Through the Holidays

By Dr. Brooke Meinema, DPT, FAFS With the holiday season upon us, many of us find our daily habits and meals looking much different than they normally would. The rich foods, larger portions, and holiday cocktails do not always lead…

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The “Just in Case” Pee

By Dr. Brooke Meinema, DPT, FAFS If you find yourself going to the bathroom “just in case” often, here is a piece of advice: Stop. Doing. That. I talk with so many people who admit to peeing every time they…

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Problems with Urinating

By Dr. Brooke Meinema, DPT, FAFS There can be a lot of issues when it comes to urinating - pain, symmetry, or difficulty starting the flow of urine. Not all issues are reasons for concern, but some of them can…

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