Wellness

Attention Athletes, Stop Reaching for a Pad Before Exercise!

As a physical therapist who specializes in pelvic floor disorders, I hear about urinary and bowel leakage a lot.  What still surprises me are the number of athletes, often runners and Cross Fitters, who have trouble with incontinence while exercising.  This is usually due to a dysfunctional pelvic floor, and at times core weakness. Yes, even the strongest, toughest athletes…

Stop Crossing Your Legs When You Cough and Sneeze!

As we reach the end of cold and flu season, many of my recent patients are seeking therapy because they noticed bladder leaking while they were ill.  Coughing and sneezing increase pressure in the abdomen, which transfers force on to the bladder and may cause leaking if pelvic floor muscles are weak.  I appreciate this opportunity to tell patients that…

Breast Cancer Awareness and Physical Therapy

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and rightly so since millions of women and their families are affected by cancer.  A staggering 1 in 8 women will develop this often-life-threatening condition at some point in their lives. The good news is that we are seeing survival rates steadily improve, as well as learning more and more about disease prevention. …

Plantar Fasciitis

Recently Michael Curtis posted a great article about the Causes of Plantar Fasciitis. Michael lists 10 options for treatment: In no particular order, here are some treatment options: Stretch the Achilles: since it’s likely you’ll have limited ankle dorsiflexion with Plantar Fasciitis, you may want to try stretching the Achilles (see photo below). Since the Achilles attaches to the opposite…

Physical Therapy is beyond Physical

According to a recent article published in the September Newsletter of the American Physical Therapist Association’s Private Practice Section (PPSAPTA), physical therapy can play an important part in your mental health. “Physical activity reduces feelings of anxiety, depression and stress by improving the patient’s cognitive function and self-esteem. Moreover, studies have shown that aerobic exercise decreases overall tension levels, elevates…

September is Interstitial Cystitis Awareness Month

What in the world is Interstitial Cystitis (IC)?  You may ask this if you are not familiar with the often disabling bladder condition affecting up to 12% of women.  Symptoms of IC include a feeling of pain or pressure in the bladder area (whether the bladder is full or not), burning or discomfort in the urinary tract that is not…

Physical Therapy vs Opioids

You have an option when it comes to pain management.  The human body is a machine, and like all machines, they can wear down.  Living totally pain free is the goal, but not realistic. In today’s world of modern medicine, the pill is the quick fix. But not the only option. Physical Therapy can be a great option over opioids.…

Drug Abuse Rises in Southern Colorado

It is a nationwide epidemic, but according to this article published recently in the Colorado Springs Business Journal, drug abuse is on an increase in Southern Colorado. HOPE Physical Therapy and Wellness Center can help reduce your pain, which can eliminate the need or desire for medications. We are members of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and are in…

Kinesio Taping at the Olympic Level

HOPE Physical Therapy has trained therapist that can apply the same level support that Kinesio taping gives these elite athletes. We use Kinesio Tape at HOPE Physical Therapy along with these SERVICES. IT'S HAPPENING. ?Tune in now on @NBCSN: Home of the @olympicchannel NOW to watch #WorkingOutWithTeamUSA presented by @KTTape! pic.twitter.com/qKLZCL6Cfe — U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) August 14, 2017 Kinesio…

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