The Joys of Motherhood

Having a baby is usually a joyous time of celebration.... We see it all the time in movies: a new mum wearing her skinny jeans with a perfectly happy baby perched on her hip, heading to the park or out around town. This is what it's supposed to be like, right? New mothers are all too aware that this isn't actually the way it is... Bits of you hurt that you didn't know existed. Picking up the baby, not to mention the diaper bag, can be a challenge! Holding your bundle of joy to feed him or her, as well as snuggle and comfort them can leave you with achy shoulders or tender wrists.

Getting back to exercise can also be a challenge! Once you manage to find time to go exercise, you may find that your muscles aren't working like they used to, or that maybe you feel a little pressure in your pelvis with exertion. Maybe you're noticing that little leak of urine that maybe your mom or your friends mentioned...  There is much of this that is common after having a baby, but it's not normal.

There is help.  Even if your doctor told you 'it's normal, and will get better on it's own', a Women's Health Physical Therapist can help you manage or eliminate any of the uncomfortable bits of motherhood.

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P.S.  It's never too late!!  Even if your baby has a baby of their own, if you've been dealing with issues since pregnancy or the birth of a baby, there is help!  Contact the Experts at Entropy Physiotherapy today!

It's prostatitis... or is it??

Hey Fellas!  This one if for you! Prostatitis is one of those diagnoses that may be given to a man who is experiencing discomfort 'down there'.  Men with this diagnosis have described their discomfort as pressure, burning throughout the saddle region, of 'like sitting on a golf ball'.  Functional complaints range from decreased stream when urinating, urinary frequency or urgency, 'never feeling empty', as well as various forms of sexual discomfort and dysfunction.

Usually the diagnosis of prostatitis  is made by a urologist.  A very common course of care is a combination of antibiotics and Flomax.  The antibiotics are to treat any infection that may be causing the inflammation.  The Flomax is to relax the smooth muscles in the urinary tract to improve urine flow.  When this works - it works!!  Unfortunately when it doesn't work men are left wondering what they can do...  or resign themselves to just dealing with their complaints on their own... or taking antibiotics again and again.  The worst thing is when you're doing the things you're supposed to be doing and it doesn't help.

If you'd like to read more about prostatitis, you can check out this blog post.

If you'd rather, you can check out this short video.

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You're not broken...

Pain stinks. But we will all likely have to deal with it at some time in our lives. Understanding pain, and understanding that you're not likely broken can be a very powerful pain reducer.[embed width="320" height="240"][/embed]

Learn more here:

Bronnie Thompson authors the wonderful HealthSkills blog and has a word for people who are experiencing pain:

For a visual look at what is going on with Pain, the TedX talk from Professor Lorimer Moseley is a classic.

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Understanding Pain - In less than 5 minutes

Pain is an experience most of us will have at some point in our life.  Thankfully, the scientific understanding of pain has improved drastically over the years.  Unfortunately, there are still lots of misconceptions and misunderstandings about what pain is and what to do about it.  Here's a short, fun clip that might help you think a little differently about pain. [embed width="320" height="240"][/embed]