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Meet Our New Therapist – Bridget Bates

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Bridget Bates, PT, DPT, is a graduate of the St. Louis University Doctorate of Physical Therapy program.  She has been practicing in orthopedics and sports related injuries utilizing manual therapy techniques and individualized exercise programs to assist patients in achieving their goals and minimize the risk of re-injury.

Through studies with the Herman and Wallace Institute, she is trained in the treatment of pelvic floor issues including incontinence, pelvic pain, and prenatal and postnatal care.

Bridget is passionate about treating the individual in a holistic manner, promoting a healthy lifestyle, and addressing all aspects of life potentially effecting a patient’s symptoms.

She is a member of the American Physical Therapy and Illinois Physical Therapy Associations.

To contact, please email at Bridget@orthopedicPTservices.com.

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What is Pelvic Floor Therapy?

A non-surgical approach to the rehabilitation of dysfunctions in the pelvis that contribute to bowel, bladder, sexual health, and pain complaints. Approaches to your treatment may include manual therapies, modalities, behavioral and relaxation strategies, therapeutic exercise, education, and functional re-training.

Common issues treated in Pelvic Rehab:

Pelvic pain

Pain with intercourse

Diastasis recti (separation of abdominal muscles commonly following pregnancy and childbirth)

Urinary or fecal leakage with exercise, coughing, laughing, sneezing

Frequent urge to go to the bathroom

Difficulty holding your bladder

Endometriosis

Abdominal or pelvic pain following surgery

Scar tissue following childbirth, surgery, or cancer

Tailbone pain

Prenatal and Postnatal care

Preparation for labor

Do all Physical Therapists treat Pelvic Floor?

Pelvic rehab providers are neuromusculoskeletal therapists who have taken additional specialized training to be able to effectively evaluate and treat pelvic floor pathologies.

By: Bridget Bates, DPT/Women’s Health Therapy

Breathing Easy | Meditation

Sit comfortably and relax, and bring your awareness to your breathing. As you breathe out naturally dissolve and let go of all the negative energy you wish to be free from. As you breathe in, allow the breath to naturally and effortlessly fill you with the positive qualities you want to be energized by. Allow the breath to fill you as a natural reflex to the deep exhalation.

Think of a word that reflects the quality you wish to be filled with — relaxing, harmonizing, balancing, energizing, peace, patience, for example. See this particular quality as luminous energy which rises within you as you inhale, filling and flowing through you, completely permeating your mind-body. Allow this light-energy to dissolve all your negative states of mind, tension, or pain. Allow the natural vitality of life to awaken within you.

As you exhale, say to yourself “dissolving,” “melting,” “releasing,” or “letting go.” Feel the tensions, thoughts, cares, and painful states of mind-body flow out of you and melt away. Emphasize the long, slow exhalation, then allow the inhalation to come naturally, effortlessly.

Place your hands on your belly and quietly breathe in and out. Allow your belly to gently rise and fall as the breath follows through you.

After a few minutes, as the breath naturally fills your belly, allow it to rise up to the center of your chest and fill you as though a bubble of breath were filling you from within. Exhale through an imaginary hole in the center of your chest and allow your heart to open.

Breathing into your hands… bringing the air up to fill your heart… opening the heart … exhaling… opening and letting go.

By: Taylor Brown, CYT | From: Mindfulness, Meditation, and Mind Fitness

Pelvic Floor Misconceptions with Bridget Bates, DPT

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By: Bridget Bates, DPT

The only people needing to see a Pelvic PT are women after childbirth.

Wrong! Pelvic floor therapy can help men and women experiencing a big variety of symptoms: urinary incontinence, difficulties in urination, bowel incontinence, constipation, abdominal pain, low back/SI pain, sexual dysfunction, pelvic pain or coccyx pain, vaginal or rectal pain, penile or testicular pain, as well as men and women prior to or after having pelvic surgery.

Pelvic PTs do not treat men.

False. Men have pelvic floor muscles that can cause issues as well!

If a person is leaking urine, they definitely need kegel exercises.

People need strong, but flexible muscles that tighten when they need to and relax when they need to. If a person has a shortened, irritated pelvic floor, they may have just as much difficulty holding back urine as the person with a weak pelvic floor.

If a person has tried “kegel exercises” and they did not work, Pelvic PT won’t be able to help them.

As a Pelvic PT, I take great offense to that. Rehab for the pelvis is much more involved than simply strengthening a muscle group. It involves restoring function—improving muscular support around the pelvis, improving behavioral/dietary habits, and re-training body movements to allow for optimal organ and structural function.

If your mother/grandmother/great-grandmother also had constipation/urinary incontinence/diarrhea/etc., then it must be genetic and can’t be helped.

Also, not true! Now, I won’t say there aren’t genetic components which may cause a person to be more likely to experience certain conditions than others—but that being said, there is always something that can be done to help

A physical therapist doing vaginal or rectal exams is weird and NOT conventional.

Pelvic floor physical therapists are highly trained in both internal and external evaluation and treatment techniques, and current medical research supports these techniques in the treatment of this patient population. But do not be intimidated, the evaluation and treatment plan are set to your comfort.  If you want to get better, but are not comfortable with the internal evaluation, don’t sweat it! This is all about you, your comfort, and helping you achieve your goals and live your best life.

New Year, New YOU!

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Happy 2018 Refreshers – Let’s kick off the new year right!

Upcoming events and workshops in the studio:

— Drop in for Friday Yogilates Mat class for only $20! Series dates are as follows:
Friday 1/19, 1/26, and 2/2 from 6-7pm (please click here to register online)

— Saturday 1/20 @10am | Free Low Back and Sciatic Pain Workshop and Screenings (please call the register at 708-301-2255)

— Saturday 2/10 @1030am | Acro Partner Yoga with Taylor + Toni (please click here to register online)

Warm up this season! Add Hot Stones to your massage for only $7 (org. $15) this sale ends on 1/31

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Welcome to our New Website

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It’s been an exciting summer full of amazing weather, uplifting meditation, and energizing pilates sessions. Looking ahead to fall and winter, we will be continuing to host special events & workshops and our popular group classes – join us, and bring a friend or make some new ones at class!

As the season is changing, we are also excited to debut our new and improved website. This website, will be your new go-to place for accessing our class schedule, viewing upcoming events & workshops, and contacting us for your physical therapy and massage sessions.

We look forward to seeing you this fall and winter. Cheers to health and happiness!