Physical Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) proven effective for treating chronic neck pain

Neck pain is an ailment that affects 30 to 50 percent of the population annually, according to the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). Just less than half of these sufferers — about 15 percent of people, according to the IASP — experience chronic neck pain, or pain that lasts three months or [...]

2017-06-29T13:55:20+00:00Categories: Craniosacral Therapy, Patient education and advocacy, Physical Therapy|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on CranioSacral Therapy (CST) proven effective for treating chronic neck pain

Mini e-book now available: Help! My Tailbone Hurts!…now what?

New mini e-book now available: Help! My Tailbone Hurts!...now what? Tailbone pain, also referred to as coccydynia, can be debilitating. In over 16 years of practice as a physical therapist, Debbie Turczan has heard many stories from her patients about tailbone pain, some of which have been shocking. What shocks Debbie is not the details of [...]

2017-03-26T15:04:31+00:00Categories: coccydynia, Craniosacral Therapy, Patient education and advocacy, Pelvic pain, Physical Therapy|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Mini e-book now available: Help! My Tailbone Hurts!…now what?

VIDEO: Physical Therapy for Tailbone Pain

In my physical therapy practice, I see many patients with tailbone pain. No matter how many times I meet a new patient with tailbone pain (also referred to as coccydynia), I still find their journey somewhat shocking. When we sit down to discuss their history, I may learn that they’ve been suffering with tailbone pain since [...]

2017-03-26T15:04:34+00:00Categories: coccydynia, Craniosacral Therapy, Pelvic pain, Physical Therapy, tailbone pain|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on VIDEO: Physical Therapy for Tailbone Pain

Exercise May Fight Cancer

The list of benefits from exercise seems to grow every day. Recently, a study out of Denmark, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, found that exercise may fight cancer. While it may seem intuitive that the improved health that comes along with exercise may help to prevent cancer, researchers have grappled with the notion that in [...]

2017-03-26T15:04:34+00:00Categories: Exercise, Patient education and advocacy, Physical Therapy, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Exercise May Fight Cancer

“Choosing Wisely” in Physical Therapy – Exercise for Older Adults

Recently, the American Physical Therapy Association released their “ Choosing Wisely ” recommendations for patients and physicians regarding Physical Therapy treatment. As I discussed in an earlier post this year, the “ Choosing Wisely ” initiative was launched by the American Board of Internal Medicine in an effort to fuel discussion about the rising cost of [...]

2017-03-26T15:04:35+00:00Categories: Exercise, Physical Therapy|Tags: , |Comments Off on “Choosing Wisely” in Physical Therapy – Exercise for Older Adults

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction: How can Craniosacral Therapy help?

The temporomandibular joint (or TMJ) is a hinge joint, located right in front of your ear, that connects your jaw bone (also known as the mandible) to your skull. Calling it a hinge joint, actually, is a bit of an oversimplification – there is a substantial piece of cartilage in between the bones which slides back [...]

How can Craniosacral Therapy help those with Scoliosis?

Scoliosis – defined by the Mayo Clinic as “a sideways curvature of the spine” – can be responsible for a broad spectrum of physical complaints, ranging from mild backaches to disabling pain and limited tolerance for physical activity. While many successful treatment options are available that improve dysfunctional curves of the spine, including bracing and [...]

2017-03-26T15:04:35+00:00Categories: Craniosacral Therapy, Patient education and advocacy, Physical Therapy|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on How can Craniosacral Therapy help those with Scoliosis?

Study shows yoga can help improve pelvic floor strength and decrease urinary incontinence

According to a University of California at San Francisco press release, a study published on April 25, 2014 in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (the official journal of the American Urogynecologic Society) reports that a yoga training program, designed to improve pelvic health, can help women gain more control over their urination and avoid [...]

2017-03-26T15:04:35+00:00Categories: Exercise, Patient education and advocacy, Pelvic pain, Physical Therapy|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Study shows yoga can help improve pelvic floor strength and decrease urinary incontinence

Link between tailbone dysfunction and headaches (Part 2)

(Continued from Part 1) Dr. Upledger writes, “Anterior flexion of the coccyx due to injury is [a] very common cause of cephalgia and pelvic autonomic dysfunction.” (Pp.149-50) Dr. Upledger also notes that “continued stress on the dura in the suboccipital region may cause increased suboccipital muscular tension, which can cause pain, as well as result [...]

Link between tailbone dysfunction and headaches (Part 1)

Dr. John Upledger writes in his textbook, Craniosacral Therapy, “Two very common injuries which adversely influence craniosacral system function, and are often the underlying cause of headache and autonomic dysfunction, are impaction of the sacrum between the ilia, and anterior flexion of the coccyx.” (Pp.148-9.) I recently worked with a patient that demonstrated this relationship [...]