Pelvic Health & Wellness
February is synonymous with roses, chocolates, plush bears, love, valentines, red, and…. heart health. That’s right, each year the president proclaims February as heart health month, a tradition that dates back to 1964. Cardiovascular disease is the single leading cause of death for men and women in the United States each year, a statistic concerning enough to warrant a month of awareness. President Obama said that nearly half of all Americans have at least one major risk factor, many who don’t even know it. While age, gender, and family history are unchangeable factors; high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, obesity, smoking, diabetes, and poor diet are all modifiable. Changes in these areas can make a big difference.
Here are 7 keys to prevention
-Manage Blood Pressure
-Reduce Blood Sugar
One of our main goals in physical therapy is to help you get moving and to instill confidence in your ability to take control so you can live an active, heart-healthy life. Sometimes this can be difficult in the presence of pain, weakness, or other physical ailments. The path to success can seem very difficult or even impossible if every step along the way causes pain. A physical therapist is the ideal practitioner to assess both general health and physical limitations. Your therapist is trained to calculate ideal activity levels related to heart health as well as treating muscle weakness or tightness, arthritis, or other structural issues that need to be addressed. The net effect is less pain and a healthier body. The first step is to recognize that you desire a change.
What will you do this month to show your heart some love?
Pelvic Physical Therapy & Wellness is growing, and we are pleased to announce extended hours and availability for our Salt Lake and Draper locations. As more patients and physicians learn about pelvic floor physical therapy, we have recognized the need to offer more clinic days and early/late appointment times.
New clinic days and hours are as follows:
Draper Clinic (11762 S. State Street, Ste. 120)
Mondays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesdays 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thursdays 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
South Temple (Downtown) Clinic (702 East South Temple, Ste. 102)
Mondays 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesdays 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Murray Clinic (5151 South 900 East, Ste. 100)
Wednesdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fridays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
We are excited to better serve our community by offering more availability at our South Temple and Draper locations. Please contact one of our offices if you have any questions or are interested in scheduling.
Therapists need Physical Therapy too, and I am no exception. I write my story to inspire other patients, and to express my gratitude to the amazing organization I work for. I have had hip issues for 15+yr, but after my last baby, was not able to get back to my previous level, and was losing function. I was finally diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia and a Labral Tear. The solution was a major pelvic reconstructive surgery. I scheduled it and began to prepare. I wanted to be in the best condition going in. I began in the pool with the underwater treadmill, quickly progressing to a run. The more I ran, the better I felt. The better I felt, the more I began to question the surgery. This weekend, I completed slightly over a half marathon in the pool. It was slow, but having never been able to run on land, this was a gift. The support of my fellow therapists, staff, and the treadmill pool have allowed me to regain the level of function I was not able to achieve on my own with very little limitations. I have since decided to cancel the surgery. My story may be the exception rather than the rule, but I truly feel at peace that this is the right decision for me. I will be in good hands for whatever comes next. I am forever thankful to the support Hand and Ortho has given me not only as an employee, but as a patient. I am proud to be part of a group that cares so much. – Valerie
I have been a physical therapist for 23 years now. A lot of these years have been spent helping women decrease the pain that comes as a result of pregnancy, both during and after. It still amazes me that there are so many women walking around in severe pain and thinking that there is nothing that can help them. Now, there are times that physical therapy cannot help, but I would hazard a guess that 90% of the time we can at least reduce the pain and help the patient return to a functional state.
The most common pain I see is one-sided low back pain, usually stemming from the SI joint (sacroiliac joint). As physical therapists, we can treat that pain in a few visits. We show the woman some activities that she can do to strengthen and heal the
I survived my first pregnancy with the help of Todd Schwartz, DPT and an SI belt. If it weren’t for Todd’s expertise in Physical Therapy I would have been bedridden with my pregnancy. My pelvis became very unstable and there were times I was limping with pain until I was treated by Todd. I was able to work throughout my pregnancy until 2 weeks before my baby was born. It has been 5 years since my baby was born and I have been treated by Todd for many other problems since my pregnancy. I feel very fortunate to have found such an experienced, knowledgeable, kind and patient Physical Therapist. Many of my family members (a total of 5) have seen Todd for Physical Therapy and they all have had success with him. I would highly recommend Todd Schwartz, DPT and the Hand & Ortho clinic to anyone. -Anonymous
I broke my ribs playing High school basketball and didn’t quite recover. I still had a lot of rib pain and back pain. Thanks to the women’s health team Ashley and Valerie, I am doing much better. They are two of the best physical therapists I have ever met. They were amazing in my recovery. Thanks so much women’s health!!! -Jessica
Salt Lake City, Utah
I have been aided in recovery so many times at Hand & Orthopedic Rehab, that I hardly know where to begin. I present with a complex medical picture including multiple herniated discs, multiple cysts in the spine, degenerative disc disease and a compression fracture at L2. I had been rear-ended by a large semi-truck trailer in 2003, requiring surgical treatment when I first came to Hand & Orthopedic Rehab. Steve Crandall took on an impossible situation with skill and optimism and led me back to functional living. Since then, I have been aided through recovery from knee surgery by Ryan Fuhrman, hand injury by Susan Ozaki, and female problems by Bonnie Butler. Shauna Farnsworth has given me hours of invaluable help as part of Steve Crandall’s team. I have been given invaluable instruction on how to utilize the therapy modalities at home and at the gym to maintain my functionality. In spite of some physical limitations that could have consigned me to a wheelchair, I am able to continue being active with my grandchildren and great grandchildren; serve as an organist in my church; serve my community as a neighborhood watch chairman, take care of my house and husband and tend my flower garden. -Maureen Glew
After recovering from the birth of my last child, I continued to experience a lot of pain in the pelvic floor area. Upon consulting a new doctor, it was determined that I would need surgery to repair some tissue damage that I had sustained from delivering my baby. However, after I recovered from surgery, I was still experiencing a lot of pain which made many activities, including enjoying an intimate relationship, very painful and difficult. My doctor then referred me to Bonnie Butler PT. She was able to determine that the pain was caused by my pelvic floor muscles being too tight (due to my pregnancy/childbirth) and also from a dysfunctional SI joint (which I had injured as a teenager). Through my physical therapy sessions, Bonnie was able to work on those muscles to help them loosen up, which lessened the pain I was experiencing. She has also been able to help stabilize my SI joint, and recommend SI injections when needed, which has eliminated a lot of that pain as well. Bonnie is incredible and I am so grateful for her and her expertise. Thank you Bonnie and Hand & Ortho!!!! -Anonymous