ITR Physical Therapy Blog


Yes, Sitting Too Much Really IS That Harmful

Ever heard the term “sitting is the new smoking”? This catchy phrase might sound like an exaggeration, but it actually speaks to an important truth we should ALL pay attention to! Why? Because more and more research points to a surprising number of health risks associated with excessive sedentary behavior—aka, too much sitting. Plus, it’s…

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Conditions Treated by a Pelvic Floor PT

Most of us understand how medical doctors (MDs) tend to specialize in various subspecialities—neurology, nephrology, cardiology, oncology, and all other sorts of “-ologies” relating to specific areas or systems within the body. Specialization allows health care providers to improve their quality of care and serve as leaders in their field. What you might not realize…

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On Sleep Hygiene: How to Get a Better Night’s Rest

Is a good night’s sleep hard to come by? Do you frequently feel tired, irritable, distracted, or prone to accidents or errors during the day? These are all signs of sleep deprivation or insomnia, which can take a tremendous toll on your health. As it turns out, the scientific and medical community now agree that…

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Try This: Check for Abdominal Separation!

If you’ve ever checked out our blog, then you probably know we’ve talked about abdominal separation before. Rest assured, we also talk about ab separation a lot in our Bethesda and McLean physical therapy clinics—for good reason, too! Abdominal (ab for short) separation is surprisingly common, affecting about half of all pregnant people, along with…

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What is Rib Flare? | Rib Flare: The Basics (Causes and Symptoms)

Lock this bit of information away for your next trivia night: most humans are born with 12 pairs of ribs! Unfortunately, some of us also struggle with a pesky condition called rib flare. At ITR Physical Therapy in Bethesda MD and McLean VA, sometimes our postpartum patients come in with rib flares,, but this condition…

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How to Stay Spine-Safe While Carrying Your New Baby

As a new parent, you spend a lot of time lifting and holding your little one—which is all the more reason to make sure you’re lifting and holding your baby in a way that’s safe on your spine. To avoid hurting your neck, lower back, hips, or pelvic floor, try these four baby-carrying tips. 1….

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3 Questions to Ask Your Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist

Whether you’re currently looking for a pelvic floor physical therapist or have already booked your first visit, you likely have some questions in mind.

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3 Reasons Why Pelvic Floor PT Should Be Standard Postpartum Care for All New Moms

I know I’m not the first women’s healthcare provider to feel that the standard of care for postpartum women in the United States could be much, much better. Not to totally knock what the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is up to. On its website, ACOG outlines the components of postpartum care that…

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Want to Stay Home? Try Telehealth! 5 Benefits of Virtual PT

What a time to be alive: we have a whole world of information at our fingertips…and can even gain real-time access to our medical providers without ever leaving the house! This level of modern-day convenience is thanks to telehealth, sometimes called telemedicine. Telehealth is a way to consult or receive care from a health care…

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Pelvic Floor Health and Men: Surprising Things All Guys Should Know

If you’re a man or know a man who struggles with things like prostate problems, hernias or erectile dysfunction (ED), I have one question for you: Have you ever considered whether the pelvic floor muscles are involved? In my experience, both men and women often seem to “forget” about men’s pelvic floor muscles. My guess…

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