ITR Physical Therapy Blog


5 Ideas for Healthier Bowels from a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist 

If you struggle with problems related to your gut health (digestive system), it’s a good idea to speak to a trusted health care provider about your symptoms. Recurring or chronic bowel problems like frequent constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, or nausea can have many different causes—and can have a tremendous impact on your quality of life…

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Let’s Talk About Pelvic Pain: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

If you have persistent pelvic pain that disrupts your daily activities or impairs your quality of life, reach out for help. Not only do you deserve answers, but you deserve relief! Join me as we discuss common causes and symptoms of pelvic pain, as well as what to expect from pelvic pain treatment with our…

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I Had an Episiotomy: Now What?

Did you know that in some countries, a referral to a pelvic floor physical therapist is standard care for postpartum women? I don’t know about you, but I would LOVE to see this standard of care adopted into American culture! Here’s why: Women’s bodies are capable, strong, and resilient—but for many postpartum moms, true physical…

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Pelvic Health Physical Therapy and Bladder Dysfunction: How PT Can Help You Go

Bladder dysfunction in men, women, and children includes urinary urgency, stress incontinence, urge incontinence, and incomplete emptying, to name just a few of the most common types. If you have one of these conditions, you may notice symptoms like: Leaking urine when you don’t mean to, especially when you sneeze, cough, laugh, jump, or pick…

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4 Myths About Diastasis Recti (Abdominal Separation)

Diastasis recti, also known as abdominal separation, is a common concern among people who seek out pelvic floor physical therapy. At ITR Physical Therapy in Bethesda, MD and McLean, VA, we hear a lot of confusion (and often unnecessary concern!) about this frustrating health issue. To help you feel well-informed, let’s clear up four frequently…

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Does It Hurt? And Other Common Questions We Hear About Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy!

Pelvic floor physical therapy is a research-supported specialty branch of physical therapy that benefits people of all ages and backgrounds. Pelvic floor PTs undergo advanced training in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of conditions affecting the pelvic floor, which is a group of muscles and connective tissues that literally act as the “floor” of the…

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What is Vaginismus

When women experience pain during sex, the last thing they may think about is seeing a physical therapist for help. But painful sex, which is often caused by a condition known as vaginismus, is just one of several issues our McLean and Bethesda pelvic health physical therapist team can manage and treat. If you’re frustrated…

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Does My Child Need Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?

Things like bedwetting and constipation can be very distressing for children, as well as for the parents who love them. If you have a child who has difficulty voiding or controlling their urine and stool, it’s important to understand why they’re struggling and what can be done to help them. Did you know that bowel…

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3 Times It’s Time to See a Physical Therapist

Ever wondered if physical therapy is right for you? At ITR Physical Therapy, we specialize in treating men’s and women’s pelvic health…and we’d be honored to help you address and accomplish your health goals. We know from professional experience and real-world scientific data that physical therapy is a valuable and cost-effective service that has a…

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How a Physical Therapist Treats Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Are you preparing for your first appointment with a pelvic floor physical therapist? Has your doctor referred you to pelvic floor physical therapy and you’re curious about what to expect? If so—welcome to your healing journey! If you’ve been struggling with symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction like urinary incontinence and pelvic pain, or if you’ve…

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