ITR Physical Therapy Blog


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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Experiencing Back or Neck Pain From Working From Home? Try This

WFH is one of the latest acronyms to make it into the American lexicon—and with no small thanks to social distancing efforts inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Pew Research, more people now work from home than ever before, and a majority of remote workers say they’d like to keep working remotely even after…

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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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