Core Health LLC, Physical Therapy for Women

Core Health is a private physical therapy practice focusing on Women's Health Issues. We are located in Ashburn, VA.

Physical Therapy in Ashburn for Back - Thoracic Disc Herniation A rise in the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has led to the discovery that perhaps as many as 15 percent of Americans, have a thoracic disc herniation.

Physical Therapy in Ashburn for Skiing - Stretching Stretching is an essential part of cross country skiing. A good stretching routine can help to prevent injury, and improve your exercise tolerance.

Pelvic Floor Exercise

This has to be the best birthday card in history .... how well do my staff know me?!

( I am guessing most are just seeing the funny graphic without realizing that Emma had the card personalised for me which made my birthday! 🥰 )

Interstitial Cystitis Network

So I threw together a new website today on Hunner's lesions. What do you think? Any glaring omissions?? Typos?? I had to do something to distract myself from this wicked beast of a cold!

Global Conversations

A woman in Brazil who received a womb transplanted from a deceased donor has given birth to a baby girl in the first successful case of its kind.

Section on Women's Health-APTA

Do you have complications of getting back in shape after a pregnancy? Visit the Section on Women's Health-APTA PT Locator to find a Physical Therapist NEAR YOU that specializes in pregnancy and postpartum physical therapy:

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#pregnancy #pelvichealth #postpartum #pregnancyrecovery #momtobe

Move Forward PT

We can't stop time. Or can we? The right type and amount of physical activity can help stave off many age-related health problems.

Section on Women's Health-APTA

Cochrane Researchers 'Confident' in Pelvic Floor Muscle Therapy as Effective UI Treatment #UI #pelvichealth #physicaltherapy #UrinaryIncontinence

Pelvic Floor Exercise

Pelvic Floor Exercise Christmas Tip of the Day! Just because this is a mad time of year , doesn't mean you can forget your exercises. In fact you probably need them more than ever

Dr. Kaylee Garrett Simmerman, PT, DPT

[ Curious About What Actually Irritates Your Bladder? ] 💦

Check out this photo to get a general idea of what it could be. Of course, there are more and more specifics. ✅✅

I want you to remember something. This does not mean you will NEVER be able to have these again, it just means you want to consider your intake of them! 🤯

I want you to put in the comments section which one is the HARDEST for you to give up. 👇👇

Because, let's face it. They can ALL be difficult!!

Half of Women Age 50+ Experience Incontinence

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy can help While nearly half of older women experience bladder leakage, they rarely discuss it with their doctor, according to a new University of Michigan-AARP poll.

Pelvic Floor Exercise

Pelvic Floor Exercise Tip of the Day: You can't learn a correct pelvic floor contraction from a pamphlet ( it has been researched) using abdominal ultrasound isn't very useful either because there are no bony landmarks to use as reference points - in other words to see the bladder moving in relation to something fixed. All too often we see patients who have higher tone pelvic floor muscles who have been told they are weak because no bladder lift was seen on ultrasound when in fact there was no lift because the muscle was already tense and holding the bladder neck up high with no where really to go. Nor does it show a reasonable close ie some activity, but no lift so the patient can be left feeling dejected that nothing is happening when in fact there is once you examine internally.
Don't jump down my throat , I know there is a percentage of people who can't have/don't want a proper examination but be careful what you tell people when you aren't examining fully. I also know there are a large number of people getting it wrong with just verbal or abdominal cueing.
Transperineal ultrasound is far more accurate and we are now seeing research on trans- symphysis pubis which is exciting as it is less invasive than transperineal or transvaginal or an actual vaginal exam.
Whilst any input can be good input , remember you wouldn't accept a visual exam for any other condition with a let's hope it is right attitude. If you aren't sure you are activating your pelvic floor correctly , get examined properly.

Section on Women's Health-APTA

Read full post: Find a Physical Therapist near you who specializes in incontinence and pevic pain using our PT Locator: #ChoosePT #physicaltherapy #menopause #leakage #incontinence #pelvicpain

Interstitial Cystitis Network

Live Interstitial Cystitis Support Group Meeting - We're taking your questions on IC and reviewing the top foods that irritate a tender IC bladder! Come one, come call

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A physical therapist can help you take care of yourself in so many ways!

Video credit to Brianna Bacich

What Can You Eat After J-Pouch Surgery? What is a regular diet for a person with a j-pouch? Find out which foods can cause diarrhea, skin irritation, and bowel obstructions.

Interstitial Cystitis Network

Is IC a bladder disease? You might be surprised to learn that it isn't for many patients. ICN President Jill Osborne shares the subtypes of IC that could explain why you are not responding to treatment. If you would like more information, please come visit our website - We also have a video which explains the subtypes in-depth at: Our patient support line is: 800-928-7496!

(Please note that this video is for educational purposes only. We do NOT provide medical advice. If you hear something that you find intriguing or would like to explore further, we encourage you to research it and, always, talk with your doctor about it. )

Pelvic Floor Exercise

There are many options for managing #POP other than surgery
*weight control
* good toilet habits - stop straining
* learn to control intra-abdominal pressures correctly
* pelvic floor muscle training
* pessary support
Are all ways of managing prolapse
* Get educated
* Find a GOOD Pelvic Floor Physio
* make sure your personal trainer is trained in how to exercise with prolapse
* stay active!

Nurtured Mumma

Abdominal separation in pregnancy is normal. The gap that develops is what allows space for the growing baby.

All the fear mongering that rectus diastasis/rectus separation/abdominal separation is THE END OF THE WORLD and pathological is either pure fear mongering to support a product or industry, or very misinformed.

Bodies change and accommodate growth in pregnancy and then, with appropriate activity can undergo recovery and restoration after birth. A small percentage of women need professional help with their recovery and many women do benefit from guided exercise in the initial post birth phase to facilitate solid functional recovery.

Telling women that abdominal separation can "increase rates of csection, tears and forceps delivery" is complete misinformation and fear mongering.

Telling women that abdominal separation WILL cause back pain is pure crystal balling. We know pain is far more complex than just mechanics or post pregnancy changes. Not all women with separation WILL get back or other pains.

Telling women THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY or METHOD they can recover after birth is also misleading. If that was the case, we would all be stuffed after birth across the world. There is always more than one way to facilitate change.

Telling women THEY MUST purchase a specific abdominal brace or they are DOOMED is also misleading. A lot of women with abdominal separation in the postnatal phase can recover without light or heavy external bracing or supports. External bracing also runs the risk of changing motor patterning and creating additional issues if it is heavily relied upon. Support and bracing should be used judiciously as a short term aid to recovery alongside and active rehab programme.

Also run a mile if you are told you have a 20cm separation in any assessment...the chances of that is very, very slim (especially if you haven't had twins or multiple babies) and I'd be concerned about the experience and skill level of the practitioner doing the assessment.

If you need help, see an experienced pelvic and women's health Physio who recognises how language is important,.who knows this stuff, who knows, how our bodies can recover and can support you in the postnatal period. No fear. No threats. Just effective support. One with specialised skill in this area can assess,.formulate a treatment plan and also refer you on for additional surgical management in the small group of women who need that extra help

Women's and pelvic health Physios know our bodies can recover after birth. We know how to support you in the postnatal period. No fear. No threats. Just effective support and positive change.

Our bodies are not broken. They are changing, constantly though all the ages and stages.

We are amazing. Our bodies are amazing! The whole process is miraculous.

If this information resonates with you, please share widely, It's a conversation that is needed!

Trying Physical Therapy First For Low Back Pain May Curb Use Of Opioids A study of patients with low back pain finds that those who got physical therapy first needed fewer pricey scans and surgeries and had "significantly lower out-of-pocket costs" for treatment overall.

Vulvodynia, Vestibulodynia, and Vaginismus: what's the difference? Vulvodynia, vestibulodynia, and vaginismus are three diagnoses associated with painful sex. Understanding the differences and obtaining a proper differential diagnosis leads to efficient and effective treatment plans. This week we tell you what you need to know!

Pelvic Guru

May is Maternal Mental Health Month and this week is Maternal Mental Health Awareness week. Let’s support moms in the #4thtrimester 🌸🌸🌸🌸 1 in 5 moms experience #postpartum mental health struggles

#mmhweek2018 #maternalmentalhealthawareness #postpartumdepression

Interstitial Cystitis Network

An important IC/BPS research study conducted by Beaumont Health (Royal Oak, MI) is currently seeking women between the ages of 18 and 85! All treatment is free. Call for information at: 248-551-3355! Learn more at:

No. 358-Intravaginal Laser for Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause and Stress Urinary Incontinence This technical bulletin reviews the evidence relating to risks and benefits of using intravaginal laser technology in the management of genitourinary syndrome of menopause and stress urinary incontinence.

Best way to avoid back pain? Lift heavy things The human spine can withstand heavy lifting, according to the latest research.

What Is a Colonic and Should You Get One? | HealthyWomen Then it might seem reasonable that a thorough cleansing of your colon might help rid your body of excess toxins that collect over time through eating, drinking, breathing and general lifestyle habits. Supporters of colonics link those toxins to health problems, bloating, fatigue, weight gain, bad sk...

Pelvic Guru

“Too often, a woman’s pain is not merely met with doubt, but suspicion, both within the medical community and outside of it. Author and activist Abby Norman, has put decades of labor—including careful, independent medical study—into studying this phenomenon, as she describes in her book Ask Me About My Uterus...”

Virginia Physical Therapy Association - VPTA

2 fantastic opportunities coming up that you won't want to miss:

1) Course with Bill Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAPTA
2) Regional meeting of the World Confederation for PT; at APTA headquarters in April

Menstrual Blood Test Could Be Breakthrough in Endometriosis Diagnosis Learn more about research that could be an endometriosis breakthrough — a blood test of menstrual effluent that may help develop a non-invasive test and faster diagnosis.

Section on Women's Health-APTA

If these tips don't help, a Pelvic Health Physical Therapist can help address your issues. Find a Pelvic PT:

#bowelhealth #constipation #pelvichealthphysicaltherapist #pelvichealth

Do pediatric bowel and bladder difficulties lead to adult pelvic pain? Adults with pelvic pain often suffer from constipation, reporting that constipation has been a problem since childhood. Could improved pediatric bowel mechanics reduce the prevalence of adult pelvic floor disorders?

Seeing a Pelvic Physical Therapist After Giving Birth Should be Our “New Normal” Going to a physical therapist (PT) after pregnancy and childbirth isn’t standardized care in America, but it absolutely should be.I sat down with three therapists at Body Connect Health & Wellness (where I get treatment) to learn more about why every mom should check in with a pelvic PT at least

Pelvic Guru

Endometriosis explained!

#endometriosis #endometriosisawarenessmonth

Section on Women's Health-APTA

Unlike Larry Nassar, practitioners of pelvic floor physical therapy always wear gloves, which prevent infections but also make patients more comfortable. They manipulate muscles to release and elongate those that are tense and shortened or to strengthen weakened muscles. They often assign patients exercises to do at home.

“There is nothing sexual about it,” said Rhonda Kotarinos, a physical therapist in Chicago who specializes in the pelvic floor and is an author of several studies on the therapy.

She, like many other practitioners, now worries that women with pelvic problems who could benefit from the treatment will be reluctant to seek help for fear of being abused.

“Much of the general public doesn’t realize what we as physical therapists have to offer them,” said Lori Mize

Some patients who come to a physical therapist will say they aren’t comfortable with transvaginal manipulation, and therapists say they utilize it only if the patient both understands what’s involved and freely consents.

Read more by clicking on the #NYTimes article below:

#pelvichealth #physicaltherapy #nassar #womenshealth #larrynassar #whatyouneedtoknow #APTA #womenshealthphysicaltherapy

Get PT 1st

Great infographic from the California Physical Therapy Association!

Healing Through Movement

Loosening the hip flexor is one of the most important things many people aren't doing.
Hip flexors are the engine through which our bodies move.
EVERYTHING goes through the hips.
And when they're tight, they can lead to a host of problems.
Learn about a step-by-step program designed to help loosen hip flexors, enhance strength training, and improve overall health.

Why a Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation is essential after every Pregnancy? | My French Physio Why a Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation is essential after every Pregnancy? by Virgil | Jan 23, 2018 | Woman’s health (obstetric) | Why a Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation is essential after every Pregnancy? In France, Women have automatically 10 Physiotherapy sessions with a women’s health specialist af....

Opinion | Nassar’s Abuses Stigmatize A Legitimate Medical Treatment Setting the record straight on pelvic physical therapy for the sake of women's health.

Section on Women's Health-APTA

We have updated the language on this infographic following your great feedback. Download/share this *UPDATED* version of this infographic at

What can a Women's Health Physical Therapist or a Pelvic Health Physical Therapist do for you? Check out some of these great educational resources:

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Stay tuned for a complete REVAMP of our PT Locator in the coming week!

The emphasis of the health sciences on fitness and wellness has brought to women’s attention a need to pay closer attention to their bodies during recreation, work, and throughout life. Many physical therapists have specialized training which will benefit women with a variety of medical conditions. These therapists use every facet of their physical therapy training to evaluate and treat female clients, promoting and enhancing health through the life span.

#bladderhealth #bowelhealth #menstruation #sexualabuse #whateverygirlshouldknow #womenshealth #MindfulMonday #kegels #wednesdaywisdom #constipation #health #choosePT #nutrition #pelvicpain #incontinence #healthylifestyle #healthychoices #healthcare
APTA Section on Women's Health Student Special Interest Group - SSIG

Interstitial Cystitis Network

Interstitial Cystitis Network

Are bladder treatments not working for you? Have you gotten worse rather than better over time? Don't bankrupt yourself by taking medicine that doesn't work. This new ICN blog may help you find better and more effective treatments for your unique case of IC/BPS!

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