Pelvic floor dysfunction: Problems may be treated with exercises

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There is hope for men and women who suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction, according to physical therapist Kim Gladfelter. While many people believe there is no cure, and medical professionals may dismiss their concerns, Gladfelter emphasized that pelvic floor problems can be treated with pelvic girdle stabilization, internal manual therapy, biofeedback and/or exercise.

Pelvic floor health is an important topic that doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it deserves.

We hear about core strength, back problems, spine health, neck pain and foot care, yet the pelvic floor goes ignored. Like so many other things, it’s not something that people think about until there is a problem – and then it’s the only thing they think about.

Tips for battling allergy season

Achoo! It’s the all-too-familiar sound that arrives at spring’s first bloom. With it comes the dreaded stuffy and runny nose and itchy eyes – allergy season has sprung.

“Things seem to really crescendo in March, April, May, and that’s the worst time of year for most people who live in Northern California,” said Dr. Steven Rubinstein, chairman of the allergy department at Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Mountain View location.

Ceiling breakers: Female surgeons at ECH own their profession against the odds

When Dr. Sari Levine began working at El Camino Hospital in 1991, something stood out to her about the operating room changing areas: The men’s side was labeled “Doctors,” while the women’s side was dubbed “Nurses.”

“I was raised by parents to be independent and outspoken,” said Levine, a urological surgeon. “Within about two weeks, I met the CEO of the hospital and said, ‘You know, it’s sort of interesting that we’re already in 1991 and I’m supposed to change in the nurses lounge. Why doesn’t it just say ‘Men’ and ‘Women’?”’

Is couples counseling possible if only one partner participates?

Romantic relationships nearly always begin well but often end badly. For example, the divorce rate in the U.S. is roughly 40 percent. Even the best of relationships can have serious rough patches.

There comes a point when one if not both partners in a troubled relationship begin to think they may need help. They start having thoughts like, “This is just not working.” “She is always complaining.” “He doesn’t want to spend time with me.” “I don’t know how to fix this.”

Seamless ways to fit exercise into your schedule this spring

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According to Passion Fit founder Reena Vokoun, there’s no excuse for skipping workouts, especially given the abundance of exercise apps, at-home equipment and local fitness classes.

According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, only 21 percent of adults in the U.S. are meeting the weekly guidelines for exercise.

Not only are many people too busy to exercise, but the number is probably even lower in the winter months, when the weather is colder and people fall ill during cold and flu season.

Keeping your love alive after Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day and its celebration of romantic love has come and gone. Now that the flowers are wilting, how do we keep love alive the other 364 days? It’s a fair question, because without regularly investing time and energy into our relationship, we can dig ourselves into a rut.

Here’s a suggestion that many mental health-care professionals recommend: Make and maintain rituals for the two of you. That might sound a bit odd if you think of a ritual like a wedding ceremony. But these rituals are something you choose to do regularly with your partner, for example, a weekly date night or activity.

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