Newsletter & Blog

International Continence Society Conference 2013 in Barcelona

Just attended a phone conference review of all of the new research presented at the International Continence Society 2013 in Barcelona. Some interesting research topics included: levator ani defects found in 13-39% women after vaginal delivery and MRI studies show that post partum women with levator ani defects at 6 months post partum may recover on their own yet some remain with major defects; patients with urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse who demonstrated severely weak or absent pelvic floor muscle contraction upon vaginal palpation and after being trained in proper contraction.[...]

Patient Testimony: Ann, age 32, Astoria, NY

"I am 32, and lived with vulvodynia for many years. I was apprehensive about going off my pain medication (Gabapentin ) when my husband and I decided we wanted to get pregnant. I began treatment with Rivka Friedman, PT, MS, DPT. I was amazed at how well my body responded to pelvic floor therapy. I was able to feel as good and even occasionally better than I had while using medication. The treatment helped me manage my pain so I could focus on other areas of my life. I also appreciated the compassion and listening ear Rivka offered throughout my sessions."[...]

Patient Testimony: K.S., age 36, New York, NY

Pamela Morrison, PT, MS, DPT, BCB-PMD, IMTC is a master. She diagnosed the source of my pelvic pain and connected me with an expert OB/GYN. She has helped so many different parts of me feel better. Her expertise helped give me the courage to have a baby because I knew she’d be there to support and rehabilitate me after birth. She fixed my sacral pain in one visit after almost four months of bed rest. She is truly an integrative physician. She knows how all the systems interact, which makes her a great solver of complex issues. You can throw anything at Dr. Morrison – digestive pain, bladde[...]

Patient Testimony: Shani, age 24, New York, NY

"Pamela Morrison, PT, MS, DPT, BCB-PMD, IMTC, is the best at what she does. I first came to her knowing very little about my condition (vulvodynia). I was feeling rather hopeless and scared that my sex life would never return to normal. Dr. Morrison taught me so much about my body and my condition. She guided me through exercises, different “alternative” treatments and really improved my quality of life and my sex life. I’m moving to another city this month and am a bit nervous about leaving Dr. Morrison behind! Luckily, she was able to recommend a colleague in my new city and I’m feeling hope[...]

Dr. Pamela Morrison appointed as Executive Board Member of the National Vulvodynia Association (NVA)

Dr. Pamela Morrison has just accepted a position as an Executive Board Member of the National Vulvodynia Association (NVA). Being a manual orthopedic physical therapist for over 20 years, she has treated patients with chronic pelvic pain including patients with diagnoses such as vulvodynia, interstitial cystitis, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, prostatitis, endometriosis, prenatal and post partum, pelvic organ prolapse, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, digestive problems and pudendal neuralgia. In 2006, her doctoral project of "Common Evaluative Findings in Women with Vulvar Pain" was presented [...]

Treating Postpartum Patient with 2 Finger Diastasis Recti

We just evaluated a post partum patient (12 weeks) who was told by her pilates instructor that she had a 4 finger diastasis recti and when we tested her it was only a 2 finger separation. She was relieved and is on her road to recovery now. We had her stop the pilates until her abdominal wall comes back together using an abdominal binder and prescriptive exercises. Diastasis recti is a separation between the left and right side of the abdominal muscle which covers the front surface of the belly area called the rectus abdominis muscle. Diastasis recti is a common condition during pregnancy. As [...]

Pediatric Physical Therapy

We provide expert one-to-one care for the pediatric population. Every pediatric patient is evaluated by a highly skilled physical therapist and a plan of care is created with the input of the parents or caregivers. Each child is evaluated carefully as an individual. Our therapists are skilled in generalized orthopedics as well as experts in all pelvic dysfunction including pelvic floor muscle dysfunction associated with bed-wetting (nocturnal enuresis), incontinence, constipation, pelvic pain, and pain associated with digestive issues. Pelvic floor muscle dysfunction is evaluated through non-i[...]

Treating Sciatica Pain During Pregnancy

We just evaluated a pregnant patient with complaints of sciatica pain down her left leg. She is in her third trimester and due in April. She presents with a sacral torsion which is when the fused triangular shaped bone at the bottom of the spine is rotated to one side. This can cause irritation/inflammation to the sacroiliac joints and the sacral nerves on either side which can cause a referral of pain into the buttock or down the back of the leg. We performed soft tissue mobilization to the pelvis and spine, joint mobilization, muscle energy techniques, and issued stretching exercises. She is[...]

Treament For Patient History of Constipation

One of our current patients is getting relief of a 30-year history of constipation. It takes this patient 3 hours to have a bowel movement in the morning. Yes, that means that this patient spends 3 hours per day in the morning trying to have a bowel movement and has tremendous pelvic pain and rectal pain associated with the bowel movement. This patient has undergone 3 treatments of physical therapy consisting of visceral manipulation, pelvic mobility exercises and movement re-education techniques, prescriptive pelvic floor muscle exercises, surface EMG biofeedback, and pelvic floor muscle reha[...]

Patient Testimonials: Pamela Morrison is the most effective physical therapist I’ve had

"Pamela Morrison is the most effective physical therapist I’ve had and I’ve tried 3 different therapist in 2 different states. She takes a personal interest in her patients’ recovery, but more importantly, her level of expertise is unsurpassed. I was impressed by her intimate knowledge of the female pelvic floor and ways to treat it. I learned from her so much and things that my two previous therapists didn’t tell me or didn’t know to tell. Pamela has helped my condition tremendously. Because of this I travel to NYC from Westchester County to be her patient. She is very informed about the newe[...]