Posts made in February, 2017

Low-Level Laser Therapy

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Uncategorized, Visceral Pain, Vulvodynia

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a form of cold laser which uses only light energy to stimulate healing at the cellular level. Here you see expert pelvic physical therapist, Luba Starostiak, treating a patient who has an acute flare of mid back pain after receiving chiropractic manipulation in another clinic. Cold laser can quickly calm a painful area. The patient does not feel any heat from its use hence the term “cold laser”. Clinical applications include use in wound healing, tissue regeneration, and pain reduction. LLLT promotes vasodilation which improves blood supply and...

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Sacrotuberous Ligaments (and Pregnancy)

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

Tension in the sacrotuberous ligaments hinders pelvic mobility, causes misalignment of the pelvis, sacrum, or coccyx & may result in tension in the pelvic floor muscles, hamstrings,or cause compression to the pudendal nerve. This results in less efficient vaginal delivery/childbirth, low back pain, or pelvic pain. In this image an external palpation of the sacrotuberous ligaments in all-fours position is achieved. This image is taken while attending a seminar on breech position in pregnancy. Other positions to assess the ligaments might be prone (our pregnancy treatment tables have...

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Hip Pathology Affects Pelvic Pain

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

Hip pathology can be a cause of chronic pelvic pain – many patients with pelvic pain and pelvic floor muscle dysfunction have an underlying or related hip disorder. Here is an image of us performing a hip mobilization using a mobilization belt. This technique helps to relax the hip muscles, reduce pain, improve range of motion, reduce joint compression, and stretch the hip. Studies show that a number of patients with chronic pelvic pain have hip impingement syndrome (FAI – femoral acetabular impingement). There are 3 types of FAI. CAM deformity (or camshaft), Pincer, or combined...

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