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Category Archives: Women’s Health

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The Link Between Menopause and Back Pain

Back Pain Menopause

If you are a woman aged 45 and beyond and you’re experiencing back pain; whether it’s a new occurrence, you didn’t have this before, or it just gradually came on, it’s this nagging, aching back ache that seems to be getting worse. Well, you’re not alone. In fact, many women over the age of 45…

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3 Proven Ways You Can Relieve Sciatic Pain While Sleeping

Sciatica is a condition that can wreak havoc on your life, both physically and emotionally. Sciatica can prevent you from enjoying life’s simple pleasures such as playing with your children or getting a good night’s sleep. The constant discomfort and sleepless nights can lead to frustration, anxiety, and even depression. However, there is hope! In…

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What Exercises NOT to do After Hysterectomy


Let’s answer a pressing question which a new client recently emailed in asking for the answer to: “Dr. Dawn, I am now 8 weeks post total hysterectomy and my doctor has released to begin exercising except I would like to know what exercises should I not be doing after my hysterectomy?” – Hayley, 62, Carlsbad,…

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Why Physical Therapy Can Help With Bladder Leakage

Do you suffer from an overactive bladder or bladder leakage? We describe an overactive bladder (OAB) as a more frequent than “average” urge to urinate throughout the day. People who suffer from this condition tend to wake up and visit the bathroom 3-4 times per night. Sometimes more. And, unfortunately, it can also lead to…

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What Causes Painful Sex?

Do you live in fear of painful sex? Is pain during or after sex ruining your sex life? Are you worried about what may be causing it? Any pain or discomfort you feel in the pelvic region, vagina, or labia during or after sex is known as dyspareunia. The word derives from Greek, meaning “difficulty…

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Reduce Back Pain After Pregnancy 

After the birth is over, and your child has been born, you have surely passed the worst discomfort that pregnancy can throw at you. Right?  However, this is not always the case. Some women have more tenderness and irritation coming their way – in the form of postpartum back pain.  The physical changes that cause…

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How Physical Therapy Helps With Post-Hysterectomy Pain

  Have you had a hysterectomy or booked in to have one? Are you wondering what to expect and how to heal well afterward? A hysterectomy is the second most common medical procedure for women in the US after the C-Section. Studies reveal that more than 600,000 women undergo this procedure annually across the US.…

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Is Lower Back Pain Normal During Pregnancy?

Aside from heartburn, indigestion, and pelvic pain (of course), lower back pain is one of the most common complaints we hear from pregnant women.  It’s not easy being pregnant. It’s one of life’s greatest joys, but it also comes with its fair share of physical upset as your body adjusts to its new normal. By…

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What Is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

Are you worried you have a Pelvic Organ Prolapse? Some women consider living with pelvic organ prolapse like carrying a bowling ball around in their underwear. It sounds dramatic – if you haven’t experienced it. Still, this description perfectly illustrates the unrelenting pressure and tugging pain inside the vagina that accompanies this common women’s health…

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Why Can’t I Control My Bladder? 

The joy of laughter is one of life’s greatest pleasures, right? Well, not if you’re a woman who can’t control her bladder and suffers from urinary incontinence.  If that’s you, we get it. We know it’s the opposite that is true – laughing is no fun at all, and in extreme cases, the leakage that…

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