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The Most Ridiculous Pelvic Floor Advice I Got From A Doctor

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Have you noticed how quickly pelvic floor issues are dismissed by the medical community? The sole reason that The Tummy Team exists is that I (Kelly Dean, MPT, and founder) was completely dismissed by the medical community and I refused to give up my search for answers to why my body was falling apart. When the doctor or physical therapist dismisses or minimizes your valid symptoms, you start to dismiss them too. You are either…
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Learn How to Improve Optimal Fetal Alignment

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The Tummy Team specializes in functional core strength – training your internal corset muscle (the transverse abdominis) to be able to hold your body upright, while aligned and stable for real-life functional activities like sitting, standing, lifting and, in this case, supporting the uterus in pregnancy and labor and delivery. As Physical Therapists, we have the benefit of seeing clients during their entire pregnancy to help them prepare for pregnancy, labor, delivery and birth recovery….
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10 Questions to Ask a Pelvic Floor Specialist

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Finding the Right Pelvic Floor Specialist The Tummy Team specializes in functional core strength and functional pelvic floor strength. This is more than just learning how to do a few Kegel exercises. We teach you how to have comprehensive, reliable support and mobility of the muscles that support your bladder, vaginal canal, and lower intestinal tract. Functional pelvic floor strength includes pelvic stability to eliminate sacroiliac joint pain and pubic bone pain, as well as…
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4 Misconceptions about Abdominal Splinting

Historically many cultures around the world have used belly binding or abdominal splinting as a common postpartum practice. There are considerable benefits to abdominal splinting (even beyond postpartum needs), yet many tend to discourage the practice based on misconceptions. So what is it, exactly? An abdominal splint is a medical-grade, non-constricting support that reinforces the corset muscles of the body. When worn properly, it helps to pull together and stabilize the two sides of the…
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A New Standard for Postpartum Care

In the medical world, there are “standard of care” guidelines for specific scenarios based on what some group of medical professionals had deemed best. It refers to the expected treatment approach for any given diagnosis or patient type. For example, at a 4-month prenatal appointment, the standard of care would likely include urine analysis, weight check, blood pressure check, fundus height measurement, and listening to the baby’s heartbeat. There are some things some practitioners will…
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5 Things Your Doctor May Not Know About Diastasis Recti

Diastasis recti is a common, yet rarely diagnosed, condition that can contribute to multiple medical conditions. In short, diastasis recti is a separation of the abdominal wall at the linea alba – the connective tissue that runs down the center of your abdomen, connecting all your core muscles. If you would like to learn more about this condition, click here. This condition is widely under-diagnosed; as a result, you may not get the information you…
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Walking on Water – Living With Pelvic Floor Issues

  One of my dear friends recently sent a meme to me that said, “A perfect metaphor of my life is ‘someone trying to stand on a hammock.’” Of course, being a physical therapist, the first thing I thought about was my pelvic floor. Do you relate to that? Do you feel as if your pelvic floor has failed you? Do you feel like your pelvic floor is weak and unstable as if someone walking on water or standing…
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Gillian – A Story of Transformation

  My name is Gillian Sukachevin. I am a physical therapist at The Tummy Team. I received intensive training from Kelly Dean, the founder of The Tummy Team, to be a core rehabilitation specialist. I also have a special interest in the pelvic floor and was trained by Tami Kent, the founder of Holistic Pelvic Care. Both women are pioneers in their fields of women’s health physical therapy. I’ve been a physical therapist for about…
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Is Core Rehab Really Possible Online?

The question we asked for a long time: can you *really* achieve core rehab through an online program? Rehab is personal and specific, and people have the best results when we can see them and treat them specifically.  But the reality is there are a limited number of therapists who do what we do and yet so many women (and men) who need core rehab. So we set out to answer this question. I (Kelly, PT, and owner of…
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Core Rehab is More Than Numbers

It is so easy to focus on measurements…objective numbers. We are even trained this way in PT (physical therapy) school. Measurable, quantifiable changes. You have to measure it to compare changes, right? We focus on numbers in other areas too. How much we weigh…What size we wear…How tall we are…How many inches we have gained or lost…How fast we can swim, run, etc. Numbers don’t tell us everything. In fact, those numbers can actually become a distraction….
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