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Media Appearances by Heather Jeffcoat, DPT on Physical Therapy's Role in Pelvic Floor Health, Chronic Pain and General Conditioning

Heather Jeffcoat, DPT

Heather Jeffcoat, DPT has been a featured writer in a number of print publications, and her increasing recognition as a leading expert in her field has resulted in appearances on "Loveline with Mike and Dr. Drew", Popsugar, Health, Cosmo, ABC and more. The demand for her expertise is on the rise as more and more folks seek to remedy the issues that Heather and her team regularly deal with.

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Best Massage Guns
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The best massage guns boost workout recovery by improving blood flow and reducing muscle tension.

The signs of a great workout are unmistakeable: You’re sweaty, you’re tired, and your muscles are on fire. But the next day? That jolt of energy is often replaced with uncomfortably achy muscles. The good news: Soreness, tightness, and just straight up pain isn’t something you have to suffer through. If your average foam roller just isn’t doing the the trick, these are the best massage guns that can help improve your recovery.

Read more: Prevention.com | 7 Best Massage Guns to Relieve Muscle Pain and Soreness, According to Physical...

Stop Peeing Just In Case
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I was asked by Shelby Heinrich of BuzzFeed for my advice on how peeing too often can affect your bladder health, and how to "stop peeing just in case" when your bladder is only half full instead of at full capacity. Here is a brief summary with a link to the full article.

Heather Jeffcoat

I don't know about you, but I was always taught growing up that it's good to pee before leaving the house, "just in case."

Not really sure if you actually need to go? Just pop a squat and see what happens!

Makes sense, right? Why not pee now in order to avoid having to pee later, at a more inconvenient time? Well, according to TikToker @nosuchthingastmi, it's actually not a good idea!

In the TikTok, she explains that if you frequently urinate when you don't actually need to, you're emptying your bladder when it's only half full instead of at full capacity.

This can lead to increased feelings of urgency because your bladder gets used to functioning at a lower capacity than it's supposed to. Once that happens, you need to retrain your bladder so it stops signaling that it needs to be emptied when it's really only half full.

Read more: BuzzFeed | A Woman On TikTok Claimed We Need To "Stop Peeing Just In Case", So I Spoke To A Doctor

One Shoulder Is Stronger Than the Other
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Livestrong reached out to Fusion Wellness' own Kasia Gondek, a physical therapist and certified strength and conditioning specialist, for some tips on how to determine if one shoulder is stronger than the other, and how to keep your shoulders in balance. Here is a brief synopsis with a link to the full article below.

In an ideal world, we would all have perfectly balanced strength and crush workouts left and right. But here in the real world, however, many people struggle with muscular imbalances that make certain movements extra challenging.

Shoulder imbalances are particularly prevalent, says Kasia Gondek, physical therapist and certified strength and conditioning specialist at Fusion Wellness and Physical Therapy. It's common — but not normal — for one shoulder to have less strength, activation or coordination than the other, Dr. Gondek says.

Read more: Livestrong | 2 Tests to Help Determine if One Shoulder Is Stronger Than the Other (and 3 Exercises...

Home Fitness Products
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The following excerpts are from an article at Bustle.com where they requested my input on affordable products for your own home gym. A link to the full article is shown below.

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We only recommend products we love and that we think you will, too.

We may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was written by our Commerce team.

Working out at home is more common than ever right now, and everyone is on the hunt for space-efficient gym equipment that doesn't cost a fortune. To help you upgrade your exercise routine, Bustle reached out to fitness experts who offered their recommendations for the most effective home fitness products on Amazon. Best of all, each of these items costs under $40, so you can break a sweat without breaking the bank.

Read more: Bustle: Experts Say These Are The 36 Most Effective Home Fitness Products On Amazon Under $40

sex with my boyfriend is always painful
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I was featured in the Independent as a resource for answers to the question "Why is sex with my boyfriend is always painful?" in a recent article at the website of the Irish Independent newspaper. There is a link to the full article shown below.

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Author: Mary O'Conor

I am 24 years of age and ever since I became sexually active, I have experienced a lot of pain. I don't have any medical issues down below. I'm on a contraceptive that is an injection every three months. I dread sex every time, which I know isn't healthy, but the pain is unbearable. I love my boyfriend and would love for this to reduce, if not stop altogether.

Please can you provide some advice on this as it has begun to take a toll on our relationship.

Mary replies: Dyspareunia, which is what painful intercourse is called, is naturally very upsetting. Vaginismus, a condition whereby the woman is unable to allow penetration at all and unable to allow even a medical examination of the vaginal area, is almost always psychological in origin, but dyspareunia often has a physical component. In your case, however, you tell me that there are no medical issues, so I assume that you have discussed all this with your doctor who hasn't found any physical reason for your pain.

Read more: Ireland's Independent | Dear Mary: Sex with my boyfriend is always painful

Lymphatic Massage
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Lymphatic Massage and What it Can Do For You

When you think about getting a massage, benefits like relaxation and muscle relief may come to mind. But what about a massage that may support a stronger immune system and more muscle tone? Well, those are some of the potential benefits of a lymphatic drainage massage.

Lymphatic massage has been popularized recently as a way to reduce bloat and flush out toxins, but it's actually been used as a medicinal practice for some time. And unlike some overhyped beauty and wellness treatments, there's actually a good amount of science behind lymphatic massage. To get the scoop, mbg tapped a few experts to learn about the technique, and if it's actually legitimate. 

Read more: Mindbodygreen: What Exactly Is A Lymphatic Massage? Plus, How To Perform One At Home

Underrated Exercises
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Kasia Gondek, PT, DPT, CSCS Discussing Underrated Exercises You're Probably Not Doing

By K.M. Langevin/Jan. 21, 2021 10:12 am EST

There's no denying that exercise provides lifelong benefits. Studies have confirmed exercise increases longevity and staves off illness (via Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine). And while many likely have a regular exercise habit, others of you might be trying to form a new habit and make exercise a part of your healthy lifestyle.

Either way, incorporating exercise into your life might feel like a relatively easy decision, but determining what underrated exercises you should do might pose questions. This may be especially true if you grew up doing sit-ups or pushups (complete with poor form) in gym class or started working out on Nautilus machines when you first joined a gym.

Just as there are some seriously overrated exercises, there are some exercises that are underrated — many of which can help us address modern-day challenges. While one may help you minimize stress, another can relieve muscular tension. "[We] can combat pain found in the body by easily exercising certain muscles we typically wouldn't think to," Nate Ho, fitness director of the UFC GYM in Mililani, Hawaii told Health Digest. Here's a look at some of the best and seriously underrated exercises to try.

Read more: Health Digest: Underrated Exercises You're Probably Not Doing

Stretching Post-Workout
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Byrdie Calls on Heather Jeffcoat on Stretching Post-Workout

The website Byrdie has garnered quite a following thanks to their informative, well written content on all things related to women's health and beauty. In this recent article they reached out to our own Heather Jeffcoat, DPT for her expert advice on how to improve the effectiveness of your pre- and post-workout regimen with a few simple stretching tips.

The article begins:

We naturally do it first thing in the morning, reaching high and long into the air to rid our body of tension and stress, yet many of us skip the stretching portion of our workout, promising to do it next time. Love it or hate it, stretching is an essential component for many in leading a healthy and fit lifestyle.

Read more: Byrdie | Fact: You Probably Aren't Stretching Post-Workout as Long as You Should

Best Kegel Weights
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How and why you'd want to give your vagina a workout, using the best kegel weights availalble

By Gina Vaynshtey

January 8, 2021

You've got your at-home workout equipment, signed up for a wellness app, and maybe even a meal kit—but what have you done for your vag lately? The best Kegel weights, as well as smart trainers and machines, exist to strengthen your pelvic floor. Unsure what the pelvic floor even is? Think of it as a hammock that supports some very important organs, like your uterus, bladder, and bowels—and keeps you from going number one or two when you have to go. The pelvic floor enables childbirth, but it's also a major player in your sex life

How do Kegel exercises help strengthen your pelvic floor?

Kegel exercises, whether you choose to use a product or not, can help. These exercises involve a series of contracting and relaxing your pelvic-floor muscles to help strengthen them.

Read more: Glamour: 9 Best Kegel Weights, According to Pelvic-Floor Experts

Exercise After 50
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The following excerpts are from an article entitled "9 Amazing Things Exercise Can Do for You After 50" on the highly regarded website Livestrong. They reached out to Laureen McVicker and Heather Jeffcoat for their advice on this vital topic for all of us who have reached the half century mark. A link to the full article is below.

By Amanda Capritto, CPT, CF-L1

While exercise is important at all stages of life, it may have the most significant effect on older adults, especially those 50 and above. As you age, your body undergoes several changes, many of which are degenerative and can be debilitating to your health.

But exercise can help slow these age-related health issues or even prevent them in the first place.

Read more: Livestrong | 9 Amazing Things Exercise After 50 Can Do for You

Cycling When You’re Pregnant

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Healthline reached out to Heather Jeffcoat for her advice on cycling when you're pregnant. Read on for Heather's expert advice.

Outdoor Cycling When You’re Pregnant - Safety Tips

Taking your cycling to the street or trails is a bit more dicey than exercising indoors. That’s because there are variables you can’t control.

Physical therapist Heather Jeffcoat, DPT, agrees.

The biggest risk with cycling outdoors is the risk of falling, leading to abdominal trauma,” she says. That’s why she advises her patients to stop cycling after their first trimester.

Read more: Healthline: Is It Safe to Indoor or Outdoor Cycling When You’re Pregnant?

Posture Correctors to Stop Slouching
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Self Magazine's online staff recently reached out to select experts in the field of physical therapy, including our own Heather Jeffcoat, DPT, for their input on the best posture correctors to stop slouching. Here is a brief excerpt and a link to the full article.

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October 31, 2020

8 Posture Correctors to Stop Slouching

Physical therapists share their top recommendations.

By Krissy Brady

If you’re one of the many people navigating a new home office lifestyle or spending more time at home, you may notice that your posture is suffering as a result. Maybe your body is starting to resemble a question mark due to an uncomfortable work setup or being cooped up indoors. When so much of your daily grind is spent in front of a screen or hovered over a phone, without enough breaks in between, it’s easy to develop the tendency to round and slump your shoulders (which, in turn, puts pressure on your spine).

Read more: Self.com asks Heather Jeffcoat, DPT | 8 Posture Correctors to Stop Slouching

Livestrong: 6 Portable Pieces of Outdoor Exercise Equipment That Let You Work Out Anywhere
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Livestrong Asks Heather Jeffcoat About Outdoor Exercise Equipment

The best workouts are ones that feel more like play than hard work. And you can make your workouts more fun with some light-weight, portable equipment you can throw into a backpack or duffle back and bring with you just about anywhere.

Running Parachute

A running parachute is a great training device for stamina, muscular endurance and acceleration. Heather Jeffcoat, a physical therapist and owner of Fusion Wellness and Physical Therapy in Los Angeles, recommends using the parachute to help you perform fun and challenging resisted sprints. The faster you run, the more resistance you will feel.

Read more: Livestrong | 6 Portable Pieces of Outdoor Exercise Equipment That Let You Work Out Anywhere

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Michael Castleman M.A. has written an informative article for Psychology Today about women's options for self help when it comes to painful intercourse.

According to the landmark “Sex In America” survey (1994), sexual pain afflicts around 20 percent of American women—15 percent before menopause, 33 percent after. That’s such a shame. Except for consensual BDSM, sex should never hurt, not even the first time.

Read more: Psychology Today: Effective Self-Help for Women’s Pain During Intercourse

Healthline: How to Build a Home Gym for Under $150
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Healthline has once again reached out to Heather Jeffcoat for her expert opinion on staying healthy via postural exercise.

Foam roller: $25

These firm, yet comfortably supportive rollers are great for doing basic postural exercises to advanced core stabilization techniques, says Heather Jeffcoat, physical therapist and certified Pilates instructor.

Read more: Healthline: How to Build a Home Gym for Under $150

seated strength workout
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Livestrong has once again reached out to our own Heather Jeffcoat for her expertise, this time on the best seated strength workout.

In this latest article by Amada Capritto, Heather reveals some valuable tips on how to get your reps in even if your mobility is limited.

Having limited mobility can be frustrating — it might even feel fruitless to attempt strength training. But it's important to exercise regardless of your ability level, says Heather Jeffcoat, Los Angeles-based physical therapist. With the right fitness programming, it's totally doable.

Read more: Livestrong | A 20-Minute Seated Strength Workout for Anyone With Limited Mobility

C|Net: The Best Foam Rollers for Muscle Soreness and Stiffness, According to Pros
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Foam Rollers for Muscle Soreness

With over 58,000 incoming links, an Alexa global ranking of 164 worldwide, and publication in seven languages, C|Net is one of the leading voices on the web when it comes to all things tech related. Their About page reads:

"CNET tells you what's new in tech, culture and science, why it matters, how it works and what you need.

Our global team works 24/7 to explore and explain the changing world around us. You can depend on CNET for news, commentary, analysis, features, FAQs, advice, hands-on reviews, buying guides, amazing photography and fun and informative videos."

In this recent article they venture away from the tech world and into the land of foam rollers for yoga and targeted stretching. Of course when they went looking for authoritative voices, they tapped Heather Jeffcoat for her expert opinion:

Read more: C|Net: The Best Foam Rollers for Muscle Soreness and Stiffness, According to Pros

Pilates Crunch Variation
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Heather Jeffcoat at PopSugar: the Best Pilates Crunch Variation for Your Abs

In this latest article by Maggie Ryan, PopSugar once again contacted our own Heather Jeffcoat, DPT, this time for her expert opinion on a pilates crunch variation for toning your lower abs.

"I've been doing a lot of Pilates lately, and my abs are really liking all the new moves. One core exercise I really didn't see coming? Pilates double toe taps, a simple crunch variation done on your back that lit up my lower abs."

Read more: POPSUGAR: Prepare Your Core For a Pilates Crunch Variation That My Lower Abs Did NOT See Coming

Pilates Instructors
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Heather Jeffcoat Provides Pilates Instructors Prowess to PopSugar

In their latest article about improving your core and achieving a flatter tummy and stronger abs through pilates, they contacted our own Heather Jeffcoat, DPT for her expert opinion:

Read more: POPSUGAR: The 11 Ab-Shaking Moves Pilates Instructors Want You to Do For a Strong, Toned Core

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With 189 out of 199 reviewers giving five stars, Sex Stories with Wyoh Lee is surely one of the highest rated podcasts in any genre. In Episode 60, Wyoh sits down with our own Heather Jeffcoat, DPT.

Bye-bye Pain, Hello Pleasure:

"Painful sex is great if you’re into that – but if it isn’t on purpose, Doctor of Physical Therapy Heather Jeffcoat can help you. In this episode, she explains how her work transforms sex lives of women and trans people and makes sex pleasurable – and in some cases, possible – again. We get an overview of her book, Sex Without Pain, and Wyoh bookends the talk with some sexy listener shares."

Read more: Sex Stories Podcast: 60 | Bye-bye Pain, Hello Pleasure: Dr. Heather Jeffcoat, DPT

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