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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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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 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

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I was featured in the Independent as a resource for pain during sex in a recent article at the website of the Irish Independent newspaper. There is a link to the full article shown below.

Heather Jeffcoat

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

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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.

This type of 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 massages. 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

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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 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

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Byrdie Calls on Heather Jeffcoat on How to Improve Your Workouts

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 as Long as You Should Post-Workout

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How and why you'd want to give your vagina a workout.

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

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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 Can Do for You After 50

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

Outdoor cycling safety

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 Cycle When You’re Pregnant?

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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 tools to help keep correct posture. 

Here is a brief excerpt and a link to the full article:

Health
October 31, 2020

8 Posture Correctors That Will Help You 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 That Will Help You 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 Workout 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

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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

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The highly respected website Livestrong has once again reached out to our own Heather Jeffcoat for her expertise in all things physical therapy related.

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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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

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Heather Jeffcoat Once Again Featured by PopSugar

In this latest article by Maggie Ryan, they once again contacted our own Heather Jeffcoat, DPT, this time for her expert opinion on pilates crunches 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

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Heather Jeffcoat Provides Pilates 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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Livestrong.com was founded by world champion cyclist Lance Armstrong. In their own words the site "provides the blueprint to simple healthy living", and it covers a wide variety of topics that help people make better choices about their health and wellness.

While compiling information for the article linked below they reached out Heather Jeffcoat for her opinion on several topics, including the best options for Pilates reformers. To quote Heather:

Read more: Livestrong.com - The Best Pilates Reformers for Your Home Gym

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Once again Cosmopolitan Magazine's online staff has tapped Heather Jeffcoat

for her expertise in all things related to pelvic floor health

Listen: As someone who enjoys the feeling of soreness post-workout, I can assure you that I do not feel the same way the morning-after a different kind of sweat sesh. And, just a guess, but I'm going to assume that a sore vagina after sex doesn't feel too great for you either. For one, you might not know why or what is causing the soreness—which is, like, super irritating.

Read more: Heather Jeffcoat at Cosmo: 7 Reasons Why Your Vagina Is Sore After Sex

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Cosmopolitan Magazine's online staff has recently discovered what an invaluable resource they have at their fingertips every time they reach out to Heather Jeffcoat for her knowledge of pelvic floor health.

In their latest article about living with endometriosis they ask Heather for her opinion on the best sex toys for women who are experiencing this condition:

Read more: Eight Solid Sex Toy Options For Women Who Suffer From Endometriosis

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