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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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biodegradable yoga mats
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Bollyinside reached out to Fusion Wellness' own Kasia Gondek, a physical therapist and certified strength and conditioning specialist, for her opinions on biodegradable yoga mats. Here is a brief synopsis with a link to the full article below.

Want to Know More About Biodegradable Yoga Mats? Read On.

During a powerful flow, your yoga mat does more than merely protect you from slipping and absorb your perspiration. According to Vinita Laroia, a 300 RYT-certified yoga and meditation instructor with over 20 years of experience, “unrolling and stepping upon it sends a signal to our brain and body that it’s time to calm down.” When you consider that you will be touching your yoga mat every time you practise, make an informed decision. Comfort and balance are influenced by materials, durability, thickness, non-slip grip, and other small design changes amongst mats.

Read more: Bollyinside on Biodegradable...

Conditions That Could be Causing You Pelvic Pain
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Insider journalist  reached out to me for my input on conditions that could be causing you pelvic pain, and I was glad to offer my opinion on this vital topic. Here is a brief synopsis of the article, along with a link to the full article below.

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Insider Reveals 8 Conditions That Could be Causing You Pelvic Pain

And how to treat each one

Many people live with pelvic pain, which affects the lowest part of the abdomen between the belly button and the groin. The pain can range from mild to severe, and its intensity might fluctuate over time.

You can often treat minor pelvic pain at home with a heating pad, warm bath, or OTC medication like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

Read more: Insider | 8 Conditions That...

foam roller exercises to improve mobility
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When MYATT MURPHY, CSCS writing for Oxygen Magazine reached out to me for my input on foam roller exercises to improve mobility, I was glad to offer my opinion on this vital topic. Here is a brief synopsis of the article, along with a link to the full article below.

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Foam Roller Exercises to Improve Mobility

Reduce inflammation and improve flexibility with these 8 exercises for women.

If you’ve never invested in a foam roller — commonly found at sporting goods stores for 20 to 40 bucks — you’re doing your muscles a major disservice. Regularly using a foam roller offers many of the same benefits as a sports massage, including reduced inflammation, scar tissue and joint stress, as well as improved circulation and improved flexibility.

Foam rolling helps with increasing muscle flexibility and joint range of motion, especially when used in conjunction with an active warm-up routine,”

says Heather Jeffcoat, DPT, certified facial stretch therapist and owner of Los Angeles–based Fusion Wellness & Physical Therapy.

Read more: Oxygen: 8 Foam-Roller...

Golden Rules for a Healthier Pee
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Writing for Well + Good on golden rules for a healthier pee, Kells McPhillips reached out to me for my input on this ofter overllooked part of life. Here is a brief synopsis of the article, along with a link to the full article below.

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Experts Chime in on 7 Golden Rules for a Healthier Pee

They say another year older, another year wiser.

But when it comes to how to pee correctly, it seems we're all perpetual students of Water Closet 101. (Case in point: Every public bathroom, ever.) Over the years at Well+Good, we've collected an endless stream of tips for achieving what some call "the perfect pee"—and (you're welcome) we've finally collected them all in once place.

Below, you'll find the hottest advice from urologists and pelvic floor therapists nationwide about being number one at going (I hate myself) number one. You'll learn why you should stop power peeing, whether or not it's actually necessary to squat in public restrooms, and the truth about relieving yourself in the shower. Mentally prepare yourself, because there's sure to be some reality-shaking realizations ahead.

Read more: Well and Good | 7 Golden...

essential items for working from anywhere
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You know we are reaching a wider audience when Popular Science comes calling!  reached out to me for some advice on essential items for working from anywhere, and I was more than happy to offer my thoughts. This article is more proof that I’m sought after for not only pelvic health, but also orthopedic expertise!

Here is a brief synopsis of the article, along with a link to the full article below.

Heather Jeffcoat, DPT

Take a look at these essential items for working from anywhere

What to pack so you can work—without a hitch—from anywhere in the world

With more employers embracing fully remote and hybrid operations, people now are freer than ever to choose where they log their hours. Some are even giving working from anywhere a try for the first time.

That’s something I have plenty of experience with. I was a digital nomad for more than a year before the pandemic, and in the last several years I’ve done my fair share of working from planes, trains, cars, Airbnbs, and hotels—from the far-flung mountains of Otavalo, Ecuador, to the shores of mid-coastal Maine.  

No matter your destination, if you’re considering taking your work-from-home office on the road, here are the top 14 essential items for working from anywhere you should pack. 

Read more: Popular Science: 14...

relieve discomfort from an average office chair
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Thanks to the Covid lockdowns Buzzfeed journalist Farrah Penn found herself working from home and experiencing discomfort from an average office chair. She went searing for answers and came across kneeling ergonomic chairs as a potential solution to her posture issues. She reached out to me for my advice, and here is a brief synopsis of the article, along with a link to the full article below.

Heather Jeffcoat, DPT

Working from home and experiencing discomfort from an average office chair?

I Used A Kneeling Ergonomic Chair For 30 Days

I work a desk job and was experiencing neck and shoulder pain, so I tried switching up my chair to see if it would help.

Hi! I'm Farrah, and like a good portion of all office culture employees, I am still working from home during the pandemic. My current "office" chair cost me a total of $30, but I've been having an increase of shoulder and neck pain, which I attribute to hunching while working at my computer. Basically, I'm desperate to try something new, which led me down the rabbit hole of ergonomic chairs.

Read more: Buzzfeed | Relieving...

ask about down there
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When Buzzfeed journalist Shelby Heinrich did a deep dive with her readership into the "questions you are too embarrassed to ask about down there", I was honored to help. There were 15 questions in all, and here is a brief synopsis of the article, along with a link to the full article below.

Heather Jeffcoat, DPT

Questions You Are Too Embarrassed To Ask About Down There

We asked the BuzzFeed Community if they ever had a question to ask about ~down there~ that they might be too embarrassed or intimidated to ask, and they came through with lots of insightful questions! So, we reached out to Dr. Heather Jeffcoat, DPT, a licensed pelvic floor physical therapist and owner of Femina Physical Therapy in Los Angeles, to answer your pelvic health inquiries.

Here is a sampling of the questions:

1. "Why do I have to pee so often? I barely drink any liquids throughout the day, because otherwise I’d be peeing even more than I already am."

Read more: Buzzfeed: A Pelvic Floor...

pandemic life harming your pelvic floor
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The Washington Post has a long history in journalism and a huge readership, so when journalist Allyson Chiu reached out to me for answers to the question "is pandemic life harming your pelvic floor?", I was understandably glad to give her my insights into this timely topic. Here is a brief synopsis of the article, along with a link to the full article below.

Heather Jeffcoat, DPT

The coronavirus pandemic has been blamed for a rise in mental health conditions, weight gain, broken toes, skin picking and dental issues.

This has led physical therapists and urologists to ask "is pandemic life harming your pelvic floor?"

Located at the base of the pelvis, the pelvic floor consists of a group of muscles that provide support for internal organs, including the bladder, rectum, uterus and prostate. The muscles are also involved in posture, urination, bowel movements and sex.

Read more: Washington Post: Is pandemic...

Home Fitness Products on Amazon
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Cristina Sanza recently contacted me while researching products for a shopping guide for Bustle, I was more than happy to provide my input on effective home fitness products on Amazon under $40. The following is a brief overview of my recommended items:

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The Most Effective Home Fitness Products on Amazon Under $40

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. Upgrade your exercise routine, with a few of these 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...

Foam Roller to Release Muscle Tension
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In this article by Nicole Pajer for the Huffington Post I was asked to discuss the best foam roller to release muscle tension. Here is a brief synopsis of the article, along with a link to the full article below.

Heather Jeffcoat, DPT

When the pandemic struck, those unaccustomed to working at home found themselves scrambling to put together makeshift workstations. Many spent the past year-plus using laptops on the couch, hunching over a tablet at the kitchen table or looking down at their phones while simultaneously trying to help their kids stay engaged in virtual school.

But now we’re feeling the effects of those bad work setups we thought we’d been getting away with. And even some seasoned work-from-homers aren’t doing things in a posture-friendly manner.

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shoutout la Interviews Heather Jeffcoat about Pelvic Health
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Each day, SHOUTOUT LA talks to a local business or creator to spark meaningful conversations with the mission of helping change the way people spend their money - with greater impact and within their local communities. In this article SHOUTOUT LA Interviews Heather Jeffcoat, DPT to discuss her advocacy for better pelvic health for all.

SHOUTOUT LA Interviews Heather Jeffcoat

SHOUTOUT LA nominated Heather Jeffcoat this month for a Los Angeles based shoutout. In the interview they discuss Jeffcoat's legacy and career, her approach to care for chronic pain, her book called "Sex Without Pain: A Self Treatment Guide to the Sex Life You Deserve", and, finally, a locals recommendation on the perfect weekend for a visitor to the LA area.

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Compression Boots for Recovery
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When Julia Sullivan reached out to me for an article at SHAPE on compression boots for recovery entitled "These Compression Therapy Boots Helped Me Recover from 300-Pound Deadlifts", I was glad to provide some input. What follows is a brief synopsis of the article, with a link to the full article below.

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"Compression therapy does just that - compresses an area of the body to reduce swelling and speed up muscle recovery," Dr. Chad Walding explains. ...Any athlete putting major stress on their lower limbs — say, ultramarathoners or triathletes — could benefit from using the compression boots for recovery. "Compression [therapy] can help add to their recovery routine and potentially improve performance," he explains.

Sports recovery aside, however, Heather Jeffcoat, D.P.T., owner of Fusion Wellness & Physical Therapy in Los Angeles, adds that compression boots for recovery, like the Therabody RecoveryAir, can also provide important medical help for certain patients. For example, in people with venous insufficiency (when the veins in your legs don't allow for blood to flow properly back to the heart), patients will often require more manual lymphatic drainage, mechanical support with compression boots, or compression socks or hosiery, she explains.

Read more: MSN.com | Compression Boots...

best yoga mats of 2021
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When Christabel Lobo reached out to me for an article on yoga mats entitled "The 9 best yoga mats of 2021, according to yoga teachers", I was glad to provide some input. What follows is a brief synopsis of the article, with a link to the full article below.

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If you're looking to try out yoga, you'll need a mat. But if you're wanting to cultivate a regular practice, it's important to think very carefully about which you buy: "When we first begin a yoga practice, we are looking for a sanctuary to slow down and breathe. It needs to be a place that you recognize as your time to slow down," Vinita Laroia, a 300 RYT-certified yoga and meditation teacher with over 20 years of experience, told Insider.

Considering you touch your yoga mat every time you practice, this item can create that familiar space as soon as you step onto it, whether you're unrolling in your living room, a studio, or while traveling away from home.

Read more: Business Insider: The 9 best...

Accessible Sex Toys for People With Disabilities

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When Tabitha Britt reached out to me for an article on My Sex Toy Guide entitled "Accessible Sex Toys for People With Disabilities, I was glad to provide some input. What follows is a brief synopsis of the article, with a link to the full article below.

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Pleasure is a basic human need, but when it comes to catering to people with a disability or chronic illness, it may seem like the sex toy industry missed the mark. If you know where to look and what to look for, however, you’ll find that there are a number of affordable and accessible sex toys for people with disabilities just waiting to be enjoyed, over and over again.

As someone who deals with painful intercourse and a flaming urethra (symptoms of endometriosis and interstitial cystitis) on a regular basis, I’ve spent quite a bit of time researching and trying out different toys and lubes to see which ones are safe, effective, and work best for me and my needs.

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Causes for Lower Back Pain
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This Livestrong article by Christina Vogt was published on April 9, 2021 and discusses the many causes for lower back pain and lower stomach pain. Here is a brief synopsis with a link to the full article below.

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Causes for Lower Back Pain and Pain in Your Lower Stomach

Here’s What It Could Mean

If your stomach is churning or cramping and your lower back is aching, it's important to know that the causes for lower back and lower stomach pain can range widely. Depending on your pain level, you may benefit from ringing your doctor's office to figure out what's causing it and get relief.

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Is it hard to get down on the floor?
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This Livestrong article by Amanda Capritto, CPT, CF-L1 was published on May 3, 2021 and includes some of my input on the best ways to improve your ability to get down on the floor - and back up again! Here is a brief synopsis with a link to the full article below.

Heather Jeffcoat

Is it Hard to Get Down on the Floor?

Here’s What Your Body is Trying to Tell You

Sitting on the floor probably isn't your first choice, but sometimes you need to get down there to clean, play with grandbabies or make space for someone else to sit on the couch. No big deal — until getting down on the floor becomes too tough to manage.

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Best Massage Guns
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When Prevention.com's staff needed guidance on the best massage guns - handheld devices that deliver targeted pressure to particular muscle areas - I was glad to offer my advice. What follows is a brief synopsis of the article, with a link to the full article below.

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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...

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.

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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...

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...

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.

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