Author: Dr. Meg Henderson, PT
What is Low Pressure Fitness?
If I took a survey of which exercises would best strengthen the core, I would probably get very similar answers. The top three I can think of off the top of my head are: crunches, planks, and hollow holds.
What if I told you NONE of these exercises actually help to improve the function of your core? The definition of the word core is “the most central, innermost, or essential part of something”. So why are we strengthening our “core” with exercises that target more superficial muscles?
As you can see in the picture above, your core is actually a complex system made up of 4 muscle groups: the pelvic floor, transverse abdominis, multifidi, and diaphragm. This system is responsible for posture, circulation, respiration, maintaining continence (so that we don’t leak!), support for our internal organs (prevention of pelvic organ prolapse or hernia), sexual function,...
AUTHOR: Dr. Meg Henderson, PT
Fourth trimester – you say? What?! I thought pregnancy was only 3 trimesters!
You are correct, but us mamas need to start thinking of that precious time with a newborn as a part of our pregnancies…at least the healing part! The “fourth trimester” is a big-time buzz word right now, and it encompasses the first 3 months of your sweet little one’s life. [Cue elevator music] It’s a time for mamas to connect with their littlest ones, develop that bond, snuggle, rest, sleep, and allow others to take care of you.
That’s not how it really is… “I have other kids to take care of, no family in town, my husband travels, I live in an apartment…” LIFE does not stop when we have a baby!
Keep in mind, though, how that precious tiny baby was born in to this world. No matter what your birth story is, our bodies need time to heal from the “injury” that is...
Author: Meg Henderson
Why Made 2 Move?
Let me start by introducing myself for those who don’t know me already! My name is Meg Henderson and I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy who specializes in orthopedics and women’s health, specifically pre- and postnatal women. I have practiced in several outpatient clinics working with a wide variety of patients. Even while in PT school, the one thing that I always loved about physical therapy was the connection that I formed with my patients. Everyone who comes through the door for their first visit has a story. Maybe their story has been told before and no one listened. Perhaps they have anxieties about what they have heard about physical therapy and how it stands for “pain” and “torture”. Maybe they’ve been through trauma or haven’t been able to work due to their injury. Whatever it is, my first job is to listen to their story to better understand why they are in my office in the first...
Author: Meg Henderson
If I told you that it was possible to prepare your body for pregnancy, would you believe me? What about if that preparation was possible through exercise, aka “Pre-hab”? (Obviously, nutrition, adequate rest, managing stress, etc. is also important, however that is not my scope of practice!)
It’s not hard to do a quick search on the internet for pregnancy and exercise and find a bazillion and one exercises that you “absolutely must-do” before conception that will “help you get pregnant”. For a lot of mamas and soon-to-be mamas, it helps to have a “Why”.
I’m sure there are women out there, like me, who have rattled off excuses of why they can’t or haven’t started a regular exercise program. Maybe you’ve never exercised before, and feel unsure of where to start. You may be working a full-time job, or maybe even 2 jobs, and just can’t find the time to fit it in. Battling an...