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What is Low Pressure Fitness?

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,...

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5 Things to know about The Fourth Trimester

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. 

Screech! STOP!

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...

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Why Made 2 Move?

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...

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What Does Pregnancy “Pre-Hab” Look Like?

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...

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Running After Having a Baby

Author: Meg Henderson

Running After a Baby

“Running after baby” can mean different things to different moms. For me, I have stayed reasonably active through running since college. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a hardcore runner who trains for long distance races. I’d call myself a “fair weather” runner; using it as an outlet for stress relief and to allow me to eat what I want! So when I tried to return to running my standard 2-3 miles post-son #2, I was shocked and frustrated at my lack of progress. I couldn’t ever seem to get past the 1.5 mile mark before I’d be running to the nearest restroom. My doctor advised me that this was normal after having two babies and that it would improve with time.

Fast Forward 12 Months…

Things naturally improved as I returned to work full time and really didn’t have time to run, ie. I was WORN OUT. On the bright side, I no longer leaked when I sneezed and was able to run 2 miles...

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Meet Tracey – Owner of Elevated Physical Therapy

Tracey Manasco
Founder of Elevated Physical Therapy
Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

From a young age I knew that I wanted to be in the medical field and that I wanted to be able to spend time with my patients and really make a difference in their lives. After seeing my father recover from a herniated disc without surgery in my teenage years, Physical Therapy became the chosen path. This led me down the the coast from Columbia, SC to Charleston. I attended the College of Charleston and then went on to the Medical University of SC for graduate school. Charleston has changed a lot in the 23 years that I have lived here but it is still my favorite place to be. I now consider Charleston my home.

My 16 year career as a PT has led me to various settings giving me experience in orthopedics, home health and acute neurological rehabilitation. Working in these different settings has given me a broader medical knowledge base that helps me see the big picture and how all systems...

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Diastasis Recti aka “Mummy Tummy”

Author: Meg Henderson

Did you know that your “six pack” is actually a muscle called the rectus abdominis? It has a fibrous connective tissue, called the linea alba, that runs down the center, which divides the muscle in two. When you are pregnant, your abdominal muscles and the linea alba HAVE TO stretch and thin, respectively, to accommodate the growing baby in your belly. There are studies out there that will cite the statistic that 100% of women who are pregnant in their third trimester will experience a diastasis rectus abdominis (DRA). However, it is also important to note that this is completely normal! Even when we are not pregnant or have never been pregnant before, this fascia allows for stretch when we are doing essential things…like breathing! An abnormal diastasis rectus abdominis (DRA) that we talk about clinically is one where the gap is greater than 2.7cm at, above, or below the belly button…that is about the width of 2-3 fingers. And...

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Why Women’s Health Physical Therapy?

Author: Meg Henderson

I have been practicing physical therapy in the outpatient orthopedic setting in Charleston, SC since 2008. As a new grad, in a new city, with a new husband I eagerly approached my job as I had been trained in school: evaluate and treat. Help the patient return to their functional activities. Instruct in home exercise programs. Over the years, I became more confident in my skills learning from my co-workers and continuing education courses along the way. I developed meaningful relationships with my patients as I assisted them in their recoveries from surgery, over-use injures, weekend warrior projects, and more.

Physical Therapy can help you respond to the changes in your body.

It wasn’t until I became pregnant with my second son that I became more interested in women’s health PT. I was learning first-hand how important it was to continue my once active lifestyle in order to prepare for the pregnancy-related changes to my body and keeping up...

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