All posts by Mags

Walking Reduces Fracture Risk

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Did you know that a simple activity like walking can reap huge benefits? The medical community has long known that walking is a great bone building activity. The pull of muscles against gravity  stresses the bones to build new tissue.  Other bone building exercises include hiking, jogging, stair climbing, weight lifting, dancing, and tennis.  Walking creates rotation in your major joints; the spine, shoulders, hips, ankles, and knees. Motion is Lotion for your joints; lubricating and nurishing our connective tissue.

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4 Reasons New Moms Need Physical Therapy


When new moms and dads come home with baby the focus is all on their new bundle of joy.  What many parents don’t realize is that the post-partum period is the perfect time to check in with their own bodies to heal properly and develop new habits to strengthen your body.  After all the loads you carry will only get heavier and baby grows.   Pick up your baby and all her stuff  to strengthening your back. Learn how to brace and protect your pelvic floor to prevent incontinence and prolapse.  Prevent scar tissue adhesions, pelvic pain, and return to sex with ease.

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To Kegel or not to Kegel? 5 Myths of Kegels debunked!

Your Pelvic Floor muscles are like a hammock or sling to support your back and pelvic organs
Your Pelvic Floor muscles are like a hammock or sling to support your back and pelvic organs. Don’t let things fall through!

You may or may not have heard of Kegels, the pelvic floor muscle exercise made famous by gynecologist Dr. Arnold Kegel to reduce leaking, pelvic organ prolapse, and assist in pregnancy.  Your pelvic floor muscles act during orgasm, hold in your pelvic organs, stabilize your pelvis and back, relax during toileting, sex, and childbirth, and keep you from leaking at all other times.  There is some controversy over whether people should perform Kegels.  Today, we will clear up some misconceptions!

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Direct Access? Californians do not need a doctor’s referral for PT!

On January 1, 2014, California Assembly Bill 1000 took effect, giving patients direct access to physical therapists. This means that you can now go directly to your physical therapist without a diagnosis from your doctor first, getting you the treatment you need more quickly.  If you sprain your ankle you can get treated the same day!  With any injury, aches, or pain, the more time passes, the more likely you will feel negative effects. For example with an ankle sprain, without treatment you are likely to limp for longer, and stress other joints such as the toes, knee, hips, and back. Even as the pain goes away compensation patterns can translate into other injuries and over use down the line.  Once an area is injured, that part of the body is more prone to injury, unless you are vigilant about rehabilitating the area.  Now there is no need to go down that path! If you have any acute injuries or falls, you can treat it now. If you are experiencing pelvic or back pain, leaking, or sexual dysfunction you can see a physical therapist and take care of it.

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Holiday Gratitude

Ho Ho Ho! Happy Holidays!   From flickr rumpleteaser.
Ho Ho Ho! Happy Holidays! From flickr user rumpleteaser.

Alive Physical Therapy is so grateful to have found a home here in Nevada County.  The community has embraced us, and we are honored to foster health and joy with the NEST, Nevada City.  We would like to thank every one of you, and your families who have joined us on a path to healing, and enjoy a more energetic home, work, family, and sex life.  It is your enthusiasm and sharing how Alive Physical Therapy has improved your life that keeps us growing.  Your online reviews of our services do make a difference and help spread health to those that are in need.  Thank you for allowing us to participate in your healthcare.  Getting better is truly a joint effect and we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you.

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Reblog: Much More to Healing Post-Partum Than Baby Weight- WSJ

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Pregnant Family


Women who have just delivered a baby are worried about their child, their parenting skills, and how to take off “baby weight.”  Often the soft belly that never quite looks the same again is NOT fat,  it’s a split in the abdominal muscles.  Medically known as diastisis recti, or for lay people “Mummy Tummy” requires specific care to heal properly. If you do hundreds of sit-ups to try to tighten the abs, the bulge will get worse, and it may not go away!  I often treat women in the 50’s and 60’s who still have a diastasis recti.

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Is it OK to Leak Urine?

photo by Maegan Tintari
Many people suffer from leaking. Act early for a solution! Photo by Maegan Tintari

With the expensive costs of incontinence pads, adult diapers, soiled clothing, and social stigma, a better question would be, Are you OK with leaking urine?  If you suffer from urinary incontinence you are not alone. An estimated 25-51% of all women have leaked once in the last year, and 17-32% of women are leaking regularly with percentages increasing with age. Even though many women suffer from a weak bladder, you don’t need to live with it!

Recently extreme intensity workouts like Cross-Fit are glorifying leaking.  While leaking is common in some circles, it is NEVER normal.  For a doctor to accept leaking or merely suggest pads does their patient a disservice.  Leaking urine is treatable with conservative measures.  The sooner you accept that leaking is a problem, and act to heal your pelvis, the more effective the treatments can be.  The longer you wait, the worse the problem will get, and incontinence increases with age.

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“Best of Health” on KVMR 89.5FM: Pelvic Pain

kvmr_nophotoopLast Thursday,  Best of Health  featured Mags Matthews, PT, speaking on pelvic health, physical therapy treatment and Mayan Abdominal Massage.  Unfortunately if you missed the show, there are no podcasts or rebroadcasts scheduled.  However we will highlight some of the discussion in this blogpost!

Host Arly Helm, MS, IBCLC (Certified Lactation Consultant) and Mags discussed the many ailments that women or men may suffer from while not knowing that conservative treatments may offer hope and relief.  Mags specializes in pelvic physical therapy, treating diagnoses diverse as prenatal and post-partum discomfort, prostatitis, incontinence, constipation, urgency/frequency, prolapse, and pelvic pain.  She also treats the wellness end of health for injury prevention, fertility support, and fitness.

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Hula Hooping to Preserve Wild Spaces


We were thrilled when the Center for the Arts invited Mags to bring her brand of Hoop fun to the Bear Yuba Land Trust Annual Benefit Concert.

Everyone smiles when hula hooping!

We are staunch supporters of land stewardship for us and future generations to enjoy.   What a great way to support our local environment and the arts! The evening entertained with captivating live music, scrumptious food, and generous donors.

Alive Physical Therapy brings out big energetic smiles of all in the hula hoop! Mags provided artistic hula hoop dance performance and lessons to all who wanted to try.  Thank you to the many people that watching, and adults and kids that joined in hooping.  We had over 10 adult never-before-hoopers successfully hoop to the upbeat jams of Allen Toussaint and Earles of Newtown!  We didn’t want anyone to get hurt with hula hooping in the dark, so we closed up shop before the main act Dr. John and the Nite Trippers could come on.  To all who came out, it was a pleasure meeting you and sharing the Hoop Joy.  To those of you that missed out, you can still donate to the Bear Yuba Land Trust on their website, and join in on the hula hooping fun at class Thursday nights at 7:30pm.  Thank you to all the hard workers and great performers that made this fundraiser a success!

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