Author: Ann Wendel

What To Do If Sex Hurts
Pain during sexual intercourse, called dyspareunia, is a common (but under-reported) experience. This pain can be due to a variety of factors, but unfortunately because of the taboo nature of the subject, many women suffer for years without getting help....
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3 Drills for Better Hip Mobility
There has been a lot of debate in recent years about what stretching actually does, and whether or not it is necessary. Current belief holds that oftentimes muscles feel “tight” because the brain is sending the message through the nervous...
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Why Having A Strong Pelvic Floor Isn't Enough
As a physical therapist, every day I treat women who say they leak urine when coughing, sneezing, and exercising (called Stress Urinary Incontinence or SUI). Leaking urine during exercise is common, but it is neither inveitable nor untreatable. The activities...
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What You Must Know About Chronic Pain
Chronic pain can have far-reaching effects on a person, deeply affecting their overall quality of life and general health. Chronic pain may cause a person to limit their activities, avoid movement, and decrease their social interactions. Many people with chronic...
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Why Building “Long and Lean Muscles” Is A Myth (And How You Can Get Strong and Lean!)
If you’ve been enticed by the promise of “long and lean" muscles, you’re not alone. Fitness companies pump millions of dollars into advertising exercise solutions that promise to help you look “long and lean,” while trusted and well-intentioned, but misinformed,...
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How To Reduce Your Risk Of Injury
As a physical therapist, I witness the benefits of treating injury risk—and the cost of ignoring it—all day, every day. I see people who follow proper injury risk reduction programs and lead vibrant, active lives feeling capable and independent, and...
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What You MUST Know About Strength Training And Getting Older
Occasionally we receive questions from both personal trainers working with women in their 60s and 70s, and from women in their 60s and 70s themselves, asking about the types of modifications older women should be making to their workouts to...
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Should I Wear A Waist Trainer In The Gym?
Waist trainers are enjoying a recent resurgence in popularity (thanks in large part to some well-known reality TV stars), and it's no wonder we're seeing them everywhere these days. If you're wondering whether or not you might benefit from wearing...
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Does Joint Hypermobility Lead To Pain?
Do you know someone who is (or are you, yourself) "double jointed" or very flexible? When people say that they are “double jointed,” what they are referring to is joint hypermobility, which is the ability of a joint to move beyond...
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