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Posted: Mar 2, 2021

Kegel Exercises? There's a Better Way

By SMH Outpatient Rehab Pelvic Floor Therapist Shayna Shefrin

Kegel exercises — which are basically the repetitious lifting and tightening of your pelvic muscles — are often touted as a non-surgical solution for bladder and bowel incontinence in men and women. And while there are some people who encourage Kegels as a way to strengthen the pelvic floor, I’ve found alternatives that are much easier and much more effective for boosting control of your bladder and bowel, for a few reasons.

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Posted: Jul 14, 2020

Strengthen Your Core & Pelvic Floor at Home

Written by SMH Outpatient Rehab Pelvic Floor Therapist Shayna Shefrin

These days, getting to the gym can be a real challenge. But you don’t need a gym to stay (or get) fit. Try these simple DIY exercises to strengthen your core and pelvic floor muscles. No gym equipment needed, and the exercises can be easily modified.

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Posted: Jun 8, 2020

Fall Prevention Amid COVID-19

Written by SMH Injury Prevention Coordinator Susan Williams

Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury and the main cause of death and disability in our senior population. But falls are preventable, not inevitable. Follow these tips from trauma nurse Susan Williams, RN, for a safe, smart, step-by-step approach to fall prevention in the age of novel coronavirus and COVID-19.

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Posted: Apr 23, 2020

DIY First-aid: What You Need & When to Use It

Written by SMH Copywriter Phil Lederer

Maintaining a fully stocked first-aid kit is a must for every household — as is knowing when to treat at home, when to head to an urgent care center and when to call 9-1-1. We reached out to Sarasota Memorial’s Trauma Services Injury Prevention Coordinator Susan Williams, RN, BSN, and pediatric hospitalist Jessie L. Hoang, MD, for their take on what a first-aid/emergency kit should include. Check out their recommendations. 

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Posted: Apr 2, 2020

Mask Wearing 101: How to Use & Re-Use a Face Mask

With Sarasota Memorial Nurse Jennifer Sorensen, RN

Face masks are only effective when they are handled, worn, stored and disposed of properly. Used improperly, and the masks actually become vehicles for spreading germs. Sarasota Memorial nurse Jennifer Sorensen, RN, offers a step-by-step mask-wearing how-to, along with some do's and don'ts, in this video blog.

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