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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: Sep 15, 2020

Managing Chronic Disease with Mindfulness

Written by SMH Rehab Clinical Social Worker Crystal Brooks, LCSW

If you or a loved one are living with chronic disease, then you know all too well the ups and downs that come with long-term disease management. Patients often ask what they can do to improve their recovery and wellness outcomes, and in every case, my advice is to be mindful. Try these tips to start being more mindful and enjoying better health. 

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Posted: Sep 8, 2020

Shoulder Pain: When to See a Surgeon

With SMH Orthopedic Surgeon Brian Schofield, MD

Aches and pain in shoulder muscles or joints are unavoidable facts of life — whether they are caused by an active lifestyle, awkward office posture or aging. So how do you know when to hit the medicine cabinet and when to hit the doctor’s office? Orthopedic surgeon Brian Schofield, MD, explains in this Healthe-Matters post.

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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: Dec 31, 2019

What to Expect after Heart Surgery

Written by SMH Copywriter Phil Lederer

On average, recovering from minimally invasive cardiac surgery takes 2 to 4 weeks — versus the 6 to 12 weeks’ recovery for an open-heart procedure. But each patient journey is unique. Find out what you can expect after MICS and other minimally invasive heart procedures.

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