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Heather Jeffcoat, DPT

Femina Physical Therapy in the Media

Heather Jeffcoat, DPT and the team at Femina PT are routinely sought out by major online sources, print publications, and broadcast media for our knowledge of all things related to pelvic health. The recognition we have received as leading experts in our field has resulted in appearances on "Loveline with Mike and Dr. Drew" , US News & World Report, Huffington Post, ABC News, Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, Bustle, "Sex With Emily" with Dr. Emily Morse, and in New York Magazine and Health Magazine, to name but a few. The demand for our expertise is greater than ever as more and more women seek to remedy the issues that we work with on a daily basis.

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your pelvic floor is too tight
Once again Well + Good writer Hannah Schneider has reached out to me for her latest article on how to tell if your pelvic floor is too tight. Here is a brief synopsis of the article, along with a link to the full article below.

Heather Jeffcoat, DPT

If Your Pelvic Floor Is Too Tight, There Are Answers

Even if you're familiar with the pelvic floor muscles, you might be surprised to know how important they are. The pelvic floor, which sits between the tailbone and pubic bone, resembles a hammock that supports your uterus (if you have one), bladder, and rectum, according to the Mayo Clinic. More specifically, the pelvic floor controls bladder and rectal urges, keeps your pelvic organs in place, assists sexual function, and helps support your core and spine, says Heather Jeffcoat, DPT, doctor of physical therapy, and owner of Femina Physical Therapy in Los Angeles. So when the pelvic floor muscles become too loose or too tight, it can have a significant impact on your daily life.

Read more: Well and Good: How to Tell...

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you should not stop your flow mid-pee
Well + Good writer Hannah Schneider reached out to me for some insights on why you should not stop your flow mid-pee. Here is a brief synopsis of the article, along with a link to the full article below.

Heather Jeffcoat, DPT

‘I’m a Pelvic-Floor Therapist, and This Is Why You Should Not Stop Your Flow Mid-Pee’

There's a strong chance someone in your life has either done or suggested Kegel exercises to you. You may have stumbled on Kegel advice through platforms like this TikTok. Or maybe you've googled Kegel exercises because you're dealing with bladder leakage. It can seem like Kegel exercise advice is everywhere, but there's a lot about this seemingly simple exercise that people do wrong. So, if you've heard you should do Kegels while peeing to assess your pelvic floor prowess, it is not the sagest advice.

Read more: Well and Good: You Should...

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stop sucking in your stomach
When writing this latest article in the Washington Post about the ill effects of sucking in your stomach all the time, Allyson Chiu reached out to me for some insights. Here is a brief synopsis of the article, along with a link to the full article below.

Heather Jeffcoat, DPT

Sucking in your stomach all the time could be bad for your health

Sucking in your stomach and keeping your abdominal muscles too tense as you go about your day may seem innocuous, but experts say it’s a pervasive habit that can have physical and mental consequences over time.

Heather Jeffcoat is a keen observer of people.

I notice people,” said Jeffcoat, who ascribes her perceptive eye to her nearly two-decade career as a physical therapist. “I notice how people walk. I notice how people stand. I’ll just be like, ‘Oh, that person’s gripping their gluteal muscles, or that person looks like they’re gripping their abs.’ ”

The latter observation — a behavior some experts call “stomach gripping,” or what’s more widely known as sucking in your stomach — is one that Jeffcoat said she often sees among the patrons at her usual Starbucks, which is next to a spin studio in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Read more: Washington Post: Stop...

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kneeling ergonomic chairs by Sleekform
Thanks to the Covid lockdowns Buzzfeed journalist Farrah Penn found herself working from home and experiencing discomfort from her average office chair. She went searching for answers and came across kneeling ergonomic chairs as a potential solution to her posture issues. She reached out to me for my advice, and here is a brief synopsis of the article, along with a link to the full article below.

Heather Jeffcoat, DPT

I Used A Kneeling Ergonomic Chair For 30 Days - Here's What You Need To Know

I work a desk job and was experiencing neck and shoulder pain, so I tried switching up my chair to see if it would help.

Hi! I'm Farrah, and like a good portion of all office culture employees, I am still working from home during the pandemic. My current "office" chair cost me a total of $30, but I've been having an increase of shoulder and neck pain, which I attribute to hunching while working at my computer. Basically, I'm desperate to try something new, which led me down the rabbit hole of ergonomic chairs.

Read more: Buzzfeed: Kneeling Ergonomic...

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Heather Jeffcoat on coregasms
Once again Buzzfeed journalist Shelby Heinrich tapped me for her latest article about whether or not you can "coregasm" from ab exercises, of course I jumped right in with my own opinions. Here is a brief synopsis of the article, along with a link to the full article below.

Heather Jeffcoat, DPT

Tell me why no one taught this in health class.

I like working my abs from time to time. I also — for all intents and purposes — like orgasms. But is it possible for the two to actually correlate?!

That's the claim of TikToker @annieknight, who discovered that two of her friends "can't do leg downs, can't do planks...can't do the ab machine at the gym, because they'll orgasm."

And TikToker @jessdavo97 actually (allegedly) caught her "coregasm" on camera while doing some hanging leg raises at the gym.

questions you are too embarrassed to ask
When Buzzfeed journalist Shelby Heinrich did a deep dive with her readership into the "questions you are too embarrassed to ask", I was honored to help. There were 15 questions in all, and here is a brief synopsis of the article, along with a link to the full article below.

Heather Jeffcoat, DPT

Questions You Are Too Embarrassed To Ask When it Comes to "Down There"

We asked the BuzzFeed Community if they ever had a question about ~down there~ that they might be too embarrassed or intimidated to ask, and they came through with lots of insightful questions! So, we reached out to Dr. Heather Jeffcoat, DPT, a licensed pelvic floor physical therapist and owner of Femina Physical Therapy in Los Angeles, to answer your pelvic health inquiries.

Here is a sampling of the questions you are too embarrassed to ask:

1. "Why do I have to pee so often? I barely drink any liquids throughout the day, because otherwise I’d be peeing even more than I already am."

Read more: Buzzfeed: A Pelvic Floor...

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