"Fibromyalgia is bad, but with (Marnie's) help it can be maintained to an extent- tolerable. What's not to like about someone who can help you?" Sharon. Fibromyalgia-Chronic Pain

"I would love for other women to know that this kind of care is available for their pain. Each visit worked towards reducing the pain until I was no longer having it. What a joy to know this didn't require surgery.  Anita. Pelvic Pain

"After a few weeks of therapy and training my pain levels began to greatly improve! ...Understanding the frustration and needs of her patients makes Marnie a number one PT in her field of expertise. I am forever thankful for her." Angela Pelvic Pain-IC

"It helped to talk to someone who really understood that the pain and soreness I had was real and there was a reason for it. For the first time I really understood what was causing it and there was something I could do about it." Karen. Pelvic Pain-IC

"When you think that the therapy is too simple or easy is when it is working the most. Shannon. Neck-Dizziness

"Go before you get really bad and then relief happens sooner." Tim.  Back Pain

"Until I began therapy with Marnie, I did not fully understand my condition(s) and what to do to improve it. She not only provided me with a caring environment for treatment, but provided me knowledge and information to be able to try to work on issues at home."  Dawn.  Pelvic Pain



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*IN THE NEWS: PT for Pelvic Pain

Today’s Miami Herald had an article on Physical Therapy for Pelvic Pain.  In it they interviewed PT’s working with pelvic pain related to spasms of the muscle of the pelvic floor.  Check out the article here


*Possible Risk Factors for Fibromyalgia

Did you ever wonder why fibromyalgia or chronic pain might occur?  A recent study in the Journal of Pain has shown possible links between regional neck and back pain and the later development of fibromyalgia and chronic widespread pain (CWP). 

 The study looked at 550 subjects with back or neck pain.  The researchers compared questionnaires filled out in 2001/ 2002 and then again in 2007 to see how many people had developed chronic widespread pain.  They found that nearly a quarter of these people had developed chronic widespread pain in the 5-6 year period.  The diagnosis of CWP was made if the person indicated pain in three out of four body quadrants (left and right, arm and leg).

 They found seven factors that increased the likelihood of developing CWP from regional neck or back pain.  They are:

  • Moderate or severe pain intensity
  • Female gender
  • History of family abuse
  • Family history of chronic widespread pain
  • Interference with general activity
  • Having one or more other conditions (irritable bowel syndrome, irritable bladder syndrome, restless legs syndrome, and/or migraines)
  • Using more pain management strategies.

 Interestingly, they did NOT find a link with the following (although obesity and depressive symptoms were found to be almost significant):

  • Number of depressive symptoms
  • Pain duration
  • Age
  • BMI (body mass index- an indicator of obesity)
  • Number of medications used
  • Receipt of disability benefits

Out of all of the traits linked to development of CWP, they found the strongest predictor to be increased initial pain severity.   They stated that current research supports the theory of painful input (neck or back injury) causing changes in the nervous system leading to the development of more widespread pain. 

It is important to understand this study did not look at all people in general, but started with people who already had neck or back pain. It also does not mean that neck or back pain is the only cause of development of CWP.  The researchers also pointed out possible limitations to their findings in the use of questionnaires and the low subject response rate (24.4%) due to subjects moving in the 5-6 yr time span of the study. 

Fibromyalgia and chronic pain are not easy conditions to understand.  While this research does not give us immediate answers, it does present some useful information.  It gives clinicians or future research a place to start looking for ways to prevent the transition into fibromyalgia and more long term pain. 




*Easy Weight Loss with Water


I had you at “easy” and “weight loss” didn’t I?  It has always been assumed that drinking water was a solution to slimness.  Some researchers found that this is actually true.  Overweight adults drank about 16 ounces of water thirty minutes before eating.  They were compared to another group that were given water with no instructions as to when to drink it.  After 12 weeks, the water-drinkers lost more weight compared to the non-drinkers.  They lost on average 5 pounds more despite being allowed to eat as much as they wanted. 

You know you need to drink more water anyway.  It helps so many things including bowel, bladder, muscle and joint function.  Just do it before you eat for an easy way to aid weight loss.


* Cancer Screening in Local Area

Bonnie's Bus, a state-of-the art mobile mammography unit, will be providing breast and cervical cancer screening at the Clarksburg Mission on Wednesday, December 8, 2010. The Mission is located at 312 N. 4th Street in Clarksburg.   An order from a health care provider is required for screening. They accept Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurances.  Some women may qualify for free pap tests, pelvic exams, breast exams, and mammograms.  Call Health Access at 304-622-2708 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

You can also check out the calendar at the website for Bonnie's Bus to see if bus will be coming to your local area.


*November is Jaw Joints-TMJ Awareness Month

TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint pain affects many people.  These are the joints where the jaw meets the skull just below the ears.  Often, people develop face and jaw pain with chewing or even at rest.  There may also be joint sounds such as clicking with mouth opening and closing.  Headaches and neck pain are commonly associated with TMJ problems as well.  It may be caused by a trauma such as a car accident or fall.  It is also caused by clenching and grinding of the teeth over a period of time.  Simple things such as avoiding chewing steaks and large sandwiches can help.  Cut food into small bites and avoid clenching teeth together.  Physical Therapists who work with this area can help by working with the joint and muscles to allow more normal movement for less "wear and tear".  Posture is also very important to get the best pain relieving joint position.