"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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*Fibromyalgia/ Chronic Fatigue Think Tank


A project is in the works to “brainstorm” ideas about chronic fatigue (myalgic Encephalomyelitis) in Europe. Ten scientists from various arenas of research are meeting in June. Their focus will be to stimulate research and determine ways to educate other health care professionals about the research that is out there already. They feel that there is a lack of knowledge about this disease in health care professionals and will be working to change this.

Any new knowledge or education about this poorly understood but very disabling problem is welcome.


*Breast Cancer- Screening Associated to Wealth and Ethnicity in England

Researchers in England found that women owning cars and homes were more likely to have breast and cervical cancer screenings. In England, women aged fifty to seventy are encouraged to get breast screening every three years. Women aged twenty five to sixty-four are encouraged to get cervical cancer screening every three to five years.

An encouraging finding was that 84 percent of the eligible women have had both cervical and breast cancer screening. There was a higher probability of Caucasian women who own cars and homes to have had the screening.

In America the American Cancer Society recommends mammograms every year after age 40 and more frequently per doctor’s recommendations if there is a reason, such as a family history of breast cancer. They recommend cervical cancer screening pap smears 3 years after starting intercourse or no later than age 21 and yearly thereafter. After 3 normal tests in a row after age 30, frequency can decrease to every 3 years.

Check with your doctor regarding your specific needs. In West Virginia if you need financial assistance, screenings may be provided free to those who qualify. Check out the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources for information on their West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP). There is information on how the under and uninsured can participate in breast and cervical screening services.


http://www.bmj.com/cgi/reprint/338/jun16_2/b2025 accessed 6-24-2009

http://www.cancer.org/docroot/ped/content/ped_2_3x_acs_cancer_detection_guidelines_36.asp accessed 6-24-2009

http://www.wvdhhr.org/bccsp/ accessed 6-24-2009


*Arthritis- Tai Chi for Pain

A new study has found that Tai Chi improves pain and disability among arthritis suffers. Tai Chi is a gentle but effective form of exercise and movement that emphasizes flowing movements in functional positions. People practice it in standing and this helps by stimulating balance reactions, gentle weight bearing and range of motion.

Researchers at The George Institute for International Health did a systematic review of the literature and found positive effects of Tai Chi on improving physical performance, reducing tension and improving quality of life. For a systematic review, researchers compare and synthesize multiple studies to answer a specific question.

Hall A, Maher C, Latimer J, Ferreira M. The effectiveness of Tai Chi for chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Arthritis Rheum 2009; 61:717-724.

http://www.thegeorgeinstitute.org/events/latest-news/research-proves-tai-chi--benefits-for-arthritis.cfm accessed 6-24-2009


*What is a Journal?


This journal is similar to a blog but without the ability for others to provide comments. I (or my staff) will be periodically writing on various subjects pertaining to chronic pain and women’s health. The goal is to provide useful bits of information on these subjects. My patients are always looking for more knowledge related to their problem, but sometimes this can be difficult to find.

You can go to SEARCH on the web page to pull up all the information on a specific topic or you can read sequentially about various topics. The focus will be on physical therapy but I will also include other interesting information that is related to the relevant subjects. I stay pretty busy but will try to post new entries as I have time.

This information is provided to help enhance understanding but NOT to diagnose or suggest treatment. There are too many variables involved in each person’s unique problems that cannot be solved by bits and pieces of information provided on the web. Please see your health professional for specifics related to your situation. Also, coverage of specific products or research articles is not meant to imply endorsement or agreement of the findings.

I hope you find this Journal useful. Use it to find out more about conditions such as Fibromyalgia, pregnancy, or incontinence or to be better informed when you see your doctor. Check back frequently to find new information. If you have any suggestions or comments, please click on CONTACT US and drop us an email.


*Welcome to the Clemens Physical Therapy, PLLC Website!

Welcome to our new and improved website. We are excited to be able to bring you more information on the different conditions that we treat and the unique treatments we have available. We specialize in the treatment of chronic pain in men, women, and children and women's health and pelvic floor rehabilitation. Feel free to look around to see what we do. Be sure to bookmark our site and check back often as new information will be added regularly as time permits.

This site will be a work in progress. If you have any requests for specific topics or additional information, please don't hesitate to ask. We want this site to be as useful as possible to YOU and the best way to do that is to find out what YOU want to know. Send us an email and let us know your ideas.

Check out Conditions We Treat, What Patients Say, Who We Are, Why We Are Unique, and Useful Links. There is also information for patients and professionals on how to be seen at Clemens Physical Therapy, PLLC. Answers to some of the most common questions can be found at the FAQ section. We will periodically add journal entries on different subjects related to chronic pain, women's health, and pelvic floor rehabilitation. If you want to find more information, go to Search and type in the subject you want.

We hope you enjoy the website. Please contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.


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