Pelvic Floor Health for Runners at All Life Stages with Dr. Abby Bales, DPT

Ep. 33: Pelvic Floor Health for Runners at All Life Stages with Dr. Abby Bales, DPT


Wondering about pelvic floor health as a runner, before kids, during pregnancy, and postpartum?

Dr. Abby Bales, DPT is here to answer all of your burning questions about pelvic floor health for runners and athletes at all stages of life.

In this episode, we cover:

  • Should you run while pregnant?
  • What you can keep doing while pregnant, and when to know the point to stop
  • What should return to running look like postpartum
  • Common pelvic floor issues seen in women and athletes
  • What are the signs and symptoms of pelvic floor issues
  • Is it normal to have to pee during running, jumping, and other activitites?
  • Why “just in case” peeing is detrimental
  • How to know if you’re emptying your bladder at the appropriate time and intervals
  • How to do a proper deep squat to open the pelvis
  • How to properly do a kegel and advanced kegels
  • What’s the best way to improve pelvic floor health
  • And more!
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About Dr. Abby Bales: Dr. Abby Bales, PT, DPT is the owner and founder of Reform Physical Therapy in New York City, a practice specializing in treating and training pregnant and postpartum clients. Dr. Bales received her doctorate in physical therapy from New York University and has advanced training in pelvic health. She also holds her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification from the NSCA and guest lectures in the physical therapy departments at both NYU and Columbia University, as well as at conferences around the country. Dr. Bales has consulted for the top fitness studios in NYC and is a founding advisor and consultant for The Mirror and Olympya app. A lifelong athlete, marathon runner, and fitness professional, Dr. Bales is passionate about educating athletes, coaches, and physical therapists about the lifespan of the female athlete. She built Reform Physical Therapy to support pregnant and postpartum athletes and keep them active throughout their pregnancy and postpartum journey. Dr. Bales is a mom of two and lives with her husband and family in New York.

Connect with Dr. Abby Bales:

Reform PT NYC
Dr. Bales’ Instagram
Reform PT Facebook Page

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