View Post

Thrive with Age: Menopause Solutions

In Menopause by Stephanie PrendergastLeave a Comment

“It’s NOT all downhill from here! When you learn how to find balance in your life and in your hormones, it’s really possible to feel vital through perimenopause, menopause and beyond.” DR. AMY DAY, FOUNDER, THE WOMEN’S VITALITY CENTER IN BERKELEY, CA Too many women are silently struggling through bothersome symptoms of perimenopause and menopause on their own. Women often …

View Post

Why Does the Area Between My Balls and My Butt Hurt? Tyler’s Male Pelvic Pain Success Story

In Male Interstitial Cystitis / Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome, Male Pelvic Pain, Male Pudendal Neuralgia by Katie HunterLeave a Comment

By: Katie Hunter When I first discussed sharing Tyler’s story on this blog, we talked about why men are not aware of pelvic floor PT. We talked about how most websites list  “chronic prostatitis” or “male pelvic pain syndrome” to define his symptoms. He shared with me what men are most likely typing into Google when looking for treatment for …

View Post

Recovery From Vaginismus and Painful Sex: Martha’s Success Story

In Female Pelvic Pain by Sigourney CrossLeave a Comment

By: Sigourney Cross Vaginismus is characterized as an involuntary spasm or contraction of the muscles around the vagina. This makes it very difficult for women to insert tampons, receive pelvic exams by their doctors and can also make sexual intercourse nearly impossible and painful. It can affect women anywhere from their teenage years to later in life. Vaginismus can be …

View Post

Recovery After Rectocele Repair and How Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Helps

In Female Pelvic Pain, Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Pelvic Organ Prolapse by Sigourney CrossLeave a Comment

By: Sigourney Cross A rectocele, also known as a posterior wall prolapse, is one of the main types of pelvic organ prolapse (POP). As explained in some of our prior posts, a POP occurs when tissue and muscles can no longer support the pelvic organs and they drop down. For a review of the main types of POP you can …

View Post

Hormonal Changes in Menopause and What You Can Do About It

In Female Pelvic Pain, Menopause by Rachel DaofLeave a Comment

By: Rachel Daof Los Angeles PHRC members, Stephanie Prendergast, Courtney Edgecomb, and I, Rachel Daof, went to a dinner to discuss Intrarosa with guest speaker Dr. Irwin Goldstein. One of the major points of the night was this: menopause is a chronic progressive, degenerative condition, and it does not improve without treatment. This hit home to all of the women …

View Post

The 4th Trimester: Postpartum Pain is Common but not Normal, Part 2

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Courtney EdgecombLeave a Comment

By: Courtney Edgecomb In Part 2 of my 2-part post I will cover different therapeutic strategies for postpartum pain.  As a new mom, self-care and appropriate medical attention is critical to ensure you stay as healthy as possible for your little one. I am sure it is daunting to find time for yourself at the moment, but it will help …

View Post

The 4th Trimester: Postpartum Pelvic Pain is Common but Not Normal

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Courtney EdgecombLeave a Comment

By: Courtney Edgecomb   Postpartum Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy is increasingly utilized to help new moms recover from pregnancy and delivery. Is pain normal after giving birth? Of course that is an extremely open-ended question and I would get different answers from almost every single mom (and from each of her pregnancies). But it is hard to tease out what …

View Post

Sleep Is Medicine for Pelvic Pain

In Pelvic Pain by Maryssa SteffenLeave a Comment

By: Maryssa Steffen If you experience pelvic pain, are you aware of how your sleep quality may play a part?  A 2015 national poll by the National Sleep Foundation found that “64% of those suffering chronic pain, and 54% of those with acute pain, report co-occurring poor sleep quality.”1 Everyone needs seven to nine hours asleep in bed. As Matthew …

View Post

Moisturize My Vagina?! What you need to know

In Pelvic Health by Shannon PacellaLeave a Comment

By: Shannon Pacella If you are anything like me, you most likely have a plethora of moisturizers at home (hand lotion, face lotion, body lotion, etc.), but what you probably do not have is a vaginal moisturizer. You might ask, “What is a vaginal moisturizer?” A vaginal moisturizer rehydrates dry mucosal tissue, is absorbed into the skin and adheres to …

View Post

What to Know About Your Menstrual Cycle

In Pelvic Health by Rachel DaofLeave a Comment

By: Rachel Daof Here at PHRC we see conditions that affect that dreaded time of the month: our periods. As we have written before, conditions like endometriosis can directly affect menstruation. Other menstrual related issues include period cramps, nausea, bowel movement issues, headaches, and many other symptoms all driven by our cycle. To many of us, these are things we …

View Post

Motor Vehicle Accidents and Pelvic Pain

In Pelvic Pain by Courtney EdgecombLeave a Comment

By: Courtney Edgecomb It’s needless to say that getting into a car accident is scary. Adding in any form of injury on top of an accident can be life-changing. I have become more cognisant of such life-changing accidents since I started my physical therapy career in Los Angeles a few years ago. A large amount of the patients I have …

View Post

As the Bicycle Turns: Cycling and the Pelvic Floor

In Pelvic Pain by Kristin LeliLeave a Comment

By: Kim Buonomo Who doesn’t love a leisurely bike ride? People with pelvic floor dysfunction! While biking is great cardio, there are a lot of aspects that make it not very pelvic floor friendly. Most of this comes down to blood flow to the pelvic floor, which is what I want to discuss today. Anatomy Review In order to understand …

View Post

What is the Knack and why does it work to prevent urine leakage?

In Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Urinary Incontinence by Lisa ThompsonLeave a Comment

By: Lisa Thompson, PT, DPT The saying “getting the knack of it” refers to acquiring a skill to perform a specific task. In the world of pelvic floor rehabilitation, the Knack refers to performing a pelvic floor muscle contraction prior to an increase in intra abdominal pressure. This technique is most commonly used to prevent stress urinary incontinence (SUI), such …

View Post

Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome/Male Pelvic Pain/’Prostatitis’ Resource List

In Male Interstitial Cystitis / Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome, Male Pelvic Pain by Elizabeth Akincilar-RummerLeave a Comment

By Elizabeth Akincilar May is Pelvic Pain Awareness Month and at PHRC we want to do our part to help people better understand pelvic pain syndromes and more importantly, help people suffering with these diagnoses get the help they need to recover. Since knowledge is power we created 5 videos and blog posts that we hope people find useful. This …

View Post

Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome Resource List

In Female Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome, Male Interstitial Cystitis / Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome by Melinda FontaineLeave a Comment

By Melinda Fontaine, DPT, PT May is Pelvic Pain Awareness Month and at PHRC we want to do our part to help people better understand pelvic pain syndromes and more importantly, help people suffering with these diagnoses get the help they need to recover. Since knowledge is power we created 5 videos and blog posts that we hope people find …

View Post

Vulvodynia Resource List

In Female Pelvic Pain, Vulvodynia by Katie HunterLeave a Comment

By Katie Hunter, PT, DPT May is Pelvic Pain Awareness Month and at PHRC we want to do our part to help people better understand pelvic pain syndromes and more importantly, help people suffering with these diagnoses get the help they need to recover. Since knowledge is power, we created 5 videos and blog posts that we hope people find …

View Post

Pelvic Floor Anatomy, Physiology & Physical Therapy Resource List

In pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain by Rachel GelmanLeave a Comment

By: Rachel Gelman May is Pelvic Pain Awareness Month and at PHRC we want to do our part to help people better understand pelvic pain syndromes and more importantly, help people suffering with these diagnoses get the help they need to recover. Since knowledge is power we created 5 videos and blog posts that we hope people find useful. This …

View Post

NEW COURSE: Advanced Management of Complex Pelvic Pain Syndromes

In Pelvic floor physical therapy continuing education, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast4 Comments

By: Stephanie Prendergast, MPT   After a five year break from traveling, lecturing, and teaching courses Liz and I are excited to announce that we are re-entering the classrooms! Many people who know us or follow us on social media know our work promoting pelvic floor physical therapy at medical conferences, my leadership role as the first physical therapist to …

View Post

Can Chiropractic Care Help Pregnancy and Labor?

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Kristin LeliLeave a Comment

By: Dr. Kandyce Mutter, BScKin, DC ICPA Webster Certified There’s no question that a woman goes through tremendous changes during the nine months of pregnancy. The most obvious physical changes that are likely to affect the spine will begin to occur during the second trimester. As the uterus grows to accommodate the fetus, the lumbar curve of the spine will …