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5 Easy Exercises to Help Ease Pregnancy Aches and Pains

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Sigourney CrossLeave a Comment

By: Sigourney Cross Pelvic and low back pain during pregnancy affects up to two-thirds of women and can start anytime from the first trimester to months after giving birth.1 This is due to a couple of reasons. First, there is a change in your hormone levels. Increased levels of the hormones relaxin, estrogen and progesterone begin to loosen the ligaments …

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Nutrition During Pregnancy

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Nicole DavisLeave a Comment

We have heard the saying “you are what you eat” – all of our body’s tissues – organs, skin, muscles, fascia, etc. – and our body’s chemical messengers – hormones and neurotransmitters – are composites of what we put in our mouths. The more quality foods we allow in, the healthier our tissues. Yet in the United States, about three-fourths …

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Stress Urinary Incontinence in Athletes: Why You Leak When You Exercise

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By: Lis Thompson You may have heard murmurings at practice, the gym, in yoga, or maybe you’ve got your own experiences to share, of people describing incidences of urine loss while exercising. This is called Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) and is described as a loss of urine associated with a stress to the body causing increased intra-abdominal pressure, such as …

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Hunting for hernias…are they a common cause of pelvic pain in men?

In Male Pelvic Pain by Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer1 Comment

By: Elizabeth Akincilar Explaining to someone who has never heard of pelvic floor physical therapy what type of physical therapy I practice is always an interesting conversation. People usually assume certain things about my practice. Most assume I primarily treat older women with “bladder issues” and new moms. People are always surprised to find out that almost 50% of the …

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Book Review: Why Pelvic Pain Hurts

In Pelvic Pain by Rachel Daof1 Comment

By: Rachel Daof “Imagine the following: You feel a sudden new, surprising and sharp pain in your thumb while you’re at the office. You look at it and inspect the thumb. You touch it and feel around to see if there is anything out of the ordinary. You move it around. You discuss it with your coworkers and even show …

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Time to Talk About Healing, It’s a Process

In Pain by Rachel Gelman2 Comments

By: Rachel Gelman Earlier this month I had my wisdom teeth removed. Last thing I remember was talking about elephants in Thailand, and next thing I know I wake up looking like a chipmunk that got in a bar fight (and lost). After a few days, I couldn’t understand why I still felt bad. This was a “simple” procedure and …

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Recovered From Pudendal Neuralgia: Sheyoume’s Success Story

In Female Pudendal Neuralgia, Male Pudendal Neuralgia by Stephanie Prendergast6 Comments

By: Stephanie Prendergast Pudendal neuralgia is a syndrome characterized by burning, stabbing pain in the territory of the pudendal nerve, which has a vast distribution in the pelvis. The symptoms can wreak havoc during ordinary daily activities such as sitting, exercising, going to the bathroom, and having sex. Nerves are physiologically different from muscles, therefore they heal differently than most …

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Muscles Affecting Pelvic Health: It’s Not Just The Pelvic Floor

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Shannon Pacella4 Comments

By: Shannon Pacella As you may know, us pelvic floor physical therapists tend to talk about the pelvic floor muscles quite a lot. However, we also assess and treat many other muscles surrounding the trunk, pelvis, hips, and thighs, that influence pelvic health and various pelvic floor muscle dysfunctions. If you’d like to learn about pelvic floor muscle anatomy, check …

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5 Tips to Reduce Vulvodynia Symptoms

In Vulvodynia by Katie Hunter2 Comments

By: Katie Hunter Vulvodynia can affect up to 25% of women in their lifetime.1 The vulva is the anatomical term for the external genitalia in women that includes the clitoris, labia, mons pubis, and vestibule (vaginal opening).  Vulvodynia has received specific diagnostic terminology as we now know there are various causes and presentations of symptoms that can be considered “vulvodynia”.3 …

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Battle of the bulge: is your weight impacting your pelvic floor function?

In Pelvic Floor Dysfunction by Sigourney CrossLeave a Comment

By: Sigourney Cross If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably spent the last couple of months eating everything in sight. With Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s back to back, it’s hard to say no to all those delicious side dishes and homemade desserts. But now that the holidays have come to an end, it’s back to reality. Did you know …

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Your Body After Baby: 5 methods to safely return to fitness following pregnancy

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By: Guest Blogger – Kristen Herlihy On January 16, 2019 at 1:30pm EST PHRC Cofounder Elizabeth Akincilar and Baby Boot Camp instructor Kristen Herlihy will be discussing postpartum fitness! For information on how to tune in and listen, please visit their Facebook page. In the spirit of this talk, Kristen wanted to share her thoughts on our blog.   As …

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Happy New Year!

In Pelvic Health by Stephanie Prendergast2 Comments

By: Stephanie Prendergast January is often the time to reflect on the past year and set goals for the future. So, in that spirit, we thought it would be fun to dedicate this post to a few top Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center events of 2018….and a peak forward to 2019. In no particular order, here’s what happened and what’s …

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Visceral Pain: Notes from #IPPS2018

In Pelvic Pain by Julia Zaitsev3 Comments

By: Julia Zaitsev Asking patients about pain is a major component of an initial evaluation as well as with follow-up treatments. Monitoring changes in pain behavior, the intensity and the location can help gauge treatment success and progress. However, not a lot of people are aware of a major source of pain which is visceral pain. Kevin Hellman, PhD from …

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Abdominal Wall and Hernia Pain

In Pelvic Pain by Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer3 Comments

By: Elizabeth Akincilar   For some of you reading this, October conjures images of autumn leaves, Halloween, and pumpkin spiced…everything. For me, there’s one additional thing that I associate with October. The Annual International Pelvic Pain Society Scientific Meeting. Every October, for the past 13 years, I’ve attended and participated in this meeting. This year, I was pleased to see …

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Time to Cram for those Pap and Pelvic Exams!

In Pelvic Health by Rachel Gelman2 Comments

By: Rachel Gelman  Pelvic floor dysfunction can lead to symptoms like pain with sex or urinary incontinence, which can have a negative impact on someone’s quality of life. Many patients seen at The Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center report pain with gynecological visits, primarily pelvic exams and pap smears. While few people jump for joy at the idea of spending …

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EVERYTHING Is Connected: What is Visceral Manipulation and How Does it Relate to the Pelvic Floor?

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Nicole Davis2 Comments

Remember our earlier post on fascia? Simply put, fascia is a continuous sheath of connective tissues that lines everything in our body – the organs, bones, muscles, blood vessels, nerves etc. Healthy fascia is fluid and mobile. It allows everything in the body to slide and glide promoting healthy and balanced movement. Restrictions in fascia can impact the mobility of …

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Alternative Treatments for IBS: Can Hypnosis Help Heal Your Gut?

In Pelvic Health by Lisa ThompsonLeave a Comment

By: Lisa Thompson Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is considered a functional gastrointestinal disorder. The Rome Foundation defines IBS as when a person has chronic abdominal pain at least one day per week in the last three months combined with at least two of the following: abdominal pain related to having a bowel movement; abdominal pain onset is associated with change …

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The Ankle Bone is Connected to the Pelvic Floor Muscle Function

In Pelvic Floor Dysfunction by Shannon Pacella1 Comment

By: Shannon Pacella With Halloween just occuring, I had been seeing skeleton decorations everywhere and it got me thinking about anatomy. Cue the ‘Dem Bones’ song we sang as kids – “the knee bones connected to the thigh bone, the thigh bones connected to the hip bone,” the ankle bones connected to the pelvic floor…wait, I didn’t think that’s how …

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Center for Disease Control Opioid Guidelines: notes from #IPPS2018

In Pain by Kim Buonomo1 Comment

By: Kim Buonomo   At the International Pelvic Pain Society’s annual meeting I had the great opportunity to listen to two presenters discuss the role of medications in managing pelvic pain. In this blog, I’ll be talking about Dr. Stephen Ziegler PhD, JD from Purdue University’s lecture regarding the opioid epidemic and ways that we can improve medical management of …