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Diastasis Recti: Closing The Gap Between Research and Function

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health, Stress Urinary Incontinence by pelv_adminLeave a Comment

By Admin   During pregnancy and the postpartum period, many women suffer from both functional and cosmetic issues caused from the widening of the abdominal wall from stretch and pressure generated from the growing uterus. This stretching can result in a separation of the rectus abdominis muscle, known as a diastasis recti (DR).  Diastasis recti occur in approximately 66% of …

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How to Fix a Diastasis Recti

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by pelv_admin162 Comments

Most women seem to accept that pregnancy/childbirth changes their bodies. But, what many don’t realize is that some of these changes can be fixed. One of those “fixable” changes includes a diastasis recti (DR) (translation: the separation of the abdominal muscles), which occurs due to pregnancy. In this post, I’m going to give you a complete overview of diastasis recti, …

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

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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 …

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

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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 …

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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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Here at Pelvic Health & Rehabilitation Center, we can help in the 8 primary clinical categories of pelvic health. Please click on the topic you’re interested in to explore, learn more, and to jump to the menu section. Pelvic Pain Bladder Dysfunction Bowel Dysfunction Pregnancy & Postpartum Post-Surgical Rehabilitation Pelvic Organ Prolapse Transgender Pelvic Health Pediatric Pelvic Health 1. Pelvic …

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Part 1 of 2: What is a good pelvic PT session like?

In Pelvic Health by Katie Hunter2 Comments

By: Katie Hunter Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center is proud to announce that we now have eight locations across the country. Our newest locations include Walnut Creek, CA, Bedford, NH and Westlake Village, CA. We pride ourselves on our constant commitment to give the best possible care for our patients. Patients suffering from long-standing pelvic conditions are often shuffled around …

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The Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center Turns 12!

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  By: Stephanie Prendergast   On July 17th, 2006,  Liz and Stephanie opened the doors to the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center in San Francisco. Their mission was to improve the quality of life of their patients and to contribute to the dynamic growth of their employees and students.  They aspired to educate the community and medical professionals about pelvic …

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Reducing perineal trauma during labor and delivery

In Female Pelvic Pain, Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Stephanie Prendergast2 Comments

  By Stephanie Prendergast   Who doesn’t love a crowning baby cake? If our image didn’t catch your eye the title of this post probably did if you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant. Last week we presented a pelvic health quiz about the role of the pelvic floor muscles play in childbirth. This week we share the answers …

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Pelvic floor physical therapy helps men after prostatectomy

In Male Pelvic Pain, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by Melinda Fontaine2 Comments

    By Melinda Fontaine   What would men’s health month be without a blog about prostate cancer? One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. Will this number be affected by the recent change in the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s change in recommendations on screening for prostate cancer? What happens when a man …

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Brace yourselves: protecting your pelvic floor during CrossFit and loaded exercise

In Female Pelvic Pain, Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Male Pelvic Pain by pelv_admin2 Comments

  If you are a male and either currently participate in CrossFit workouts or another form of Olympic weightlifting, and have developed one or more of these symptoms: perineum pain with sitting, lower abdominal pain with intense activity or ejaculation, testicular pain that radiates to the abdomen or the vice versa, and urinary hesitancy with urgency and frequency, this blog …

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Painfree childbirth, peaceful labor, comfortable delivery: the practice of hypnobirthing

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Photo: David J Laporte       By Melinda Fontaine   Peaceful labor? Comfortable delivery? Calm childbirth? Do these sound like oxymorons? It’s true!   Jane was a young woman who saw a segment on TV about HypnoBirthing.  She saw pregnant women who looked like they were concentrating really hard on an abdominal workout or a challenging algebra equation.  Then …

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Our Services Here at Pelvic Health & Rehabilitation Center, we can help in the 8 primary clinical categories of pelvic health. Please click on the topic you’re interested in to explore, learn more, and to jump to the menu section. Pelvic Pain | Pregnancy & Postpartum | Bladder Dysfunction | Bowel Dysfunction | Pelvic Organ Prolapse | Transgender Pelvic Health ...
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Postpartum Pelvic Pain: Be Like Sarah and Get PT 1st

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by pelv_admin5 Comments

  In mid-April, Fox News Health wrote an article on why postpartum moms need physical therapy.  (To see the article click here.)  As pointed out in the article, France, Netherlands, and Australia automatically provide postpartum moms with 6-12 pelvic physical therapy treatments. Meanwhile, here in the US postpartum moms are rarely told by their OB/GYNs to attend physical therapy. When …

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The Ultimate Solution To Help Mothers Reconnect With Their Bodies And Rebuild Post-Baby Foundations

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health, Stress Urinary Incontinence by Stephanie Prendergast1 Comment

By Wendy Powell, Postpartum Exercise Expert, Founder + CEO of MuTu System   This information relates to every woman who is having, has had, or will ever have a baby, who wants to regain full use and look of her beautiful pre-baby body (who doesn’t?). Whether she has just had a baby, has teenage children, or if she is about to give …

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Gwyneth’s Goop and the Pelvic Floor: What They Missed

In Female Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome, Female Pelvic Pain, Stress Urinary Incontinence by Stephanie Prendergast4 Comments

By Stephanie Prendergast Last week, Gwyneth Paltrow’s popular newsletter featured an article on pelvic floor muscles, which prompted numerous emails and tweets in my direction. Apparently this is a topic that makes my friends and colleagues think of me. While pondering why everyone, except for me,  seems to be reading Goop,  I took a look. I am glad to see …

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Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner! Proper Body Mechanics for Parents

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  By  Melinda Fontaine, DPT Having a baby is like running a marathon with your pelvic floor and pelvic girdle muscles. Did you know that: 65% of women who had low back or pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy reported persitent symptoms 14 months after delivery1 20 -70 % of new moms experience stress urinary incontinence 2 24% of women still experience …

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The Case of Post-prostatectomy Urinary Incontinence

In Male Pelvic Pain, Stress Urinary Incontinence by Stephanie Prendergast12 Comments

Patient History Ted is a 67-year-old male with a primary concern of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and secondary concerns of erectile dysfunction. Ted reports he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in September 2013 and underwent a “bilateral nerve-sparing radical suprapubic prostatectomy”, a procedure in which the nerves must be cut in order to remove the cancerous tissue, later that fall. …