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Healing Female Sexual Pain, and IG Live with Dr. Irwin Goldstein

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, DPT, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles On February 18th I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Irwin Goldstein on Instagram Live. Here is a little background on Dr. Goldstein:   Dr. Irwin Goldstein is the director of San Diego Sexual Medicine, where he maintains his clinical practice, Director of Sexual Medicine at Alvarado Hospital and Clinical …

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Vestibulodynia Explained with Follow Up Q&A

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By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles Do you know the difference between vulvodynia & vestibulodynia? Vulvodynia simply means pain in the vulva, which includes the clitoris, labia, mons pubis, perineum, hymen, and vestibule.  Tune into our IG Live about Vestibulodynia with special guest, Doctor Irwin Goldstein at 5:30PM PST, 2/18/2021. Vestibulodynia is pain in the vestibule, a more …

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Q&A Pelvic Floor Weakness Causes

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By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles and Admin In case you missed our latest Q&A about Pelvic Floor Pain/Tightness Causes, you can read it here. If your pelvic floor muscles are weak, your pelvic organs will not have the full support they need! But what is the cause of weakness? Back in October we presented you with numerous …

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Q&A For Pelvic Pain/Tightness Causes

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By Stephanie Prendergast, PHRC Cofounder, Los Angeles If you have been a long time follower of As the Pelvic Turns, then you might remember the Q&A we did years ago about Pelvic Floor Drops, Weak and Tight Muscles, Tilted Pelvis and More. As the years go by, new research, information and overall growth in the field occurs. With this, we …

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What is an expandable vaginal dilator? Meet Milli!

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Author: Tracy MacNeal, Materna CEO   This week we are posting about the Milli, the first-ever gradually expanding dilator. Please note PHRC cofounder Stephanie Prendergast is a member of the Materna Scientific Advisory Board and PHRC is posting this blog on their behalf.   Vaginal dilators are often recommended in treatment plans for women suffering from vaginal stiffness and discomfort. …

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PHRC is Offering Online Mentoring and Pelvic Floor Continuing Education!

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By Stephanie Prendergast, PHRC Cofounder As the COVID-19 pandemic continues we are adjusting to the new normal here at PHRC. Our business has been significantly affected, with many of our offices being totally closed for weeks or months. We are slowly reopening carefully and in accordance with the CDC guidelines. We launched a digital health program for patients and are …

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PHRC is Open and Policy Updates

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The past month has been a trying time in the world. Our company has clinics in California, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire and while physical therapy is considered an essential business and permitted to be open, we chose to close 8 of the 9 clinics due to COVID19 uncertainties. Fortunately we have been able to offer telehealth appointments to our patients …

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Online Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Appointments Are Now Available!

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It’s a terrifying time and we’ve got you covered. We hope everyone is staying home and healthy as we wait out the current COVID-19 pandemic. The safety of our patients, staff, and the community is important to us. As a result of government directives, our Lexington, MA office is closed until April 6th, our San Francisco, Berkeley, Los Gatos, Walnut …

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Thrive with Age: Menopause Solutions

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“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 …

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Pudendal Neuralgia Resource List

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, DPT, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles 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 …

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NEW COURSE: Advanced Management of Complex Pelvic Pain Syndromes

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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 …

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Recovered From Pudendal Neuralgia: Sheyoume’s Success Story

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By: Stephanie Prendergast, PHRC Cofounder 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 …

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Happy New Year!

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By: Stephanie Prendergast, PHRC Cofounder 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 …

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Mindfulness Meditation: Is it actually effective for treating chronic pain?

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By Elizabeth Akincilar Mindfulness meditation. Even if you’re not exactly sure what it is, I’m going to bet you’ve heard of it. It has gotten a lot of attention recently. It’s everywhere. It’s not like the mediation of 20 years ago. Back then meditation was considered “alternative” or  “fringe” that few people practiced, especially in western countries. Now, mindfulness has …

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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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What is Red Cord Physical Therapy?

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  By Sarah Court, PT, DPT, e-RYT   Traditionally, the thinking around how to approach low back and pelvic girdle pain has had a singular approach: find the ‘tight’ muscle and stretch it, and then find the ‘weak’ muscle and make it stronger.   While it’s true that muscular tone imbalances can and do create the kind of postural disequilibrium …

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Antenatal and Postpartum Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy as Standard of Care

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  By Dr. Ann Croghan, PT, DPT, CLC, and CAPP-OB trained with introduction by Stephanie Prendergast, MPT   A few months ago I shared a link to an article I was interviewed for in Men’s Health Magazine about postpartum sex on our PHRC Facebook Page. I was disappointed there was not better coverage about postpartum pelvic floor physical therapy in …

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Vulvodynia, Vestibulodynia, and Vaginismus: what’s the difference and why does it matter?

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  By Stephanie Prendergast, PHRC Cofounder   As many as 28% of women experience painful sex at some point during their reproductive years and that sucks. Knowledge is power and May is Pelvic Pain Awareness Month so we want to provide women with useful information about the three most common diagnoses associated with painful sex: vulvodynia, vaginismus, and vesitbulodynia. Differentiating …

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What’s new in research and clinical care for “Prostatitis” aka male Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS)?

In Male Interstitial Cystitis / Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome by Stephanie Prendergast5 Comments

By Stephanie Prendergast, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   If you are a man suffering from what feels like ‘prostatitis’, this blog and our upcoming informational event is for you.   Did you know?…   10% of men experience prostatitis-like symptoms at some point in their lives. 97% of these men do not have a prostate or bladder infection yet are …

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You are invited to Becoming UnWOUND: A Conversation about Female Sexual Health & Pelvic Pain with Screening of Animated Short Film“Tightly Wound”

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  By Stephanie Prendergast   The Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center, Femina Physical Therapy, and the Milli, the first  Expandable Dilator, are teaming up to bring Shelby Hadden and her animated short film about vaginismus, Tightly Wound, to Los Angeles on Saturday, May 19th! Many of you may know of Shelby and her past struggles with pelvic pain. Her journey …