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How PFPT Helped Following a Prostatectomy: Peter’s Story

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By Peter and Melinda Fontaine, DPT, PHRC Walnut Creek Pelvic Physical Therapy (PPT) has been a wonderfully life changing experience for me following prostate cancer treatment. It has been a nearly three year journey, and I cannot speak highly enough of the benefits of my kind, caring, and immensely skilled PPT therapist. What are these benefits? In short, marked improvement …

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Success Story: How PFPT Helped Following Peter’s Prostatectomy

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By Melinda Fontaine, DPT, PHRC Walnut Creek Peter was a 63 year old experiencing urinary urgency and leakage three months after having his prostate surgically removed for prostate cancer. Luckily, his surgeon referred him to a pelvic floor physical therapist. He was using at least two incontinence pads per day, but was mostly dry at night. He had a strong …

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Pediatric Success Story: Constipation interrupting your kids’ activities?

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By Melinda Fontaine, DPT, PHRC Walnut Creek Symptoms   Many families struggle with constipation in children. Maya is a 10 year old who likes to swim, camp, and play with her little brother. She had suffered with constipation and fecal incontinence most of her life. A year ago, an x-ray showed that she had an enlarged colon from chronic constipation, and …

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How Pelvic Floor PT Helps Men’s Health & Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

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By Melinda Fontaine, DPT, PHRC Walnut Creek Did You Know….   Pelvic floor exercises are equally effective as sildenafil (Viagra) in treating erectile dysfunction. Pelvic floor physical therapy can help incontinence, erectile dysfunction, post void dribbling, overactive bladder, premature ejaculation, and pelvic floor tension myalgia. Erectile dysfunction is associated with twice as much absenteeism, decreases in work productivity, and decreases …

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Gotta Go Right Now: Urinary Urgency Explained

In Female Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome, Stress Urinary Incontinence, Urinary urgency by Melinda FontaineLeave a Comment

By: Melinda Fontaine, DPT, PHRC Walnut Creek You know that feeling when you just drank the equivalent to a big gulp and you haven’t had a bathroom break in over four hours. That sensation of your body telling you to get to the bathroom ASAP is called “urgency.” In case you wonder if urgency and the frequent need to urinate …

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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, PHRC Walnut Creek 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 …

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Using Cannabis to Treat Persistent Pelvic Pain

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Introduction by Melinda Fontaine, article by guest bloggers Eloise Theisen, AGPCNP-BC and Timothy Byars From Melinda: For years, I have seen my patients using cannabis to treat a variety of conditions.  A common complaint is the lack of guidance to do so. Recently, I found a medical professional who is not afraid to make specific recommendations. In fact, cannabis education, …

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Autonomic Dysregulation in Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders

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  By Melinda Fontaine, DPT, Walnut Creek     At the 3rd World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain organized by the International Pelvic Pain Society, Professor Qasim Aziz spoke about Autonomic Dysregulation in Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. Qasim Aziz, MBBS, FRCP, PhD is Professor of Neurogastroenterology at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary, University …

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More Than The Baby Blues?

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By Melinda Fontaine   The majority of women experience some emotional fluctuations known as the Baby Blues in the first three weeks after they give birth, and it is natural. A smaller, but still significant percentage of women will experience Perinatal Mood and/or Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) before or after giving birth. There is a pressure for moms to feel a …

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Pelvic floor physical therapy helps men after prostatectomy

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By Melinda Fontaine, DPT, PHRC Walnut Creek   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 …

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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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Pregnancy, Labor, and Delivery with Vulvovaginal Pain

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By Melinda Fontaine   Julia called me yesterday to ask some questions about pelvic pain and pregnancy.  She was 38 weeks pregnant and getting ready to give birth. She had a history of some pain with intercourse prior to getting pregnant and was surprised to feel some vaginal pain at her last OB appointment as well. Julia wanted to know …