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World Physical Therapy Day- A Q&A about Pelvic Floor PTs

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September 8th is World Physical Therapy Day!   To celebrate, we wanted to do a little Q&A about pelvic floor physical therapy and what it’s like to be a pelvic floor physical therapist!   What is pelvic floor physical therapy?    In a nutshell pelvic floor physical therapy (PFPT) is the branch of physical therapy that is focused on conditions …

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Patient Success Story: Dealing with Prolapse and Menopause

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By Karah Charette, PT, DPT, RYT   When I first met Sara* (name changed for the story), I knew she was going to do well with pelvic floor physical therapy. She was motivated, curious, and engaged in her healing process. She came in with questions and reflections each session, and was open to learning something new every time we met. …

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Pregnancy Awareness Month- Pregnancy & Postpartum Services

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, DPT, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles With May being Pregnancy Awareness Month, we wanted to share an overview of the pregnancy and postpartum services we offer here at the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center. Along with the overview we will discuss what to expect in your appointment with additional blogs, videos and general pregnancy and postpartum …

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A Case of Pelvic Pain and Sexual Dysfunction- Clyde’s Success Story

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By Morgan Conner, DPT   Clyde’s symptoms started about one year before he first came to physical therapy. They started suddenly after he forced an orgasm by squeezing his pelvic floor while enjoying morning sex. Later that day he started feeling pins and needles in his prostate, pain at the tip of the penis, and burning with urination. When the …

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Pelvic Floor Muscle Function: Breathing Into Sexual Pleasure

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By Karah Charette, DPT, PHRC Berkeley & San Francisco   As a human being, you have a right to pleasure- safe, consensual, and sexual pleasure.    We are fortunate to participate in a culture where conversations about sexuality and sexual function are becoming more mainstream and accepted. We are now having nuanced conversations about the myriad of factors that affect …

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Pelvic Pain Through the Lens of Curiosity: What Can You Learn?

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By Karah Charette, DPT, PHRC San Francisco & Berkeley Pain might be one of the most pesky forms of mindfulness. When you are in pain, it is usually all you can think about. It draws you into the present moment whether you want to be or not. In this moment, there also often comes the fear that you have no …

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How to Use Mindful Somatic Movement for Pelvic Pain Relief: Video Included!

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By Maryssa Steffan, DPT, PHRC Berkeley Pelvic pain can feel like you are stuck in an endless cycle of symptoms. It may feel like you are doomed forever. When your body is tense and your fear is feeding the pain response, moving your body may be the last thing you want to do. You may wonder how you can possibly …

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EmBODYment

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By Maryssa Steffen, DPT, PHRC Berkeley Have you ever noticed the relationship between your feelings and your bodily sensations? For example, have you ever noticed that gut-wrenching feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you know something is wrong, or you just got bad news? Or your heart rate suddenly increases when you get scared or nervous? …

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We’ve Got Your Back!

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By Karah Charette, DPT, PHRC Berkeley People with pelvic floor symptoms often ask if their back and hip pain is related to their pelvic floor dysfunction. The answer a majority of the time is an unequivocal YES! Pelvic floor physical therapists are first and foremost physical therapists– meaning we can and do work with the whole body! We start with …

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But is it really Interstitial Cystitis?  

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

By Morgan Conner, DPT, PHRC Los Gatos Recently, I decided to look into the confusion surrounding Interstitial Cystitis. A couple searches down a Pubmed rabbithole, I realized there was much more to it than I initially realized. In order to really make sense of what might be going on, I decided to go back to the basics and to the …

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A Polyvagal Map to Pelvic Health

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By Maryssa Steffen, DPT, PHRC Berkeley “It doesn’t matter how much you drive around, you will never get to where you want to go if you don’t have the right map.” – Stanley Rosenberg During this unprecedented time to slow down, shelter at home, and physical distance, I have taken the opportunity to dive deeper into embodied practices. In other …

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Movement for the Movement: Pelvic Floor Release and Fundraising

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By Karah Charettte, DPT, PHRC Berkeley On Saturday July 25th 2020 at 11:00 am PST, the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center is hosting a virtual fundraiser via Zoom combining two things we care deeply about: pelvic health and racial justice.  Doctor of Physical Therapy and yoga instructor Karah Charette of PHRC Berkeley will be teaching a 60 minute movement workshop entitled …

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No-Equipment Workout for a Happy Pelvis and Strong Core

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By Courtney Edgecomb, DPT, PHRC Los Angeles Even before gyms and group fitness classes closed for COVID-19, I was a big fan of at-home workouts. Don’t get me wrong, I love the community, atmosphere, and variety of equipment available from gyms and classes, but the price can get high and I run like the wolves to avoid traffic or parking …

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Pregnancy Hormones 101

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Pregnancy is wild. Someone is walking around growing a human being. It blows my mind every time I see a pregnant person and here at The Pelvic Health & Rehabilitation Center, we get to see a lot of pregnant people!  Now a lot of things happen during pregnancy, and hormones are a big key player in the process. You may …

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Thinking Beyond the Dilators: How Vicki Beat Vaginismus

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By Morgan Conner, DPT, PHRC Los Gatos Sadly, the starting point of this success story is not novel to me as a pelvic floor physical therapist or for many who struggle with primary vaginismus. However, this story has a happy ending (pun very much intended!) as well as an interesting middle. When Vicki (not her real name) married her husband …

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Summary from IPPS 2019: Chronic Pain in Endometriosis

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By: Morgan Conner, DPT, PHRC Los Gatos In October I had the pleasure of attending the International Pelvic Pain Society’s Scientific Meeting with a number of my colleagues here at PHRC. On the second day of the main conference, Catherine Allaire MDCM, FRCSC gave the James E. Carter keynote lecture titled Endometriosis: Towards Prevention of Chronic Pain. There were two …