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Success Story! How Josh recovered from Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS)

In Male Interstitial Cystitis / Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome, Male Pelvic Pain by Cambria Oetken

By Cambria Oetken, PHRC Westlake Village June is Men’s Health month, and men suffer from pelvic pain too. Research shows that up to 16% of men suffer from Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS) at some point in their life. However, we suspect this number is lower than the actual prevalence because it is so commonly misdiagnosed as a bacterial infection …

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Pride Month and Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Part 2!

In LGBQT Healthcare Rights by Danae Narvaza

By Danae Narvaza PT, DPT, PHRC Encinitas Cis-gendered people who have sought help for pelvic floor dysfunction will tell you accessibility and awareness makes finding the right help harder than it should be. June marks Pride Month and to celebrate we want to shed light on another underserved population seeking help: the transgender and non-binary population. If you have not …

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Pride Month and Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy!

In LGBQT Healthcare Rights, Transgender Pelvic Health by Danae Narvaza

By Danae Narvaza PT, DPT, PHRC Encinitas Cis-genered people who have sought help for pelvic floor dysfunction will tell you accessibility and awareness makes finding the right help harder than it should be. June marks Pride Month and to celebrate we want to shed light on another underserved population seeking help: the transgender and non-binary population. We want to help …

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Recognizing Pelvic Pain Awareness Month

In Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast

By PHRC TEAM May is recognized worldwide as Pelvic Pain Awareness Month, an observance that aims to raise awareness about pelvic pain and encourage education, research, and advocacy. Despite the prevalence of this condition, it often remains underdiagnosed and undertreated due to lack of awareness and understanding. The entire team at the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center is committed first …

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Stephanie Prendergast is accepting new patients in Pasadena!

In Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy, Pelvic Health, Uncategorized by Stephanie Prendergast

By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles Dear Patients and Colleagues, Change is a constant part of life, and after ten rewarding years in West LA I have made the decision to transition to PHRC’s Pasadena location. I started to fall in love with Pasadena when I opened this location in 2022, though I never imagined we would move …

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You Are Invited to a Vulvar Pain Educational Fundraiser!

In Vulvodynia by Stephanie Prendergast

The Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center cordially invites you to an exclusive fundraising and educational event in honor of  Pelvic Pain Awareness Month! We extend our heartfelt invitation to join us in lending support to two vital nonprofit organizations that rely on your generous contributions to sustain their impactful initiatives. One of these organizations is Tight Lipped, a dedicated patient …

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10 Common Behaviors that Can Lead to Pelvic Pain

In Bladder Dysfunction, Bowel Dysfunction, Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction by Elizabeth Akincilar

By Elizabeth Akincilar, MSPT, Cofounder, PHRC Merrimack   Pelvic pain is a complex condition that can have various causes, including medical conditions, injuries, and certain behaviors. In this blog, we will discuss 10 common behaviors that can potentially lead to pelvic pain. It’s important to note that while these behaviors may contribute to pelvic pain, they may not be the …

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Prioritizing Mental Health: A Necessity, Not a Luxury

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Pain, Pelvic Health by Emily Tran

By Emily Tran   In the realm of chronic pain management, the intricate link between physical suffering and mental well-being cannot be overstated. Mental health counselors specializing in chronic pain populations often emphasize that chronic pain is more than a physical condition; it deeply impacts one’s mental health, potentially leading to or worsening conditions such as depression, anxiety, and stress. …

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Embracing IBS Awareness Month: A Pelvic Floor PT Perspective

In Bowel Dysfunction, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Pelvic Health by Emily Tran

By PHRC Admin Every April, the world recognizes Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month. This global healthcare event aims to shine a spotlight on this common but often misunderstood condition. As pelvic floor physical therapists, understanding the intricate relationship between IBS and pelvic health is crucial.   What is IBS? Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects …

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Dealing with Clitoral Phimosis

In Female Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast

By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles Clitoral phimosis, while not widely discussed, is a condition that affects many worldwide. It’s characterized by the formation of adhesions or scar tissue that covers the clitoris, causing discomfort, pain, and sexual dysfunction. Understanding and managing this condition can significantly improve the quality of life for those affected. What is Clitoral Phimosis? …

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A Guide to Menstrual Products

In Female Pelvic Pain by Emily Tran

By PHRC Admin Menstruation is a natural part of life for most. However, navigating the world of menstrual products can be a daunting task, given the variety of options available today. This guide aims to break down the different types of menstrual products on the market, their benefits, and why you might choose one over another.   Traditional Disposable Products …

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Menoposium LIVE | Chicago!

In Menopause/Perimenopause by Stephanie Prendergast

Join Let’s Talk Menopause on Friday, May 3rd, 2024 for our second annual half-day, IN-PERSON menoposium – this year in Chicago! Learn from leading experts how perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause can impact your body, mood, sleep, sexual/urinary health, and long-term health. Discover strategies for navigating these changes, including menopause hormone therapy.   This Menoposium will dive into symptoms of and …

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Insurance, Hormones, and the Help You Need

In Menopause/Perimenopause by Stephanie Prendergast

By PHRC Admin   Let us help you untangle something that should be so simple yet is not and continues to be a problem for many; accessibility to healthcare that thousands across the nation need and could benefit from. There exists a notable disparity in the healthcare sector, often overlooked. It’s the inequality faced by individuals going through menopause when …

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Article Review: Birth Control Pills Linked With Depression

In Pregnancy/Postpartum by Stephanie Prendergast

By PHRC Admin    Depression, a common and serious medical illness, affects how we feel, think, and handle daily activities. In recent years, there’s been growing concern over the potential link between hormonal birth control and depression. Join us for a review of an article linking Oral contraceptives (OCPs) to depression! We thank Fiona Riddle for writing on this topic; …

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10 Tips to Decrease Your Pelvic Pain

In Female Pelvic Pain by Elizabeth Akincilar

By Elizabeth Akincilar, MSPT, Cofounder, PHRC Merrimack   Pelvic pain can significantly impact your quality of life, but there are steps you can take to decrease or minimize this discomfort. In this blog, we will discuss 10 tips that can help alleviate pelvic pain and promote overall pelvic health.   Put a stool under your feet when having a bowel …

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Clinical Manifestations of Endometriosis

In Endometriosis by Jandra Mueller

By Jandra Mueller, DPT, MS, PHRC Encinitas   Endometriosis is well known for its significant menstrual pain (dysmenorrhea), and often silent infertility. It has long been thought that this disease is a ‘women’s’ disease or menstrual disease allowing for a long history of hysterectomies and hormone suppression aimed at suppressing menstruation.    Sampson’s theory of retrograde menstruation has been perpetuated …

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The Link Between Pelvic Floor Muscles and Sexual Satisfaction

In Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy by Emily Tran

By PHRC Admin The human body is an intricate masterpiece, and within its depths lies a source of immense pleasure and connection: the pelvic floor muscles. Often overlooked or underestimated, these muscles play a vital role in sexual arousal and orgasm. In this blog post, we will explore the wonders of the pelvic floor muscles and how understanding and harnessing …

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An Unsettling Reality Exposed by “The Retrievals” Podcast

In Female Pelvic Pain by Emily Tran

By PHRC Admin & Co-Author Cecilia Plaza, J.D   Have you listened to The Retrievals podcast series?  In a world where pain is subjective, women often find themselves marginalized, dismissed, and even ignored when it comes to their own experiences of pain. This issue has recently been brought to light through a thought-provoking podcast called “The Retrievals,” hosted by Susan …

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Emphasizing Sexual Awareness: National Condom Week

In Male Pelvic Pain by Elizabeth Akincilar

By PHRC Admin National Condom Week, celebrated every year from February 14th to 21st, serves as a pivotal reminder of the importance of sexual health and awareness. It provides an opportunity to educate about safe sex practices and their significance in maintaining overall wellbeing. As pelvic floor physical therapists, understanding the intricate relationship between sexual health and pelvic health is …

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Vulvodynia: Do’s, Don’ts, + Symptom Management

In Vulvodynia by Stephanie PrendergastLeave a Comment

 By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   The diagnosis of Vulvodynia can be confusing, scary, and overwhelming. Studies show that vulvar pain affects as many as 1 in 3 women at some point during their lives and the medical community is finally getting better at diagnosing and treating it! ‘Vulvodynia’ simply means pain in the vulva. We consider …

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Dermatomes: Let’s Get Into It

In pudendal neuralgia by Stephanie PrendergastLeave a Comment

By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   At PHRC we love anatomy! As physical therapists we have advanced training in the neuromuscular systems of our body. Knowing where things come from and where things go help make us expert diagnosticians and treatment providers! Here is insight into which nerve roots are responsible for sensation in our pelvis. As …