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Summary from IPPS 2019: Chronic Pain in Endometriosis

In Endometriosis by Morgan Conner1 Comment

By: Morgan Conner 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 primary themes to Dr. …

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Why Do We Dance? For Pelvic Health!

In Pelvic Health by Maryssa Steffen4 Comments

By Maryssa Steffen I am a physical therapist, but my other life is a dancer. I have danced for almost 33 years and I have no doubt that it fully connects me to myself and strengthens my empathy towards others. After working with patients and delving into the research that supports dance therapy, I wanted to share how I bridge …

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Enjoying Sex While Healing From Pelvic Pain

In Female Pelvic Pain by pelv_admin5 Comments

This week, long-time colleague Lorraine Faehnedrich guest blogs for PHRC. Lorraine’s bio and information on her courses can be found at the end of the post. On April 2 Lorraine will be interviewing our own Katie Hunter about how pelvic floor physical therapy can help women recover from painful sex. Stay tuned to our social media for more details! From …

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Pelvic Pain Explained: Endometriosis

In Endometriosis by Jandra Mueller1 Comment

By Jandra Mueller 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 6 videos and blog posts that we hope people find useful. This week, in our sixth webinar of the …

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Battle of The Sexes: Do Gender and Sex influence Pain?

In Pelvic Pain by Sarah Casali3 Comments

By: Sarah Cassali At PHRC, our therapists treat both men and women with pelvic pain conditions. Many of my patients are surprised to hear that men and women have almost the same pelvic floor muscles (with some minor variations).   If you were to ask me if I thought there was a big difference between treating women with pelvic pain …

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IPPS 2019: Sexual Health and Sexual Pain Across Cultures

In Pelvic Pain by Kristin LeliLeave a Comment

By: Nina Chou This year’s IPPS meeting was held in Toronto, Canada, which is one of the most diverse cities in North America. In fact, the official motto of the city is “Diversity is our Strength.” Today, I want to recap a lecture on the impact of culture on sexuality by Beatrice “Bean” Robinson, PhD. Dr. Robinson is a licensed …

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PHRC is BUSY this fall!

In Pelvic Health by Kristin LeliLeave a Comment

A lot is going on this quarter and frankly, every quarter here at PHRC. Here is what you need to know! New faces! PHRC welcomes administrative assistant Emily Schwerdtfeger to Westlake Village and pelvic floor physical therapist Karah Charette to Walnut Creek and Berkeley. Jandra Mueller, pelvic floor specialist will also rejoin the team. New office! Speaking of Jandra, on …

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How to Tackle Pelvic Pain, Joseph’s Success Story

In Male Pelvic Pain by Lisa Thompson1 Comment

By: Lis Thompson As physical therapists, we often refer to our patients’ last day with us as Graduation Day. I always enjoy Graduation Day because it means the patient has accomplished their goals; their symptoms have reduced, they are able to function without limitations, and they are leaving as happier, healthier individuals. To put it plainly, they don’t need me …

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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 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 are common problems, look …

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Foam Rolling for Pelvic Pain Relief

In Pelvic Pain by Courtney Edgecomb1 Comment

By: Courtney Edgecomb The very first time I came across a foam roller was in high school when I went to physical therapy for back pain. At that time, the main product was simply a long, circular white piece of soft foam. It wasn’t special but it certainly helped me continue playing soccer without pain. Fast forward into my college …

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How Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Helped Me Recover From Vaginismus

In Female Pelvic Pain, Vaginismus by pelv_adminLeave a Comment

Last month, Sigourney shared Martha’s Success Story, told from her perspective as Martha’s pelvic floor physical therapist. This week, Martha was kid enough to share her experience, in her own words. We hope her story provides hope for the many, many other women suffering from primary vaginismus or other causes of painful sex. We are sharing many success stories this …

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Young Men Get Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. Here’s How Chris Recovered with Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy!

In Male Interstitial Cystitis / Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome, Male Pelvic Pain by Rachel DaofLeave a Comment

By: Rachel Daof   People often ask me what symptoms men present with that land them in pelvic floor physical therapy.  The truth is, men suffer from similar issues as women when it involves their pelvic floor: bowel, bladder, sexual dysfunction, and/or pain in the pelvic region. Furthermore, it’s not only the elder male population that can experience these things. …

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The Pelvic Health and Rehab Center is Taking Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy to KENYA!

In Pelvic floor physical therapy continuing education, Pelvic Health by Elizabeth Akincilar-RummerLeave a Comment

By: Elizabeth Akincilar PHRC is going to Nairobi, Kenya! I’m excited to announce that PHRC will be sharing their passion and knowledge for pelvic health in Nairobi, Kenya, in February 2020! Myself,  PHRC’s Rachel Gelman, PT, DPT and Shannon Pacella, PT, DPT will have the privilege of teaching Pelvic Floor 3 to Kenyan Physical Therapists through the Kenya Medical Training …

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Michelle’s Postpartum Pelvic Health Struggles…and Success!

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Kristin LeliLeave a Comment

By: Rachel Gelman Michelle is a 30 year old female referred by her gynecologist to us for pelvic floor physical therapy following the birth of her first child. Michelle had her son via vaginal delivery and she was roughly five months postpartum at the time of her evaluation with me.  She reports she had a second degree tear with “a …

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Finding Pleasure in Something that was Always Painful: Sam’s Success Story

In Female Pelvic Pain, Transgender Health by Shannon PacellaLeave a Comment

By: Shannon Pacella Sam came to the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center in the beginning of May this year, after her primary care physician recommended seeing a pelvic floor physical therapist as she reported having pain with vaginal penetration. Here’s what Sam had to say: “I am 41 years old, and spent most of my life completely avoiding my vagina …

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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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Why Does the Area Between My Balls and My Butt Hurt? Tyler’s Male Pelvic Pain Success Story

In Male Interstitial Cystitis / Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome, Male Pelvic Pain, Male Pudendal Neuralgia by Katie Hunter1 Comment

By: Katie Hunter When I first discussed sharing Tyler’s story on this blog, we talked about why men are not aware of pelvic floor PT. We talked about how most websites list  “chronic prostatitis” or “male pelvic pain syndrome” to define his symptoms. He shared with me what men are most likely typing into Google when looking for treatment for …

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Recovery From Vaginismus and Painful Sex: Martha’s Success Story

In Female Pelvic Pain by Sigourney CrossLeave a Comment

By: Sigourney Cross Vaginismus is characterized as an involuntary spasm or contraction of the muscles around the vagina. This makes it very difficult for women to insert tampons, receive pelvic exams by their doctors and can also make sexual intercourse nearly impossible and painful. It can affect women anywhere from their teenage years to later in life. Vaginismus can be …

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Recovery After Rectocele Repair and How Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Helps

In Female Pelvic Pain, Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Pelvic Organ Prolapse by Sigourney CrossLeave a Comment

By: Sigourney Cross A rectocele, also known as a posterior wall prolapse, is one of the main types of pelvic organ prolapse (POP). As explained in some of our prior posts, a POP occurs when tissue and muscles can no longer support the pelvic organs and they drop down. For a review of the main types of POP you can …