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Online Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Appointments Are Now Available!

In Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Telehealth, Pelvic Health by Stephanie PrendergastLeave a Comment

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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Pregnancy Hormones 101

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Rachel Gelman1 Comment

By: Rachel Gelman 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 …

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Pelvic Health Products We Love: Part Two

In Pelvic Health by Jandra MuellerLeave a Comment

By Jandra Meuller Here at PHRC we regularly discover all sorts of new and cool products that are available for people’s pelvic health needs. I am amazed at some of the products available and that are being developed and am so thankful there are people that are creating these products because they are SOOO helpful!  Pelvic health physical therapists treat …

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Pelvic Health Products We Love: Part One

In Pelvic Health by Jandra MuellerLeave a Comment

By Jandra Meuller Here at PHRC we regularly discover all sorts of new and cool products that are available for people’s pelvic health needs. I am amazed at some of the products available and that are being developed and am so thankful there are people that are creating these products because they are SOOO helpful!  Pelvic health physical therapists treat …

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Thinking Beyond the Dilators: How Vicki Beat Vaginismus

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By Morgan Conner 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 three years ago, they …

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Success Story: How Jennifer Beat Endometriosis

In Endometriosis by Jandra Mueller1 Comment

By Jandra Mueller Jennifer was referred to PHRC by her urogynecologist who diagnosed her with interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS). For more information on this condition, check out Melinda’s webinar on IC/PBS.  She was diagnosed with IC in 2012/2013 because she had been experiencing significant cramping in her bladder, as well as urinary urgency and frequency. After a series of …

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Early Trauma and Its Effect on Chronic Urogenital Pain

In Pelvic Pain by Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer4 Comments

By: Elizabeth Akincilar Another October, another International Pelvic Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting has come and gone. This year, we gathered in Toronto, Canada to learn about the latest and greatest in the world of pelvic pain. It seemed fitting that the first lecture of the general meeting would discuss possible early contributors to chronic urogenital pain.  Dr. Julie Christianson, …

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Summary from IPPS 2019: Chronic Pain in Endometriosis

In Endometriosis by Morgan Conner2 Comments

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_admin6 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

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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!

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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 …