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Alternative Treatments for IBS: Can Hypnosis Help Heal Your Gut?

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By: Lisa Thompson Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is considered a functional gastrointestinal disorder. The Rome Foundation defines IBS as when a person has chronic abdominal pain at least one day per week in the last three months combined with at least two of the following: abdominal pain related to having a bowel movement; abdominal pain onset is associated with change …

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The Ankle Bone is Connected to the Pelvic Floor Muscle Function

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By: Shannon Pacella With Halloween just occuring, I had been seeing skeleton decorations everywhere and it got me thinking about anatomy. Cue the ‘Dem Bones’ song we sang as kids – “the knee bones connected to the thigh bone, the thigh bones connected to the hip bone,” the ankle bones connected to the pelvic floor…wait, I didn’t think that’s how …

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Center for Disease Control Opioid Guidelines: notes from #IPPS2018

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By: Kim Buonomo   At the International Pelvic Pain Society’s annual meeting I had the great opportunity to listen to two presenters discuss the role of medications in managing pelvic pain. In this blog, I’ll be talking about Dr. Stephen Ziegler PhD, JD from Purdue University’s lecture regarding the opioid epidemic and ways that we can improve medical management of …

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Managing Life on or after “The Pill”

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  By: Jandra Mueller If you are a female reader of our blog, have experienced painful intercourse, and happened to have come to the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center (PHRC) for treatment, then you are probably familiar with our talk about how systemic birth control like oral contraceptives (OCPs) or “The Pill,” may be the underlying culprit. The pill is …

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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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Part 2 of 2: What is a good pelvic PT session like?

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By: Katie Hunter Last week, in Part 1 of What is a good pelvic PT session like,  we described what a pelvic floor physical  therapy evaluation consists of and how we go about developing an assessment and setting goals to help our patients get better. This week we dive deeper into pelvic floor physical therapy treatment plans, patient education, and …

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Part 1 of 2: What is a good pelvic PT session like?

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By: Katie Hunter Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center is proud to announce that we now have eight locations across the country. Our newest locations include Walnut Creek, CA, Bedford, NH and Westlake Village, CA. We pride ourselves on our constant commitment to give the best possible care for our patients. Patients suffering from long-standing pelvic conditions are often shuffled around …

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Wait there’s a (secret) society for that?

In Pelvic Health by Julia Zaitsev2 Comments

By: Julia Zaitsev In the age of social media and WebMD, often times I will have a patient who has gained information from all sorts of sources all over the internet. It takes a lot of effort to weed through the information that the patient has “learned” and separate fact from fiction. One of the best and most rewarding parts …

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Wrap it Up: Condoms 101

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By: Jandra Mueller and Rachel Gelman Here at PHRC we talk a lot about birth control. Primarily, hormonal oral contraceptives, but there are so many other options. This post will take an in-depth look at one of our favorite contraceptives: condoms. HISTORY Yes, jimmy hats, rubbers, french letters. They have been called many names, but at the end of the …

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How Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Can Serve the Transgender/Gender Non-conforming Population: Part 2

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By: Elizabeth Akincilar Last week, Shannon Pacella, DPT, taught us how physical therapy can benefit transgender individuals prior to gender affirming surgery and for those who choose not to undergo gender affirming surgery. You can read her blog here. This week, I present Part two, where I will explain why physical therapy for transgender individuals after gender affirming surgery should …

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How Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Can Serve the Transgender Population: Part 1

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By: Shannon Pacella Earlier this summer, Dr. Heidi Wittenberg wrote a blog post enabling medical providers to understand transgender healthcare needs, which you can read here. Following Dr. Wittenberg’s lead, I was fortunate enough to attend an educational course focused on the physical therapy evaluation and treatment of transgender patients, and I believe it is imperative to convey how important …

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Fistula: The other F Word

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Image by: erpete By: Kim Buonomo When I was asked to write a blog article, I wasn’t sure what topic I should write about. I read a lot of our previous articles for inspiration and realized a couple things: 1) The women who work here really know their stuff about the pelvic floor; and 2) No one has written an …

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Mindfulness Meditation: Is it actually effective for treating chronic pain?

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  By Elizabeth Akincilar   Mindfulness meditation. Even if you’re not exactly sure what it is, I’m going to bet you’ve heard of it. It has gotten a lot of attention recently. It’s everywhere. It’s not like the mediation of 20 years ago. Back then meditation was considered “alternative” or  “fringe” that few people practiced, especially in western countries. Now, …

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Sex Therapy and CBT for Pain with Sex

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  By Nicole Davis   In 2012, The Journal of Sexual Medicine published an article, What we don’t talk about when we don’t talk about sex: results of a national survey of U.S. obstetrician/gynecologists. The results from the survey revealed that though Ob/gyns routinely (63%) assess their patients’ sexual activities, only 40% of them ask their female patients about sexual …

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: what everyone needs to know

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  By: Malinda Marshall   Do you know what the most common cause of female infertility is? Polycystic ovary syndrome, also known as PCOS. It is estimated that 15-20% of women will be diagnosed with PCOS at some point in their lives.1 It is the most common endocrine (hormone) disorder for women of reproductive age.2 Approximately 90-95% of women with anovulation …

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The Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center Turns 12!

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  By: Stephanie Prendergast   On July 17th, 2006,  Liz and Stephanie opened the doors to the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center in San Francisco. Their mission was to improve the quality of life of their patients and to contribute to the dynamic growth of their employees and students.  They aspired to educate the community and medical professionals about pelvic …

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Your Vagina Is Cleaner Than You Think

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Photo courtesy of: Scrubbing Bubbles   By: Sigourney Cross   I love taking bubble baths. I use my scented body wash and a loofah down there. Sometimes I wipe so hard I bleed a little bit. I always use scented wet wipes to stay fresh. I wear thongs under my yoga pants. I use a daily scented panty liner just in …

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What is Red Cord Physical Therapy?

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  By Sarah Court, PT, DPT, e-RYT   Traditionally, the thinking around how to approach low back and pelvic girdle pain has had a singular approach: find the ‘tight’ muscle and stretch it, and then find the ‘weak’ muscle and make it stronger.   While it’s true that muscular tone imbalances can and do create the kind of postural disequilibrium …