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We’ve Got Your Back!

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By Karah Charette, DPT 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 advanced …

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Behind the Mask: Perspective in the time of COVID

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By Kim Buonomo, DPT, PHRC Lexington We are all getting used to a new idea of normal since COVID-19 became more prevalent. Over the past few months, I’ve noticed a few things that I wanted to share. We are doing our parts at PHRC to stay safe and protect ourselves and each other by wearing masks. Below I share some …

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Before signing up for that virtual exercise class – are you ready?

In pelvic floor yoga and pilates by Karah Charette2 Comments

By Karah Charette, DPT, PHRC Berkeley, Certified Yoga and Pilates Instructor What I love most about being a pelvic floor physical therapist is that the ultimate goal is to empower our patients to participate in their own journey of healing. This is what allows for the hopeful and eventual progression towards independence. However, once someone has reached that point, the …

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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 Morgan ConnerLeave 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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Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth: Overview and Updates

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By Jandra Mueller, DPT, MS SIBO, aka small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, is bacteria that is an overgrowth of the normal bacteria in your small intestine.  In today’s blog I want to provide some more education about SIBO, how we get it, test for it, treat it, and how it has made its way into pelvic health concerns as well as …

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What is Mindfulness and How Can it Help Pelvic Pain?

In Pelvic Pain by Shannon Pacella2 Comments

By Shannon Pacella, DPT, PHRC Lexington If you’ve been a patient of mine, you probably remember me talking about the mind-body connection. This is especially important when it comes to pelvic pain and pelvic floor dysfunction. The pelvic floor muscles are innervated by the pudendal nerve which contains both motor and autonomic nerve fibers. Most other skeletal muscles (like your …

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A Polyvagal Map to Pelvic Health

In Pelvic Health by Maryssa Steffen4 Comments

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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The DUTCH Test: a new approach to hormone testing

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By Jandra Mueller, DPT, MS, PHRC Encinitas The DUTCH test is a newer technology created by Mark Newman, MS. He has spent many years with various labs specifically on developing and testing hormones until he created his own lab, Precision Analytical Inc. and the DUTCH test is his flagship product. The name stands for Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones. …

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Health Disparities in the LGBTQ Community

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By Elizabeth Akincilar As a once long time resident of San Francisco, June was always one of my favorite months of the year. “June Gloom”; many coastal Californians often refer to it for its frequent foggy weather and consider it one of the worst months of the year. Yes, even with its foggy weather, I still looked forward to June …

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Racial Disparity in Healthcare

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By Elizabeth Akincilar, PHRC Cofounder The last several months have undoubtedly tested the resilience of the world. The coronavirus has caused severe economic hardship, serious emotional and psychological stress, and most importantly, and devastatingly, significant loss of life. In addition to the seemingly endless challenges caused by the pandemic, in May, all within roughly one week, our country witnessed the …

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One-on-One Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Mentoring is now LIVE!

In Pelvic floor physical therapy continuing education, pelvic floor physical therapy mentoring by Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer4 Comments

By  PHRC Cofounder Liz Akincilar We are thrilled to report that after introducing our Online Clinical and Business One-on-One Mentoring Program a few weeks ago, the response was overwhelmingly positive! Stephanie and I were very excited to begin to offer these services, as educating the professional community is so important to us, but we weren’t quite sure how excited the …

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Urination Nation: How Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Eliminates Urinary Incontinence

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By Kim Buonomo We often see patients who report urinary incontinence as a symptom of their pelvic floor dysfunction. Incontinence is defined as the lack of voluntary control over one’s urination or defecation. Sometimes this is not the reason they seek treatment, but rather a secondary finding. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard something along the lines …

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PHRC is Offering Online Mentoring and Pelvic Floor Continuing Education!

In Pelvic floor physical therapy continuing education by Stephanie Prendergast4 Comments

By Stephanie Prendergast As the COVID-19 pandemic continues we are adjusting to the new normal here at PHRC. Our business has been significantly affected, with many of our offices being totally closed for weeks or months. We are slowly reopening carefully and in accordance with the CDC guidelines. We launched a digital health program for patients and are happy to …