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Sleep Hygiene: The Do's and Don'ts to Maximize Your Rest
By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   Getting enough restful sleep is paramount for a healthy body. The benefits are too many to name here. It can be a challenge to get a good night’s rest for many people. Here are some basic tips to improve the quality of your sleep!   Stay away from screens before bedtime. Keep the lights low in your bedroom and bathroom as you prepare for bed. Be sure to keep the temperature in your bedroom not too hot or too cold. For less interrupted sleep, keep your fur babies in their
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Ilioinguinal Neuralgia: Causes and Treatment
By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   Ilioinguinal neuralgia is typically caused by a surgical procedure or an inguinal hernia.   A hernia is when tissue pooches through the abdominal wall due to a weak point in the abdomen. An inguinal hernia, which is a hernia in the inguinal canal, can put pressure on the ilioinguinal nerve, causing neuralgia, as it pushes through the inguinal canal.   The surgical repair of a inguinal hernia that utilizes mesh can also compromise the ilioinguinal nerve by entrapment of the nerve in the mesh product.   The sutures at the
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2023: Year of the Rabbit, A (2022) Year in Review
By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   Welcome 2023, goodbye 2022! It’s been another year full of changes for Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center. With the start of the new year, we would like to acknowledge all of the changes that have occurred both virtually and in person.   Last year….. PHRC Pasadena opened in January 2022, bringing the number of PHRC locations to 10! PHRC Encinitas expanded into a new location in March 2022! We welcomed many new faces to the PHRC team! Kristen Corsaro, DPT – Westlake Village Amanda Stuart, PT, DPT – Los Angeles,
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How Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy can help with Low Anterior Resection Surgery?
By Lauren Opatrny, PT, DPT San Francisco, CA   What is Low Anterior Resection Surgery?  Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States (1), and low anterior resection (LAR) is the preferred surgical treatment for rectal cancer. During this procedure, the part of the rectum with cancer will be removed, and the remaining part of the rectum will be reconnected to the colon(2). This reconnection of the remaining rectum to the colon is referred to as an anastomosis. In order to allow the anastomosis to heal, most patients will receive a temporary ileostomy. This
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Latchkey Incontinence; Why Does it Happen? Part 2
By Molly Bachmann PT, DPT, Birth Doula, PHRC San Francisco    How does your brain know when it is time to empty the bladder? As the bladder begins to fill with liquid, receptors within the walls of the bladder perceive stretch. When the receptors perceive that the bladder is full with about two cups of fluid, the detrusor muscle (the bladder muscle) squeezes a little and a signal is sent to the brain saying "Hey over there! It's time to walk to the bathroom!" When you sit or stand at the toilet, the detrusor muscle squeezes and the pelvic floor
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Latchkey Incontinence; What is It and How Does PFPT Help? Part 1
By Molly Bachmann PT, DPT, Birth Doula, PHRC San Francisco, CA   Have you ever pulled into the driveway after a long day and suddenly had the urge to urinate? Like Five-Alarm Bell, clear the driveway sprinting to the bathroom to make it in time? You are not alone! You might have even heard of this term before, Latchkey incontinence. This is a type of urge incontinence that often occurs with specific triggers like: opening the door to your home hearing the sound of water running stepping into the shower the sound of rain   It is often called “overactive
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