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Hormonal Changes in Menopause and What You Can Do About It

In Female Pelvic Pain, Menopause by Rachel DaofLeave a Comment

By: Rachel Daof Los Angeles PHRC members, Stephanie Prendergast, Courtney Edgecomb, and I, Rachel Daof, went to a dinner to discuss Intrarosa with guest speaker Dr. Irwin Goldstein. One of the major points of the night was this: menopause is a chronic progressive, degenerative condition, and it does not improve without treatment. This hit home to all of the women …

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The 4th Trimester: Postpartum Pain is Common but not Normal, Part 2

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Courtney EdgecombLeave a Comment

By: Courtney Edgecomb In Part 2 of my 2-part post I will cover different therapeutic strategies for postpartum pain.  As a new mom, self-care and appropriate medical attention is critical to ensure you stay as healthy as possible for your little one. I am sure it is daunting to find time for yourself at the moment, but it will help …

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The 4th Trimester: Postpartum Pelvic Pain is Common but Not Normal

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Courtney EdgecombLeave a Comment

By: Courtney Edgecomb   Postpartum Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy is increasingly utilized to help new moms recover from pregnancy and delivery. Is pain normal after giving birth? Of course that is an extremely open-ended question and I would get different answers from almost every single mom (and from each of her pregnancies). But it is hard to tease out what …

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Sleep Is Medicine for Pelvic Pain

In Pelvic Pain by Maryssa SteffenLeave a Comment

By: Maryssa Steffen If you experience pelvic pain, are you aware of how your sleep quality may play a part?  A 2015 national poll by the National Sleep Foundation found that “64% of those suffering chronic pain, and 54% of those with acute pain, report co-occurring poor sleep quality.”1 Everyone needs seven to nine hours asleep in bed. As Matthew …

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Moisturize My Vagina?! What you need to know

In Pelvic Health by Shannon PacellaLeave a Comment

By: Shannon Pacella If you are anything like me, you most likely have a plethora of moisturizers at home (hand lotion, face lotion, body lotion, etc.), but what you probably do not have is a vaginal moisturizer. You might ask, “What is a vaginal moisturizer?” A vaginal moisturizer rehydrates dry mucosal tissue, is absorbed into the skin and adheres to …

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What to Know About Your Menstrual Cycle

In Pelvic Health by Rachel DaofLeave a Comment

By: Rachel Daof Here at PHRC we see conditions that affect that dreaded time of the month: our periods. As we have written before, conditions like endometriosis can directly affect menstruation. Other menstrual related issues include period cramps, nausea, bowel movement issues, headaches, and many other symptoms all driven by our cycle. To many of us, these are things we …

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Motor Vehicle Accidents and Pelvic Pain

In Pelvic Pain by Courtney EdgecombLeave a Comment

By: Courtney Edgecomb It’s needless to say that getting into a car accident is scary. Adding in any form of injury on top of an accident can be life-changing. I have become more cognisant of such life-changing accidents since I started my physical therapy career in Los Angeles a few years ago. A large amount of the patients I have …

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As the Bicycle Turns: Cycling and the Pelvic Floor

In Pelvic Pain by Kristin LeliLeave a Comment

By: Kim Buonomo Who doesn’t love a leisurely bike ride? People with pelvic floor dysfunction! While biking is great cardio, there are a lot of aspects that make it not very pelvic floor friendly. Most of this comes down to blood flow to the pelvic floor, which is what I want to discuss today. Anatomy Review In order to understand …

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What is the Knack and why does it work to prevent urine leakage?

In Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Urinary Incontinence by Lisa ThompsonLeave a Comment

By: Lisa Thompson, PT, DPT The saying “getting the knack of it” refers to acquiring a skill to perform a specific task. In the world of pelvic floor rehabilitation, the Knack refers to performing a pelvic floor muscle contraction prior to an increase in intra abdominal pressure. This technique is most commonly used to prevent stress urinary incontinence (SUI), such …

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Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome/Male Pelvic Pain/’Prostatitis’ Resource List

In Male Interstitial Cystitis / Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome, Male Pelvic Pain by Elizabeth Akincilar-RummerLeave a Comment

By Elizabeth Akincilar May is Pelvic Pain Awareness Month and 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 5 videos and blog posts that we hope people find useful. This …

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Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome Resource List

In Female Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome, Male Interstitial Cystitis / Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome by Melinda FontaineLeave a Comment

By Melinda Fontaine, DPT, PT May is Pelvic Pain Awareness Month and 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 5 videos and blog posts that we hope people find …

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Vulvodynia Resource List

In Female Pelvic Pain, Vulvodynia by Katie HunterLeave a Comment

By Katie Hunter, PT, DPT May is Pelvic Pain Awareness Month and 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 5 videos and blog posts that we hope people find …

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Pelvic Floor Anatomy, Physiology & Physical Therapy Resource List

In pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain by Rachel GelmanLeave a Comment

By: Rachel Gelman May is Pelvic Pain Awareness Month and 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 5 videos and blog posts that we hope people find useful. This …

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NEW COURSE: Advanced Management of Complex Pelvic Pain Syndromes

In Pelvic floor physical therapy continuing education, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast4 Comments

By: Stephanie Prendergast, MPT   After a five year break from traveling, lecturing, and teaching courses Liz and I are excited to announce that we are re-entering the classrooms! Many people who know us or follow us on social media know our work promoting pelvic floor physical therapy at medical conferences, my leadership role as the first physical therapist to …

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Can Chiropractic Care Help Pregnancy and Labor?

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Kristin LeliLeave a Comment

By: Dr. Kandyce Mutter, BScKin, DC ICPA Webster Certified There’s no question that a woman goes through tremendous changes during the nine months of pregnancy. The most obvious physical changes that are likely to affect the spine will begin to occur during the second trimester. As the uterus grows to accommodate the fetus, the lumbar curve of the spine will …

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5 Easy Exercises to Help Ease Pregnancy Aches and Pains

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Sigourney CrossLeave a Comment

By: Sigourney Cross Pelvic and low back pain during pregnancy affects up to two-thirds of women and can start anytime from the first trimester to months after giving birth.1 This is due to a couple of reasons. First, there is a change in your hormone levels. Increased levels of the hormones relaxin, estrogen and progesterone begin to loosen the ligaments …

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Nutrition During Pregnancy

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Nicole DavisLeave a Comment

We have heard the saying “you are what you eat” – all of our body’s tissues – organs, skin, muscles, fascia, etc. – and our body’s chemical messengers – hormones and neurotransmitters – are composites of what we put in our mouths. The more quality foods we allow in, the healthier our tissues. Yet in the United States, about three-fourths …

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Stress Urinary Incontinence in Athletes: Why You Leak When You Exercise

In Stress Urinary Incontinence by Lisa ThompsonLeave a Comment

By: Lis Thompson You may have heard murmurings at practice, the gym, in yoga, or maybe you’ve got your own experiences to share, of people describing incidences of urine loss while exercising. This is called Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) and is described as a loss of urine associated with a stress to the body causing increased intra-abdominal pressure, such as …

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Hunting for hernias…are they a common cause of pelvic pain in men?

In Male Pelvic Pain by Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer1 Comment

By: Elizabeth Akincilar Explaining to someone who has never heard of pelvic floor physical therapy what type of physical therapy I practice is always an interesting conversation. People usually assume certain things about my practice. Most assume I primarily treat older women with “bladder issues” and new moms. People are always surprised to find out that almost 50% of the …