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6 Unexpected Reasons to See a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist

In Bladder Dysfunction, Bowel Dysfunction, Interstitial Cystitis, LGBQT Healthcare Rights, Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy, Pelvic Health, Pregnancy/Postpartum by Stephanie Prendergast

By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Pasadena   Urinary leaking during sneezing and coughing is common. Constipation affects millions of people. Irritative bladder symptoms plague women at multiple points in their life for a number of reasons, and bother men too. If one stops to think about orthopedic surgeries for broken ankles and shoulder dysfunction, why isn’t pelvic floor physical …

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Recognizing Pelvic Pain Awareness Month

In Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast

Recognizing Pelvic Pain Awareness Month By PHRC TEAM May is recognized worldwide as Pelvic Pain Awareness Month, an observance that aims to raise awareness about pelvic pain and encourage education, research, and advocacy. Despite the prevalence of this condition, it often remains underdiagnosed and undertreated due to lack of awareness and understanding. The entire team at the Pelvic Health and …

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Stephanie Prendergast is accepting new patients in Pasadena!

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By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles Dear Patients and Colleagues, Change is a constant part of life, and after ten rewarding years in West LA I have made the decision to transition to PHRC’s Pasadena location. I started to fall in love with Pasadena when I opened this location in 2022, though I never imagined we would move …

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The Link Between Pelvic Floor Muscles and Sexual Satisfaction

In Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy by Emily Tran

By PHRC Admin The human body is an intricate masterpiece, and within its depths lies a source of immense pleasure and connection: the pelvic floor muscles. Often overlooked or underestimated, these muscles play a vital role in sexual arousal and orgasm. In this blog post, we will explore the wonders of the pelvic floor muscles and how understanding and harnessing …

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Understanding Chronic Pain: A Journey Through Unseen Struggles

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By PHRC Admin In a world where we’re accustomed to physical discomfort being temporary, it’s hard to imagine what living with chronic pain feels like. It’s not just an ongoing ache or discomfort. It’s a complex, multifaceted experience that can seep into every aspect of life, making even the simplest tasks daunting. Explaining chronic pain to someone who hasn’t experienced …

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Everyday Activities Supported by Pelvic Floor Muscles

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The Unsung Heroes: Everyday Activities Supported by Pelvic Floor Muscles By PHRC Admin   While often overlooked, the pelvic floor muscles are unsung heroes that play a vital role in supporting everyday activities. These muscles, located at the base of the pelvis, provide structural support to our internal organs and facilitate essential functions. In this blog post, we will explore …

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As The Pelvis Turns: Top Blogs of 2023

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By PHRC Admin Team   As we find ourselves on the cusp of a new year, it’s time to take a nostalgic walk down memory lane and revisit the top blogs of 2023. This year has been a rollercoaster ride, filled with insightful discussions, enlightening discoveries, and inspiring stories from all across the globe. So, let’s wrap up the year …

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Demystifying Pelvic Floor Disorders

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By PHRC Admin     Pelvic floor disorders are a group of medical conditions that affect millions worldwide. Despite their prevalence, these disorders often remain undiagnosed and untreated due to lack of awareness and social stigma. In this blog post, we will summarize key information from an article by Today’s Woman that our cofounder, Stephanie Prendergast was interviewed for. We …

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Tarlov Cysts: Everything You Need to Know

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   What are Tarlov Cysts? Tarlov cysts (a.k.a. perineural cysts) are cerebrospinal fluid-filled sacs found near the nerve roots at the lower end of the spinal canal, most commonly in the sacral spine area (the lower back and tailbone).    While it is not known exactly what causes these cysts, they have …

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Why Everyone In Menopause Deserves Pelvic Floor PT

In Menopause/Perimenopause, Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy, Pelvic Health by Stephanie Prendergast4 Comments

By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles Our muscles are hormonally sensitive structures and weaken over time as we experience hormonal decline. In addition, the prevalence of pelvic floor dysfunction rises and the combination of these two scenarios can cause people a fair amount of grief. A recent study showed 95.3% of people with lumbopelvic pain also had …

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Embracing Sexual Health Awareness: Chronic Pain & Intimacy

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By Emily Tran, PHRC Westlake Village   September marks Sexual Health Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the importance of sexual health and well-being. One often overlooked aspect of sexual health is the impact of chronic pain on intimacy. Millions of people worldwide suffer from chronic pain, and it can significantly affect their relationships and sex lives. In …

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Misconceptions About Pelvic Health And The Truth About Them

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By Emily Tran, PHRC Westlake Village   When it comes to overall health, there is one area that is often overlooked or under-discussed: pelvic health. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the importance of taking care of their pelvic floor muscles, and they pay little attention to the myriad of issues that can arise from poor pelvic health. To help …

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Trauma-Informed Care Approaches for a Pelvic Floor PT

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By admin   According to the Center for Health Care Strategies, “a trauma-informed approach to care acknowledges that health care organizations and care teams need to have a complete picture of a patient’s life situation — past and present — in order to provide effective health care services with a healing orientation.” In the image we have listed a few …

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The Jaw and Foot: Connections to the Pelvic Floor

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  Did you know that your foot can affect your pelvic floor? Foot and ankle positioning has an effect on the pelvic floor by influencing changes in muscle activation up the legs ultimately resulting in changes with pelvic tilt positioning.  There are biomechanical changes from the ground up.  The connection in brain mapping of motor and sensation- the genitals and …

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Biomechanical Evaluation for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction & PF Functions

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   To start, there are various functions we can thank our pelvic floor, but let’s get into the MAIN functions: Part of core muscles The pelvic floor supports your core muscles: transversus abdominis, rectus abdominis, and the external oblique muscles. The PFM tends to act reflexively when we’re using our core …

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Navigating Mental Health: Strategies for Managing Your Mental Well-Being

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By Emily Tran, PHRC Admin, Westlake Village   Pelvic pain can be a source of significant stress and anxiety for individuals. Living with chronic pelvic pain can often lead to feelings of hopelessness, sadness, and even depression. It’s important to recognize the impact pelvic pain can have on mental health. Here are a few ways mental health can affect pelvic …

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Iliopsoas Dysfunction: Anatomy, Symptoms and Treatments

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles and Elizabeth Akincilar, MSPT, Cofounder, PHRC Merrimack   Optimal pelvic health and biomechanics involves the iliopsoas muscle. When this muscle is not functioning properly pelvic, hip and and back pain can become a problem. The psoas muscle portion originates from T12/L1. It is a powerful hip flexor and it helps to …

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The Right Way To Poop and Improve Bowel Movements

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, DPT, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month, so we felt it was most appropriate to discuss bowel mechanisms and the ‘right way’ to poop.   According to a study by Shahid (et al in 2012), “constipation affects up to 28% of Americans.” More Americans suffer from constipation than die …