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Finding Good Pelvic Pain PT: It’s a Global Challenge

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At the First World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain in Amsterdam last month (WCAPP), I had the opportunity to gain a more vivid understanding of how pelvic pain PT is administered outside of the U.S. And what I realized is: Good pelvic pain PT is hard to find…no matter where in the world you live. In this blog post, …

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Rethinking Pelvic Pain: How “Desensitization” Fits into PT

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast9 Comments

I am dedicating this blog post to the work of Lorimer Moseley. His presence and research is revolutionizing treatment approaches to pain. Here at PHRC we are strategically and diligently working as a team innovating our treatment approach to incorporate his research. Lorimer also happens to be one of the reasons the IPPS had its most successful meeting yet back …

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What is the Patient’s Role During Pelvic Floor PT?

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We’ve talked a great deal over the past year on this blog about the PTs role in treating pelvic pain/dysfunction, now it’s time to turn the spotlight on the role of the patient in his or her treatment. This is an important post because pelvic floor PT is most successful when patients are active participants in their treatment. Period. There’s …

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Pelvic Pain around the Globe

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As I prepare to attend the First World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain this week, I am reminded that pelvic pain is a global issue that affects men and women the world over. Truth be told, however, this reality is always on my mind. Weekly, we hear from men and women in other countries seeking advice for their pelvic …

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Q&A: What could be Causing my Penile and Perineum Pain?

In Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and Rummer12 Comments

…Should I Continue with Biofeedback and E-stim? …If Kegels are bad, then what are we supposed to do for urine leakage? …Why is yoga making my pelvic pain worse? These are the reader questions we will be answering and in this Q&A blog post. So read on, and if you have any questions of your own, ask away in the …

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Our Fave Products for the Pelvic Floor Rehab Toolkit

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In this week’s post, we’re going to share the list of products that we frequently recommend to patients. Important Disclaimer: we DO NOT have any financial relationships with any of these vendors! And we DO NOT receive any compensation for our product recommendations! They’re simply tools we have found to be effective in pelvic floor rehab. The go Commandos Patch… …

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Can Yoga help my Pelvic Pain?

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Uncategorized by Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer12 Comments

Is there a role for yoga in pelvic pain healing? “Absolutely!” says Dustienne Miller, a Northern California-based pelvic floor PT who also happens to be a certified yoga instructor. I sat down with Dustienne to learn more about exactly how yoga and pelvic pain rehab go together, and in today’s post I’m going to share what I’ve uncovered. How Yoga …

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The Case of Female Pelvic Pain, Painful Sex

In Female Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast12 Comments

This week’s post is a case study of a female pelvic pain patient. Before I get into the specifics of the case, let’s first take a look at female pelvic pain by the numbers: 10% of all visits to gynecologists are due to chronic pelvic pain. 25% of women will experience chronic vulvar pain at some point in their lives. …

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Roundup: What Top Pelvic Health Bloggers are Talking About

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One of the things I love best about blogging is the opportunity it’s given me to meet and interact with other bloggers in the pelvic health universe. And to be sure, there are some real stars out there! Just in case you haven’t spotted them yet, in today’s post, we’ve corralled all of the most recent, must-read posts from our …

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Q&A: Kegel Confusion, Penile Pain, Pregnancy after PN, and More

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and Rummer11 Comments

In today’s Q&A post, we tackle some important pelvic floor issues, including whether Kegels are appropriate to do in preparation for childbirth; penile pain, and pregnancy after PN. Should I do Kegels to Prep for Childbirth? Dear Marcy, I’m 23 weeks pregnant and have been told that Kegels are absolutely beneficial. Plus, I read on Web MD that “Kegel exercises …

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How Reversing Negative Thinking can Help Pelvic Pain

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast29 Comments

By Guest Blogger Lorraine Faehndrich You may know that negative thinking is hard on your body and contributes to pain and illness. You may even have a doctor or other health care provider who recommends that you “reduce stress” and try to think more positively in order to heal your body. If so, and you’ve tried to think more positively, …

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Take a Tour of the Pelvic Floor {VIDEO}

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We talk A LOT on this blog about the pelvic floor. But lately, we’re not the only ones hanging around the pelvic floor. Today everyone seems to be going there! New moms, not-so-new moms, and Baby Boomers—two groups famous for their proactiveness, are beginning to get focused on their pelvic floor health—specifically, on matters of incontinence and prolapse. Meanwhile, health …

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Marcy on Sex and Leaking after Babies; Her Frenemy: The Kegel!; and What Actually Happens during a Pelvic Floor PT Session {VIDEO}

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Sex and leaking after childbirth. Her love/hate relationship with Kegels. The down low on how pelvic floor PT works. Urinary leakage. No topic is off limits when Marcy sits down with Steph and Lauren, the hosts of The Lady Brain Show! “We have loads of questions,” kicks off Steph. “I can’t sneeze without crossing my legs and kind of leaning …

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The Case of PT for Urge Incontinence

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At our weekly staff meetings at PHRC, us PTs take turns presenting patient case studies to our colleagues. Our M.O. in presenting these case studies is to cover each of the patient demographics we see here at the clinic: female pelvic pain; male pelvic pain, postpartum and pregnancy issues; and incontinence and prolapse. (Obviously, there is some overlap, especially with …

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Q&A: Painful Sex, the Bladder-Back Pain Connection, Male Pelvic Pain and More

In Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and Rummer2 Comments

In this, our latest Q&A post, we tackle some important pelvic floor issues, including painful sex, the connection between bladder and back pain and the proper PT for someone with prolapse and pain. Prolapse + Pelvic Pain = What kind of PT? Dear Liz, I get e-stim done, but I have both prolapse and pelvic pain/trigger points. What is the …

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Follow PHRC on Facebook

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One of our priorities is to stay on top of pelvic pain-related news and research and just general goings on in the pelvic pain arena, like this important research about delivery for women with per-existing pelvic pain! Facebook is becoming a vital tool for us to share/discuss this info with you. So if you haven’t already, please “like” our Facebook …

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How Pelvic Floor PT helps Endometriosis

In Endometriosis, Female Pelvic Pain by pelv_admin16 Comments

Endometriosis is a common contributing factor to pelvic pain. Just to give you an idea of its prevalence: in laparoscopic procedures done to uncover possible causes of pelvic pain, endometriosis was found 80% of the time. The good news is that endo-related pelvic pain can be successfully treated with the proper pelvic floor PT! But, I’m getting ahead of myself. …

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A Look Backwards at 2012!

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New Year’s is a great time to look back, take stock, and set goals for the future. So, in that spirit, we thought it would be fun to dedicate our first post of the year to a look back at 2012…and a peak forward to 2013. When we look over all that happened in 2012, we think to ourselves: Holy …

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PT TV: Stephanie Talks Pelvic Floor Rehab for New Moms {VIDEO}

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“It’s not uncommon for new moms to have problems following labor and delivery. It may feel different when they try to urinate; they may have difficulty with bowel movements; changes may occur in their sexual behavior, and about 35 percent of them will experience pelvic pain.” With this information, Stephanie kicked off the latest episode of PT TV, a series …