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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}

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Stephanie PrendergastLeave a Comment

“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 …

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PT TV: Liz Talks Pain and the Brain, Kegels and a Multidisciplinary Approach {VIDEO}

In Uncategorized by Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer3 Comments

PHRC’s approach to treating pelvic pain. Exciting new treatment methods for overcoming central sensitization. And why kegels are no good for a tight pelvic floor. These are among the topics Liz weighs in on during an interview with PT TV, a series of video chats produced by Therapydia.com. In the segment titled “Treating Chronic Pelvic Pain,” Liz chatted with Park …

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Lorimer Moseley: Why He Did It in a Dress

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Lorimer Moseley is a brilliant clinical and research physiotherapist, an expert communicator, teacher, and writer…and he doesn’t look half bad in a dress. How do I know this odd fact about the Australian pain guru? I know it because he delivered his Sunday morning lecture at last weekend’s IPPS Conference in Chicago sporting a smart, little, blue and white plaid …

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Must-read Nuggets from the 2012 Annual IPPS Meeting

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and Rummer1 Comment

This year’s annual International Pelvic Pain Society meeting wrapped up this past Sunday, and our team at PHRC is thrilled to begin sharing all of the exciting and thought-provoking information we took home with us. In the coming weeks we’ll be doing just that right here on our blog. In the meantime, here are a few nuggets from the lineup …

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2012 IPPS Annual Fall Meeting Kicks Off

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CHICAGO – Today officially kicked off the 2012 Annual Meeting of the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS). The conference is being held at the historic Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. The IPPS is an organization I’ve been proud to be a member of during my career treating pelvic pain. This year I had the privilege of serving as the scientific …

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Q&A: Post-Op Pelvic Pain, Kegels for Erectile Dysfunction, Scar Tissue and More

In Female Pelvic Pain, Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and RummerLeave a Comment

As the blog grows, we continue to get important questions from our readers. In this blog post, we’re going to tackle a handful of the recent questions that have come our way. If you have a question of your own, please take the opportunity to post it in the “comments” section of this blog. Pelvic Floor Relaxation: Beyond the Drop …

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Find IC/Bladder Pain Support

In Stress Urinary Incontinence by Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and Rummer1 Comment

In the coming months we plan to cover issues related to IC/bladder pain on this blog. In the meantime,  we wanted to call your attention to a great resource for those struggling to find support for and gather information about this often complex pelvic pain-related issue. The IC/Bladder Pain Network, provides support for millions of men and women around the …

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How do I Find a Pelvic Floor PT?

In Uncategorized by Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer261 Comments

One of the biggest challenges for pelvic pain patients is finding the right physical therapist. A variety of issues are behind this difficulty. First, the supply of PTs qualified to treat pelvic pain does not meet the patient demand. A major reason for this is that pelvic floor PT is not part of the current PT school curriculum. So, PTs …

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Pelvic Floor Rehab: It’s Time to Treat New Moms Right

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Stephanie Prendergast167 Comments

After her first pregnancy, Angela gave birth to a beautiful 7 lb, 3 oz, baby girl. More than six months after leaving the hospital, baby was healthy and thriving, however, the same couldn’t be said for Mom. Mentally, she was full of joy over being a mom, but physically…well, physically, she just didn’t feel right. For one thing, every time …

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Why Kegels are Bad for your Tight Pelvic Floor

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer112 Comments

Note to Readers: Yesterday we posted a blog summarizing an article titled “Stop Doing Kegels: Real Pelvic Floor Advice for Women (and Men)” written by Nicole Crawford and published on BreakingMuscle.com. There was some confusion that resulted from the post about when kegels are and are not appropriate. The article advises that women (and men) should never do kegels. I …

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Pelvic Pain Trigger Points Explained

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast136 Comments

If you have pelvic pain, chances are you have trigger points somewhere within or adjacent to your pelvic floor muscles. Indeed, trigger points are a key factor in many pelvic pain syndromes. For that reason, I’m dedicating this week’s blog post to them. I’ll begin with an overall explanation of what they are. Then, I’ll explore the part they play …

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Case Study: PT for a Vulvodynia Diagnosis

In Female Pelvic Pain, Vulvodynia by Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and Rummer2 Comments

Over the years we’ve treated a wide variety of pelvic floor syndromes at PHRC, and one of the things we’ve learned is that every case is different. Therefore, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all treatment plan. We hope that our new “Case Study” section will help to drive this important reality home. Every couple of months we will …

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Q&A: Pelvic Floor Drops, Weak and Tight Muscles, Tilted Pelvis and More

In Stress Urinary Incontinence by Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and Rummer91 Comments

Since launching the blog, we have received many questions from readers. In this post, we’re going to tackle a handful of them. If you have a question of your own, please take the opportunity to post it in the “comments” section of this blog. Stop UTIs from Impeding PT Progress Dear Stephanie and Liz, I have PFD and am currently …

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Male Pelvic Pain: It’s Time to Treat Men Right

In Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and Rummer305 Comments

Tony is one of those people who seem superhuman. In his early 30s, he’s lean and athletic. When he isn’t chasing after one of his three young children or helping to run a successful family business, you can find him surfing, hunting, snowboarding, golfing, swimming, or playing basketball. It’s hard to believe that at one time, this guy who has …

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PT for Pelvic Girdle Pain during Pregnancy

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Stephanie Prendergast34 Comments

One of the issues we treat regularly at our clinics is prenatal and postnatal pain. Although discomfort or pain during and after pregnancy is an extremely common problem, like other pelvic pain syndromes, it’s often mistreated, misunderstood, or ignored by the medical community. So you can imagine my delight when I came across an article this month on the topic …