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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 …

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Happy Fourth of July!

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Dear Readers, Because of the holiday we’re taking a week off from posting. But we’ll be back next week when we explore an important topic that many of you likely will relate to. The topic: What do you do when you as a pelvic pain patient know more about good pelvic pain PT than your PT does. If this is …

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Pelvic Pain in the News

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

Every couple of months, we plan to bring you a roundup of the coverage of pelvic pain in the news. Today’s post, our first roundup, contains a slew of interesting topics from the need for a greater understanding of the clitoris/brain connection to surprising news about male pelvic pain and IC to research-backed advice on pelvic floor-friendly bike riding.   …

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Dateline China: Spreading the Word about Pelvic Pain PT

In Endometriosis, Female Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast2 Comments

In this post I’m going to share an amazing experience I had in May when I traveled to China to take part in a series of lectures focused on raising awareness of pelvic pain. I made the trip with an organization called GSEPS. “GSEPS” stands for the “Globel Society for Endometriosis, Pelvic Pain, and Surgeons,” and is the brainchild of …

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How Hypnotherapy can help your Pelvic Pain

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Melinda Fontaine9 Comments

PT is at its most effective for treating pelvic pain syndromes when supplemented with other strategies. This blog post is dedicated to one such strategy: hypnotherapy. If you’re skeptical about the prospect of using hypnosis to ease your pain, I completely understand. To someone with pelvic pain, it can be difficult to hear that your mind has the capacity to …

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The Truth about Biofeedback and E-Stim

In Female Pelvic Pain, Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Male Pelvic Pain by Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer87 Comments

Many PTs use either biofeedback or e-stim as part of their protocol for treating pelvic pain. Indeed, a google search of either term will bring up a slew of pelvic floor PT websites boasting the benefits of both treatments. Meanwhile, based on feedback we’ve received from our patients and the PTs taking our class, I believe there’s a good deal …

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What is a “Good” Pelvic Pain PT Session Like?

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and Rummer151 Comments

Recently we received a question from a reader asking us to describe what a “typical good pelvic floor physical therapy session” is like. It’s a question I’m sure every pelvic pain patient prescribed PT has thought about. Currently, there is no standard of care for pelvic pain PT. So unfortunately, patients get PT ranging from good to mediocre to inadequate …

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Welcome to our Revamped Blog

In Uncategorized by Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer2 Comments

Dear Readers, Steph and I are excited to welcome you to the relaunch of our blog! I’m writing this welcome letter because Steph is in China lecturing about pelvic pain. (Steph can’t wait to write about her adventures overseas in upcoming posts!) When we first launched the blog about a year ago, it was just a place for us to …