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What is an expandable vaginal dilator? Meet Milli!
Author: Tracy MacNeal, Materna CEO   This week we are posting about the Milli, the first-ever gradually expanding dilator. Please note PHRC cofounder Stephanie Prendergast is a member of the Materna Scientific Advisory Board and PHRC is posting this blog on their behalf.   Vaginal dilators are often recommended in treatment plans for women suffering from vaginal stiffness and discomfort. Dilators can be used to improve scar tissue after childbirth, surgery, or radiotherapy. They can reduce vulvar and vaginal hypersensitivity. Dilators may help the pelvic muscles relax to a size that is functional for sexual activity, increasing the quality of
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Considerations of Musculoskeletal Harm Reduction During Labor and Birth
By Molly Bachmann PT, DPT, PHRC San Francisco When you reflect on major athletic moments or professional accomplishments in your life, you likely remember the days, weeks, months or maybe even years of training your body and mind for that event. The evaluations from medical professionals and coaches helped you identify which drills to run, what food to consume, and provided you with the motivation necessary to score that winning goal or complete that one additional pirouette that leaves the audience in “awe.” You may remember the extra course work you learned from on the side while working 40 hours
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Period Health 101: Everything You Should Have Learned in 6th Grade but Didn’t, Part 3 of 3
By Jandra Mueller, DPT, MS, PHRC Encinitas   In our third and final post of this series we share hormonal alterations that people may experience. In case you missed it, check out Period Health 101, Part One  and Period Health 101, Part Two to best understand this post!   Symptoms of Hormonal Alterations Hormonal birth control   Why should hormonal birth control not be your first option. I want to be clear, it may be a necessary tool for you, but it won’t necessarily fix what is going on and may cause additional issues.    When you are on hormonal
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Period Health 101: Everything You Should Have Learned in 6th Grade, But Didn't... Part 2 of 3
By Jandra Mueller, DPT, MS, PHRC Encinitas   In case you missed it, here is Period Health 101: Everything You Should Have Learned in 6th Grade, But Didn't, Part 1.   What are your hormones doing throughout the various phases? To understand this, refer to the chart below. It is actually helpful in understanding the hormonal shifts throughout the various phases of your cycle and how these hormonal shifts affect your body.   This chart is referring to someone with an average 28 day cycle, so if your cycle is shorter or longer, these phases will also shift. At the
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Period Health 101: Everything You Should Have Learned in 6th Grade but Didn't, Part 1 of 3
By Jandra Mueller, DPT, MS, PHRC Encinitas As menstruating people, you would think that we would understand what a period is, the purpose of it, and all of the information it can give us. Unfortunately, we do not, and this is not okay. Our periods are more than a sign we are not pregnant, more than an inconvenience, more than something we have to just deal with. Understanding what they are and why we have them can provide us with significant information about our health. As Lara Briden, ND says, “it's our monthly report card about our health.”    In
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EmBODYment
By Maryssa Steffen, DPT, PHRC Berkeley Have you ever noticed the relationship between your feelings and your bodily sensations? For example, have you ever noticed that gut-wrenching feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you know something is wrong, or you just got bad news? Or your heart rate suddenly increases when you get scared or nervous? These are symptoms that are in direct correlation to how you are feeling. The tension in the body combined with the perceived threat activates the autonomic nervous system, or your fight, flight, freeze responses. If you are unable to address
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