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Can TMS help people with Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome?
By Jason J. Kutch, PhD and Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, PHRC West Los Angeles Interstitial Cystitis/ Bladder Pain Syndrome (BPS) is a pelvic pain syndrome that is characterized by urgency/frequency and pelvic pain, affecting up to 7.9 million vagina owners and roughly 10% of penis owners in the United States. It is a clinical diagnosis, meaning that there are no diagnostic tests needed or validated to confirm or refute the presence of IC/PBS. In layman’s terms, the diagnosis is made based on symptom description.   If a diagnosis is made by symptom description alone how do we actually know the underlying
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Pudendal Neuralgia Resources [UPDATED]
By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC West Los Angeles Did you know that June is Men's Health Awareness Month? To follow up that month, we wanted to update the resources we have for Pudendal Neuralgia. Below you will find the latest and greatest information both in blog and video format! We compiled information from guest speakers, Do’s and Don'ts, yoga poses to alleviate pain and much more!    YouTube Pudendal Neuralgia 101 Tips on Managing Your Pudendal Neuralgia Symptoms  Cushion info to improve sitting comfort Pregnancy & Pudendal Neuralgia | A Conversation With Dr. Mark Conway, Gynecologist A Conversation on
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Symptoms of a Hypertonic Pelvic Floor Follow Up Q&A
By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC West Los Angeles A while back we asked you for your questions about having a hypertonic pelvic floor. This week we answer all your questions and then some!   Q- Hi! I have really tight pelvic floor muscles and pain during sex and I was wondering if you might be able to suggest any pelvic relaxation exercises please? Thank you!!   A- Please check out our Pelvic Floor Relaxation Exercises on YouTube.   Q-I have a hypertonic pelvic floor & saw someone comment “the hip pain” on your post. Mine is terrible! Could you
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Is Your Vagina Healthy? How to Tell Health from Unhealthy
By Jandra Mueller, DPT, MS, PHRC Encinitas Here is the situation, you have irritation down there, you go to your doctor, she performs her exam and tests, she swabs you, then you get the call... your cultures came back negative. Here is what your GYN may have missed. Many women experiencing pelvic pain, urinary, and sexual dysfunction often have pelvic floor dysfunction. More often than not, there is another underlying condition that may be driving their pain. If you are experiencing pain with intercourse, or pain in your vulva, your doctor may have diagnosed you with vulvodynia. If you have
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Pelvic Floor Education is Coming to Classrooms
By Stephanie A. Prendergast, DPT, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles “Girls aged 12 to 17 should be taught in school how to do pelvic floor exercises, according to new draft health guidelines.” - BBC News   For the past 21 years my career has been focused on advancing the field of pelvic health. Last week the BBC posted an article that was frankly shocking, as nothing like this has ever happened for our small little field. At first glance it discusses educating all young girls about pelvic floor muscle function, which is a huge win for the field of pelvic
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Pelvic Floor Spasm with Q&A
By Stephanie A. Prendergast, DPT, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles What is a pelvic floor spasm? It is the presence of contracted, painful muscles on palpation and elevated resting pressures by vaginal manometry. If the contraction is painful, this is usually described as a cramp. Pelvic floor myalgia (a symptom) may be present without a change in pelvic floor muscle tone (a sign).   The term ‘spasm’ when referring to pelvic floor pain is actually a misnomer. (Bear with me here!) Several years ago the International Continence Society and the International Urogynecology Association teamed up to help establish a glossary
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At its heart, Pelvic Pain Explained is the story of how patients develop pelvic pain, the challenges patients and providers face throughout the diagnosis and treatment process, the difficult task of sifting through the different available treatment options, and the impact that an “invisible” condition has on a patient’s life and relationships, and much more.