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More on Mindfulness for Pelvic Pain Relief
By Shannon Pacella, DPT,  PHRC Lexington   What comes to your mind when you think about the word mindfulness? Perhaps a sense of calmness. Maybe serenity or focus or peacefulness. All of these would apply. Or maybe you have no idea what mindfulness is; if that is the case then check out this blog post first: What is Mindfulness and How Can it Help Pelvic Pain.   Don't let any preconceived notions about mindfulness scare you from learning about it and even practicing it. Mindfulness is quite simple: it is the act of concentrating your breathing and being aware of
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Treating the Whole Person: Trauma-Informed Care Part 2
By Jillian Giannini, DPT, PHRC Westlake Village Just like it was discussed in our previous post  it is not within the scope of practice for a physical therapist to treat trauma; however, educating yourself on ways to implement trauma-informed care can help you to provide a safe and conducive environment for a patient’s path to healing.    In a 2018 cross-sectional study by M. Bruce et. al, they looked at the “attitudes, knowledge, perceived competence, and practice of trauma-informed care (TIC) among providers” through an anonymous web-based survey. The providers consisted of nurses, physicians, therapists (occupational, physical, and respiratory) that
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Treating the Whole Person: Trauma-Informed Care Part 1
By Jillian Giannini, DPT, PHRC Westlake Village Whether you are a clinician, a patient, or someone who wants to learn more about the concept of trauma, learning more about trauma can be beneficial for your life and for others that you encounter in your life. Trauma often plays a role in our lives, even if we are not fully aware of how. However, not everyone is currently equipped to engage in conversations about trauma, which often includes acknowledging their own experiences with trauma. If you are reading this and notice unpleasant feelings, please feel free to not continue reading; there
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We've Got Your Back!
By Karah Charette, DPT, PHRC Berkeley People with pelvic floor symptoms often ask if their back and hip pain is related to their pelvic floor dysfunction. The answer a majority of the time is an unequivocal YES! Pelvic floor physical therapists are first and foremost physical therapists- meaning we can and do work with the whole body! We start with advanced training in pelvic floor mechanics after evaluating the pelvic floor muscles and the pelvic girdle. However, we also evaluate the low back and lower extremities to achieve a truly holistic approach to your pain. Low Back Pain With the
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Behind the Mask: Perspective in the time of COVID
By Kim Buonomo, DPT, PHRC Lexington We are all getting used to a new idea of normal since COVID-19 became more prevalent. Over the past few months, I’ve noticed a few things that I wanted to share. We are doing our parts at PHRC to stay safe and protect ourselves and each other by wearing masks. Below I share some tips!   Don’t clench your jaw I’ve noticed that when I’m in a mask, I’m a little more stressed. I tend to find that I’m breathing through my nose the majority of the time and trying to keep my mouth
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Before signing up for that virtual exercise class - are you ready?
By Karah Charette, DPT, PHRC Berkeley, Certified Yoga and Pilates Instructor What I love most about being a pelvic floor physical therapist is that the ultimate goal is to empower our patients to participate in their own journey of healing. This is what allows for the hopeful and eventual progression towards independence. However, once someone has reached that point, the next step is not always as clear. Do you join that advanced yoga class you’ve always had your eye on? Do you explore the endless options of classes online? How do you make the decision that is safe and right
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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.

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