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Mechanistic Interplay among Peripheral, Spinal and Brain Adaptions to Chronic Visceral Pain

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Britt Van Hees2 Comments

  By Britt Van Hees   For those of you following our journey through the 3rd World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain (#WCAPP17), here is another light-bulb lecture explaining the interconnections of chronic visceral pain. The presenter, Melissa A. Farmer, PhD, is a researcher at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University with a long-standing relationship with the …

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Autonomic Dysregulation in Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Melinda FontaineLeave a Comment

  By Melinda Fontaine     At the 3rd World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain organized by the International Pelvic Pain Society, Professor Qasim Aziz spoke about Autonomic Dysregulation in Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. Qasim Aziz, MBBS, FRCP, PhD is Professor of Neurogastroenterology at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary, University of London. Professor …

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The Peripheral Nervous System, Interstitial Cystitis, and Pelvic Pain

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Katie Hunter5 Comments

  By Katie Hunter   I had the pleasure of attending Dr. Kenneth Peters’ lecture on the role of the Peripheral Nervous System(PNS) in the development and management of pelvic pain. Kenneth Peters, MD is a urologist practicing at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oaks, MI, who specializes in treating complex pelvic pain including interstitial cystitis. For more information on Dr. …

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This is Us: a look inside PHRC

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Stephanie Prendergast2 Comments

  By Stephanie Prendergast   January is often the time to reflect on the past year and set goals for the future. So, in that spirit, we thought it would be fun to dedicate this post to a few top Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center events of 2017….and a peak forward to 2018. In no particular order, here’s what happened …

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Positive Affect Helps Mitigate Chronic Pain: Building a Positive Piggy Bank

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  By Nicole Davis   Many patients find that managing chronic pelvic pain conditions can sometimes be difficult. Oftentimes there is no one “thing” or pathology that symptoms can be tied to which, understandingly, can be frustrating or overwhelming. More accurately, chronic pelvic pain is a complex interaction of both physiological and psychosocial components. It is not only the body …

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Urologic Chronic Pelvic Pain & Manual Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Shannon PacellaLeave a Comment

  By Shannon Pacella   While attending the 3rd World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain organized by the International Pelvic Pain Society, I had the privilege of listening to Rhonda K. Kotarinos, DPT, MS give a lecture on the topic of urologic chronic pelvic pain and manual physical therapy. Rhonda K. Kotarinos, DPT, MS is a Doctor of Physical …

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Autonomic Features of Chronic Pelvic Pain

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer5 Comments

  By Elizabeth Akincilar   Understanding and effectively treating chronic pain continues to challenge the medical community. Now more than ever, there is a sense of urgency to treat this disease. With the astounding reports of opiate addiction and opiate related deaths in this country, we now know that throwing drugs at chronic pain is not the answer. So what …

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Endometriosis: Beyond the lesions

In Endometriosis by Jandra Mueller2 Comments

  By Jandra Mueller   In our second post of our series covering the Third World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain, I will cover the lecture titled Endometriosis-associated pain, why should we consider the central nervous system? If you missed our first post, click here.     This year at the annual meeting of the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS) …

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3rd World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain Pain Updates, Part I

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast1 Comment

  By Stephanie Prendergast   Last month, pelvic pain enthusiasts traveled from all over the globe to attend the 3rd World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain in Washington, DC. The World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain is joint scientific meeting between the International Association for the Study of Pain Special Interest Group on Abdomino-Pelvic Pain, Convergences in pelvic-Perineal …

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Beating Interstitial Cystitis

In Female Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome, Male Interstitial Cystitis / Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome by Stephanie Prendergast4 Comments

  By Stephanie Prendergast   “Thousands of people with Interstitial Cystitis live healthy, pain-free lives and so can you.” – The Interstitial Cystitis Solution, Nicole Cozean PT, DPT, WCS   In honor of Bladder Health Month this week’s blog is dedicated to Interstitial Cystitis/ Painful Bladder Syndrome. IC/PBS is a treatable pelvic pain syndrome affecting roughly 3 million men and 9 …

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How to Stop Worrying and Obsessing About Pelvic Pain Symptoms

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Kristin Leli8 Comments

  By Lorraine Faehndrich   If you’re suffering with pelvic pain it’s very likely that you’ve spent a lot of time worrying and obsessing about your symptoms. Maybe you’ve spent hours online searching for answers, reading stories of others’ experiences with pelvic pain, or participating in “support” groups that leave you even more stressed, worried and fearful than you already …

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How Diane beat Vulvodynia

In Vulvodynia by Erika Toronto1 Comment

  By Diane   I suffered with pelvic pain for years. I want to share my story, so others won’t have to suffer needlessly.   It started in February 2009 when I tried having sex with my boyfriend. Intercourse was extremely painful, and each time, my perineum tore a bit. I’d be sore for days afterward. Eventually I’d heal, but …

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Solving Female Sexual Dysfunction

In Female Pelvic Pain by Kristin Leli2 Comments

  By: Dr. Lisa Valle   What if the cure for adding more luster to your life is a fulfilling, sex life?  But what happens when a woman feels distress about her sex life? Or she experiences sexual pain? Is there anything that she can do about it?   The answer is an emphatic yes!     There is an …

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Tips for Coping With Persistent Pelvic Pain

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Erika Toronto2 Comments

  By Jessica Newman, LMHC   Living with persistent pelvic pain is, by definition, painful physically. What can be hard to talk about (especially for folks with pelvic pain) is just how emotionally distressing the pain is. And because the mind and body are a functional whole (think: a Mobius strip) emotional distress can trigger or amplify physical pain and …

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Posture and the Pelvis: Part Deux

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Britt Van Hees3 Comments

  By Britt Van Hees   “Share the load” – Samwise Gamgee “It’s all about the base ” – Meghan Trainor “Drop it like it’s hot” – Snoop Dogg   Some different quotes from last time, but after reading today’s post you’ll understand how Samwise, Ms. Trainor and Dr. Dogg are all talking about posture and the pelvis, and they didn’t …

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Foul! What the Media Got Wrong about Women’s Health!

In Female Pelvic Pain by Rachel GelmanLeave a Comment

  By Rachel Gelman   Over the last year, the media has come under increasing scrutiny: visit almost any website, and you’ll see that the terms “fake news” and “alternative facts” have taken over the headlines and the comments section. Now, I love the people who produce  pieces that aim to educate the community, especially when the subject is women’s …

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How Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Helps Fecal Incontinence

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  By Nicole Davis   Loss of bowels can be quite alarming considering a recent systematic review revealed that nearly 7.7% of community adults, with no difference in gender, have fecal incontinence.2 Fecal incontinence is defined as an uncontrolled loss of stool and can have significant implications on one’s physical and psychological well being. It is associated with social isolation, anxiety, …

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C-section Scar Problems and Solutions from a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Shannon Pacella4 Comments

  By Shannon Pacella   If you’re reading this, you probably know what a Cesarean birth (C-section) is,* but what you may not know is what to do once you have had one. Most women post C-section are not given much information regarding their healing incision, except to “keep it clean in order to prevent infection.”   *A Cesarean birth …

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Pelvic Pain and Childbirth. Dr. Mark Conway tells us what we need to know.

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer1 Comment

  By Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer   As we learned in a recent previous post by Stephanie Prendergast, the vast majority of women are not well informed when it comes to their pelvic floor, pregnancy and childbirth. In fact, 93% of women felt like they were insufficiently informed about their pelvic health! Unlike the rest of the population, many of our patients …

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More Than The Baby Blues?

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Melinda FontaineLeave a Comment

  By Melinda Fontaine   The majority of women experience some emotional fluctuations known as the Baby Blues in the first three weeks after they give birth, and it is natural. A smaller, but still significant percentage of women will experience Perinatal Mood and/or Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) before or after giving birth. There is a pressure for moms to feel …