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Everyday Activities Supported by Pelvic Floor Muscles

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The Unsung Heroes: Everyday Activities Supported by Pelvic Floor Muscles By PHRC Admin   While often overlooked, the pelvic floor muscles are unsung heroes that play a vital role in supporting everyday activities. These muscles, located at the base of the pelvis, provide structural support to our internal organs and facilitate essential functions. In this blog post, we will explore …

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What to Expect at a Prepartum/Postpartum Evaluation

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles During prepartum/postpartum evaluations, a physical therapist will take an extensive medical history. Following the history, the PT will perform a thorough external and internal musculoskeletal exam.   Your evaluation should include: Musculoskeletal: An assessment of structure, muscles, tissue, joints and manual evaluation of the pelvic floor muscles. We can identify problematic …

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Common Prepartum Symptoms and Their Treatments

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By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   If you are expecting, plan to be in the future or know someone that is, here are some common Prepartum symptoms! Low back pain- Foot and back pain are due to hormonal and musculoskeletal changes. Studies have shown that 40% to 60% of women will experience back pain during pregnancy and …

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Diastasis Recti: Causes and Treatment

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles Diastasis recti can be caused by various reasons, some of which can affect one person more than the next. The integrity of our connective tissue is genetic. However, external factors also play a role in who may develop a DR. It is important to note a few things about each cause: …

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Postpartum Urinary Incontinence is Common: Here’s How We Can Help

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By Lauren Opatrny, PT, DPT, PHRC Berkeley & San Francisco *all names have been changed to maintain patient privacy   Background   Rachel* is a 32 year old experiencing urinary incontinence after giving birth to her baby in December 2020. When she was eight months postpartum and still experiencing incontinence, her doctor referred her to pelvic physical therapy. Six weeks …

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Pregnancy Awareness Month- Pregnancy & Postpartum Services

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, DPT, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles With May being Pregnancy Awareness Month, we wanted to share an overview of the pregnancy and postpartum services we offer here at the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center. Along with the overview we will discuss what to expect in your appointment with additional blogs, videos and general pregnancy and postpartum …

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Pelvic Health Products We Love: Part One

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By Jandra Mueller, DPT, MS, PHRC Encinitas Here at PHRC we regularly discover all sorts of new and cool products that are available for people’s pelvic health needs. I am amazed at some of the products available and that are being developed and am so thankful there are people that are creating these products because they are SOOO helpful!  Pelvic …

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The 4th Trimester: Postpartum Pelvic Pain is Common but Not Normal

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By: Courtney Edgecomb, DPT   Postpartum Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy is increasingly utilized to help new moms recover from pregnancy and delivery. Is pain normal after giving birth? Of course that is an extremely open-ended question and I would get different answers from almost every single mom (and from each of her pregnancies). But it is hard to tease out …

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

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  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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Reducing perineal trauma during labor and delivery

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By Stephanie Prendergast, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   Who doesn’t love a crowning baby cake? If our image didn’t catch your eye the title of this post probably did if you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant. Last week we presented a pelvic health quiz about the role of the pelvic floor muscles play in childbirth. This week we …

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What women do and don’t know about childbirth and their pelvic floor muscles

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By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   Recently, a number of studies were published on what women do and don’t know about their pelvic floor muscles, childbirth, and longer-term pelvic health.   How much do you actually know? Take our quiz and find out! If you do not know the answers, don’t fret. You are amongst 93% of …

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Beating the Odds: How one woman overcame a traumatic birth and had a successful second birth

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Childbirth is no picnic: 85% of women who deliver vaginally experience perineal trauma and a third of those women in the USA and UK require stitches.2 The thought of having another baby after having gone through a traumatic birth can be daunting, to say the least. Returning to sex can also seem like a feat, especially when pain is involved. …

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Painfree childbirth, peaceful labor, comfortable delivery: the practice of hypnobirthing

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Photo: David J Laporte       By Melinda Fontaine   Peaceful labor? Comfortable delivery? Calm childbirth? Do these sound like oxymorons? It’s true!   Jane was a young woman who saw a segment on TV about HypnoBirthing.  She saw pregnant women who looked like they were concentrating really hard on an abdominal workout or a challenging algebra equation.  Then …