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Embracing IBS Awareness Month: A Pelvic Floor PT Perspective

In Bowel Dysfunction, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Pelvic Health by Emily TranLeave a Comment

By PHRC Admin Every April, the world recognizes Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month. This global healthcare event aims to shine a spotlight on this common but often misunderstood condition. As pelvic floor physical therapists, understanding the intricate relationship between IBS and pelvic health is crucial.   What is IBS? Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects …

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Integrative Health & Nutrition Services Now Offered Virtually Through PHRC!

In Digital Health by Jandra Mueller5 Comments

By Jandra Mueller, DPT, MS, PHRC Encinitas I’m Jandra, and I am a pelvic floor physical therapist here at PHRC, and the Director of PHRC Encinitas. I am very excited to announce that I have just completed my Master of Science degree in Integrative Health and Nutrition from Maryland University of Integrative Health.  A little about me: a few years …

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Alternative Treatments for IBS: Can Hypnosis Help Heal Your Gut?

In Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy by pelv_admin2 Comments

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is considered a functional gastrointestinal disorder. The Rome Foundation defines IBS as when a person has chronic abdominal pain at least one day per week in the last three months combined with at least two of the following: abdominal pain related to having a bowel movement; abdominal pain onset is associated with change in stool frequency; …

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Autonomic Dysregulation in Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders

In Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy by Melinda FontaineLeave a Comment

  By Melinda Fontaine, DPT, Walnut Creek     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 …

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THINKING OUTSIDE THE GUT: Could Endometriosis be the culprit behind your Constipation or Bloating?

In Endometriosis by Stephanie Prendergast1 Comment

By Iris Kerin Orbuch, MD   Did you know that Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms are as common as gynecological symptoms in women with endometriosis? Do you suffer from bloating and/or constipation? Endometriosis may be the cause of your bloating and/or constipation. Over 90% of women diagnosed with endometriosis actually present with GI symptoms as their initial symptoms. Before we delve into why …

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The Brain Below: The Role Your Gut May Play in Pelvic Pain

In Interstitial Cystitis by Elizabeth Akincilar5 Comments

  By Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer, MSPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   When is the last time you heard a little voice inside you that tried to give you advice or warn you of danger? Some describe it as ‘butterflies,’ others a ‘gut feeling.’ That feeling can be attributed to the extremely extensive network of over 100 million neurons that make up …

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What’s The ‘Right’ Way To Poop?

In Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy by Stephanie Prendergast2 Comments

      From NPR1 to Men’s Health 2, the right way to poop has become an increasingly hot topic for discussion. In fact “Put Your Constipation Woes Behind You,”  is consistently our highest ranking blog every week. Oh, and if you haven’t seen the knight and unicorn bestowing the benefits of the squatty potty3, go watch it now! So,  why is poop such …

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Dairy and Pelvic Pain

In Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy by Stephanie Prendergast1 Comment

By guest blogger Jordan Hoffman  Stephanie here: In the late summer and early fall of last year I began experiencing increasingly painful periods. I was bleeding very heavily, taking up to 12 Advil per day without relief, and was very concerned about what was happening in my reproductive tract. Our LA clinic opened in May and therefore I didn’t have a …