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Rethinking Pelvic Pain: How “Desensitization” Fits into PT

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Painby Stephanie Prendergast9 Comments

I am dedicating this blog post to the work of Lorimer Moseley. His presence and research is revolutionizing treatment approaches to pain. Here at PHRC we are strategically and diligently working as a team innovating our treatment approach to incorporate his research. Lorimer also happens to be one of the reasons the IPPS had its most successful meeting yet back …

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Can Yoga help my Pelvic Pain?

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Uncategorizedby Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer12 Comments

Is there a role for yoga in pelvic pain healing? “Absolutely!” says Dustienne Miller, a Northern California-based pelvic floor PT who also happens to be a certified yoga instructor. I sat down with Dustienne to learn more about exactly how yoga and pelvic pain rehab go together, and in today’s post I’m going to share what I’ve uncovered. How Yoga …

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The Case of Female Pelvic Pain, Painful Sex

In Female Pelvic Painby Stephanie Prendergast12 Comments

This week’s post is a case study of a female pelvic pain patient. Before I get into the specifics of the case, let’s first take a look at female pelvic pain by the numbers: 10% of all visits to gynecologists are due to chronic pelvic pain. 25% of women will experience chronic vulvar pain at some point in their lives. …

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Q&A: Kegel Confusion, Penile Pain, Pregnancy after PN, and More

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Healthby Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and Rummer11 Comments

In today’s Q&A post, we tackle some important pelvic floor issues, including whether Kegels are appropriate to do in preparation for childbirth; penile pain, and pregnancy after PN. Should I do Kegels to Prep for Childbirth? Dear Marcy, I’m 23 weeks pregnant and have been told that Kegels are absolutely beneficial. Plus, I read on Web MD that “Kegel exercises …

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How Reversing Negative Thinking can Help Pelvic Pain

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Painby Stephanie Prendergast29 Comments

By Guest Blogger Lorraine Faehndrich You may know that negative thinking is hard on your body and contributes to pain and illness. You may even have a doctor or other health care provider who recommends that you “reduce stress” and try to think more positively in order to heal your body. If so, and you’ve tried to think more positively, …

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How Pelvic Floor PT helps Endometriosis

In Endometriosis, Female Pelvic Painby pelv_admin16 Comments

Endometriosis is a common contributing factor to pelvic pain. Just to give you an idea of its prevalence: in laparoscopic procedures done to uncover possible causes of pelvic pain, endometriosis was found 80% of the time. The good news is that endo-related pelvic pain can be successfully treated with the proper pelvic floor PT! But, I’m getting ahead of myself. …

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Must-read Nuggets from the 2012 Annual IPPS Meeting

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Painby Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and Rummer1 Comment

This year’s annual International Pelvic Pain Society meeting wrapped up this past Sunday, and our team at PHRC is thrilled to begin sharing all of the exciting and thought-provoking information we took home with us. In the coming weeks we’ll be doing just that right here on our blog. In the meantime, here are a few nuggets from the lineup …

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Q&A: Post-Op Pelvic Pain, Kegels for Erectile Dysfunction, Scar Tissue and More

In Female Pelvic Pain, Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Male Pelvic Painby Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and RummerLeave a Comment

As the blog grows, we continue to get important questions from our readers. In this blog post, we’re going to tackle a handful of the recent questions that have come our way. If you have a question of your own, please take the opportunity to post it in the “comments” section of this blog. Pelvic Floor Relaxation: Beyond the Drop …

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Why Kegels are Bad for your Tight Pelvic Floor

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Painby Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer112 Comments

Note to Readers: Yesterday we posted a blog summarizing an article titled “Stop Doing Kegels: Real Pelvic Floor Advice for Women (and Men)” written by Nicole Crawford and published on BreakingMuscle.com. There was some confusion that resulted from the post about when kegels are and are not appropriate. The article advises that women (and men) should never do kegels. I …

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Pelvic Pain Trigger Points Explained

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Painby Stephanie Prendergast136 Comments

If you have pelvic pain, chances are you have trigger points somewhere within or adjacent to your pelvic floor muscles. Indeed, trigger points are a key factor in many pelvic pain syndromes. For that reason, I’m dedicating this week’s blog post to them. I’ll begin with an overall explanation of what they are. Then, I’ll explore the part they play …

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Case Study: PT for a Vulvodynia Diagnosis

In Female Pelvic Pain, Vulvodyniaby Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and Rummer2 Comments

Over the years we’ve treated a wide variety of pelvic floor syndromes at PHRC, and one of the things we’ve learned is that every case is different. Therefore, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all treatment plan. We hope that our new “Case Study” section will help to drive this important reality home. Every couple of months we will …

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Pelvic Pain in the News

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Painby Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and Rummer1 Comment

Every couple of months, we plan to bring you a roundup of the coverage of pelvic pain in the news. Today’s post, our first roundup, contains a slew of interesting topics from the need for a greater understanding of the clitoris/brain connection to surprising news about male pelvic pain and IC to research-backed advice on pelvic floor-friendly bike riding.   …

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Dateline China: Spreading the Word about Pelvic Pain PT

In Endometriosis, Female Pelvic Painby Stephanie Prendergast2 Comments

In this post I’m going to share an amazing experience I had in May when I traveled to China to take part in a series of lectures focused on raising awareness of pelvic pain. I made the trip with an organization called GSEPS. “GSEPS” stands for the “Globel Society for Endometriosis, Pelvic Pain, and Surgeons,” and is the brainchild of …

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How Hypnotherapy can help your Pelvic Pain

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Painby Melinda Fontaine9 Comments

PT is at its most effective for treating pelvic pain syndromes when supplemented with other strategies. This blog post is dedicated to one such strategy: hypnotherapy. If you’re skeptical about the prospect of using hypnosis to ease your pain, I completely understand. To someone with pelvic pain, it can be difficult to hear that your mind has the capacity to …

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The Truth about Biofeedback and E-Stim

In Female Pelvic Pain, Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Male Pelvic Painby Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer87 Comments

Many PTs use either biofeedback or e-stim as part of their protocol for treating pelvic pain. Indeed, a google search of either term will bring up a slew of pelvic floor PT websites boasting the benefits of both treatments. Meanwhile, based on feedback we’ve received from our patients and the PTs taking our class, I believe there’s a good deal …

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What is a “Good” Pelvic Pain PT Session Like?

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Painby Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and Rummer151 Comments

Recently we received a question from a reader asking us to describe what a “typical good pelvic floor physical therapy session” is like. It’s a question I’m sure every pelvic pain patient prescribed PT has thought about. Currently, there is no standard of care for pelvic pain PT. So unfortunately, patients get PT ranging from good to mediocre to inadequate …