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SIBO Updates plus follow up Q&A

In pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, SIBO by Emily SchwerdtfegerLeave a Comment

Let’s talk SIBO SIBO stands for Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth; bacteria that is an overgrowth of the normal bacteria in your small intestine.    How to test for it:⠀ A breath test is typically used either in the clinic or a take-home test is given. The test uses a solution, glucose or lactulose (but usually lactulose), that is consumed and …

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World Physical Therapy Day- A Q&A about Pelvic Floor PTs

In pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic floor physical therapy continuing education, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain by pelv_adminLeave a Comment

September 8th is World Physical Therapy Day!   To celebrate, we wanted to do a little Q&A about pelvic floor physical therapy and what it’s like to be a pelvic floor physical therapist!   What is pelvic floor physical therapy?    In a nutshell pelvic floor physical therapy (PFPT) is the branch of physical therapy that is focused on conditions …

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You’re Invited to a Live Virtual Event! Sue’s Pelvic Pain Success Story & Going the Distance for her Cause! 

In pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain by Kim BuonomoLeave a Comment

By Kim Buonomo, DPT, PHRC Lexington   Here at PHRC we love to celebrate our patients’ success and we are inviting you to join us for a special success story and fundraising event. We shared a little on IG Live last week, in case you missed it, you can view the video on our Instagram. Register for the full event …

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How Pelvic Floor PT Helps Children with Constipation & Incontinence

In pediatric pelvic floor dysfunction, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, Stress Urinary Incontinence by Shannon PacellaLeave a Comment

By Shannon Pacella, DPT, PHRC Lexington Did You Know… Bedwetting affects 15%-22% of children, and of those children, 10%-25% have urinary leakage during the day.1  One of the primary causes of bedwetting and daytime wetting is constipation.1 10%-25% of children who bed wet also have difficulty controlling their bowels.1 Awareness of bladder sensation and control of bladder begins between one …

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Pediatric Success Story: Constipation interrupting your kids’ activities?

In pediatric pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health by Melinda FontaineLeave a Comment

By Melinda Fontaine, DPT, PHRC Walnut Creek Symptoms   Many families struggle with constipation in children. Maya is a 10 year old who likes to swim, camp, and play with her little brother. She had suffered with constipation and fecal incontinence most of her life. A year ago, an x-ray showed that she had an enlarged colon from chronic constipation, and …

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Can TMS help people with Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome?

In Female Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome, Female Pelvic Pain, Male Interstitial Cystitis / Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome, Male Pelvic Pain, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain by Stephanie PrendergastLeave a Comment

By Jason J. Kutch, PhD and Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, PHRC West Los Angeles Interstitial Cystitis/ Bladder Pain Syndrome (BPS) is a pelvic pain syndrome that is characterized by urgency/frequency and pelvic pain, affecting up to 7.9 million vagina owners and roughly 10% of penis owners in the United States. It is a clinical diagnosis, meaning that there are no diagnostic …

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Symptoms of a Hypertonic Pelvic Floor Follow Up Q&A

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain by Stephanie PrendergastLeave a Comment

By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC West Los Angeles A while back we asked you for your questions about having a hypertonic pelvic floor. This week we answer all your questions and then some!   Q- Hi! I have really tight pelvic floor muscles and pain during sex and I was wondering if you might be able to suggest any …

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Is Your Vagina Healthy? How to Tell Health from Unhealthy

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pelvic Health by Jandra MuellerLeave a Comment

By Jandra Mueller, DPT, MS, PHRC Encinitas Here is the situation, you have irritation down there, you go to your doctor, she performs her exam and tests, she swabs you, then you get the call… your cultures came back negative. Here is what your GYN may have missed. Many women experiencing pelvic pain, urinary, and sexual dysfunction often have pelvic …

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Pelvic Floor Education is Coming to Classrooms

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain, Uncategorized by Stephanie PrendergastLeave a Comment

By Stephanie A. Prendergast, DPT, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles “Girls aged 12 to 17 should be taught in school how to do pelvic floor exercises, according to new draft health guidelines.” – BBC News   For the past 21 years my career has been focused on advancing the field of pelvic health. Last week the BBC posted an article …

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Pelvic Floor Spasm with Q&A

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, DPT, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles What is a pelvic floor spasm? It is the presence of contracted, painful muscles on palpation and elevated resting pressures by vaginal manometry. If the contraction is painful, this is usually described as a cramp. Pelvic floor myalgia (a symptom) may be present without a change in pelvic floor muscle …

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Why Men Are Given Unnecessary Antibiotics & What to do Instead

In Male Interstitial Cystitis / Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome, Male Pelvic Pain, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain by Joshua Gonzalez, MDLeave a Comment

By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT and Urology Expert Joshua Gonzalez, MD   Most men who develop the symptoms of Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS) are given unnecessary courses of antibiotics, at least once. How do we know they were unnecessary? Most of our patients have never been properly tested for a prostate infection. Men with CPPS account for up to 97% …

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How Pelvic Floor PT Helps Men’s Health & Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

In Male Pelvic Pain, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health by Melinda FontaineLeave a Comment

By Melinda Fontaine, DPT, PHRC Walnut Creek Did You Know….   Pelvic floor exercises are equally effective as sildenafil (Viagra) in treating erectile dysfunction. Pelvic floor physical therapy can help incontinence, erectile dysfunction, post void dribbling, overactive bladder, premature ejaculation, and pelvic floor tension myalgia. Erectile dysfunction is associated with twice as much absenteeism, decreases in work productivity, and decreases …

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 Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Helps Pelvic Organ Prolapse

In pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Pelvic Pain by Jillian GianniniLeave a Comment

By Jillian Giannini, DPT, PHRC Los Angeles Did you know that Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)is  more common than you think and that the severity or stage of the prolapse does not always correlate with symptoms? One review found that 41 – 50% of women had POP on examination, though only 3 – 5% of women report symptoms. Many people understand …

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Restorative Movement for Reproductive Justice & Fundraising

In pelvic floor physical therapy, pelvic floor yoga and pilates, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain by Melissa PatrickLeave a Comment

By Melissa Patrick, PT, DPT, PHRC Merrimack On Wednesday, Saturday, June 26th 9am PDT / 12pm EDT, the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center is hosting a virtual fundraiser via Zoom combining two things we care deeply about: pelvic health and racial justice.  PHRC Staff member Melissa Patrick, PT, DPT, RYT will be facilitating a 60 minute movement practice entitled “Restorative …

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Success Story Jamie: Pushing Back Against Postpartum Prolapse

In Pelvic Health, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Kim BuonomoLeave a Comment

By Kim Buonomo, DPT, PHRC Lexington Many women do not realize how common pelvic floor dysfunction is after giving birth. We often hear patients who think it is normal to leak urine or to be unable to exercise after having children. Postpartum pain is common, but not normal, and pelvic floor physical therapy including pelvic floor muscle contraction exercises is …

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How Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy helps Female Pelvic Pain

In Female Pelvic Pain, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain by Elizabeth Akincilar-RummerLeave a Comment

By Elizabeth Akincilar, MSPT, Cofounder, PHRC Lexington   Did You Know…   An estimated sixty-one percent of women with bladder pain syndrome have comorbid chronic pelvic pain, while almost fifty percent of women with endometriosis suffer from chronic pelvic pain.1 Seventy percent of women with a previous diagnosis of endometriosis are diagnosed with chronic pelvic pain.2,3 Women with a past …

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Gender-Affirming Surgery + Pelvic Floor PT: IG Live w/ Dr. Jun

In pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation, Transgender Health by Stephanie PrendergastLeave a Comment

By Stephanie A. Prendergast, DPT, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles Did you catch us last week for our IG Live with Dr. Min Jun? Our cofounder, Elizabeth Akincilar, MSPT, went live with Dr. Min Jun, a genital gender-affirming surgeon. In case you missed it, here is a little about Dr. Jun:   Dr. Min Jun trained at four different academic …

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Q&A Bowel Dysfunction

In pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, Uncategorized by Stephanie PrendergastLeave a Comment

By Stephanie A. Prendergast, DPT, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles A few weeks ago we published a blog about How Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Helps Bowel Dysfunction. In it we discussed how one might develop a bowel dysfunction, symptoms, associated diagnoses and how pelvic floor PT can help in recovery. This week, we asked our social media audience to submit …

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How Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Helps Bowel Dysfunction

In pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health by Kim BuonomoLeave a Comment

By Kim Buonomo, DPT, PHRC Lexington   Did You Know….   Surveys have estimated that over four million people in the United States have frequent constipation. This is the most common digestive complaint in the United States and corresponds to a prevalence of about two percent. More Americans suffer from constipation than die from heart disease every year. The impact …

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Integrative Health and Nutrition: Michaels’ Success Story

In Integrative Health and Nutrition, Male Pelvic Pain, Pain, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain by Jandra MuellerLeave a Comment

By Jandra Mueller, DPT, MS, PHRC Encinitas   Here is the story of a 21 year old male with many GI complaints and pelvic pain, who eagerly wanted to get back to normalcy and achieved that, although still ongoing, through the services offered at PHRC. We will refer to him as “Michael” so that his identity remains anonymous.    Michael …

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New Perspectives on Endo: Gut-Immune Link & IG Live w/ Dr. Orbuch

In Endometriosis, Female Pelvic Pain, Integrative Health and Nutrition, Pain, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain by Jandra MuellerLeave a Comment

By Jandra Mueller, DPT, MS, PHRC Encinitas   March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, AND National Nutrition Month – what a great time to talk about how optimal gut health and nutrition impacts endometriosis. Optimal gut health and nutrition play a crucial role in one’s endometriosis journey because having a healthy gut means improving our mental health, optimizing our immune system, …