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Summary from IPPS 2019: Chronic Pain in Endometriosis

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By: Morgan Conner, DPT, PHRC Los Gatos In October I had the pleasure of attending the International Pelvic Pain Society’s Scientific Meeting with a number of my colleagues here at PHRC. On the second day of the main conference, Catherine Allaire MDCM, FRCSC gave the James E. Carter keynote lecture titled Endometriosis: Towards Prevention of Chronic Pain. There were two …

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Sleep Is Medicine for Pelvic Pain

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By: Maryssa Steffen, DPT, PHRC Berkeley If you experience pelvic pain, are you aware of how your sleep quality may play a part?  A 2015 national poll by the National Sleep Foundation found that “64% of those suffering chronic pain, and 54% of those with acute pain, report co-occurring poor sleep quality.”1 Everyone needs seven to nine hours asleep in …

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Abdominal Wall and Hernia Pain

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By: Elizabeth Akincilar, PHRC Cofounder   For some of you reading this, October conjures images of autumn leaves, Halloween, and pumpkin spiced…everything. For me, there’s one additional thing that I associate with October. The Annual International Pelvic Pain Society Scientific Meeting. Every October, for the past 13 years, I’ve attended and participated in this meeting. This year, I was pleased …

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Center for Disease Control Opioid Guidelines: notes from #IPPS2018

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By: Kim Buonomo, PT, DPT, PHRC Lexington   At the International Pelvic Pain Society’s annual meeting I had the great opportunity to listen to two presenters discuss the role of medications in managing pelvic pain. In this blog, I’ll be talking about Dr. Stephen Ziegler PhD, JD from Purdue University’s lecture regarding the opioid epidemic and ways that we can …

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Using Cannabis to Treat Persistent Pelvic Pain

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Introduction by Melinda Fontaine, article by guest bloggers Eloise Theisen, AGPCNP-BC and Timothy Byars From Melinda: For years, I have seen my patients using cannabis to treat a variety of conditions.  A common complaint is the lack of guidance to do so. Recently, I found a medical professional who is not afraid to make specific recommendations. In fact, cannabis education, …

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Mindfulness Meditation: Is it actually effective for treating chronic pain?

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By Elizabeth Akincilar Mindfulness meditation. Even if you’re not exactly sure what it is, I’m going to bet you’ve heard of it. It has gotten a lot of attention recently. It’s everywhere. It’s not like the mediation of 20 years ago. Back then meditation was considered “alternative” or  “fringe” that few people practiced, especially in western countries. Now, mindfulness has …

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Tips for Coping With Persistent Pelvic Pain

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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 vice …

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The Role of Emotions in Relieving Pelvic Pain

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast7 Comments

This week guest blogger Lorraine Faehndrich talks about the role emotional awareness plays in the healing process. Here’s what she has to say: By Lorraine Faehndrich Persistent pelvic pain can, and often does, have an emotional component.  The pelvis is a part of the body that for many reasons tends to hold emotion, and when that emotional component is addressed alongside …

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Why Get PT 1st? Here are the facts

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast7 Comments

By Stephanie Prendergast   Vaginal pain. Burning with urination. Post-ejaculatory pain. Constipation. Genital pain following bowel movements. Pelvic pain that prevents sitting, exercising, wearing pants and having pleasurable intercourse. When a person develops these symptoms, physical therapy is not the first avenue of treatment they turn to for help. In fact, physical therapists are not even considered at all. This …