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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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Myofascial Trigger Points: Facts & General Information

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   Let’s talk Myofascial Trigger Point (MTrPs) Facts: MTrPs are contracted fibers with a muscle. MTrPs are painful when compressed. Active MTrPs cause pain and/or dysfunction whereas latent MTrPs do not currently cause pain and/or dysfunction but have the potential to. MTrPs can cause pain locally (at the spot of the …

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

In Pelvic Health, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health, Stress Urinary Incontinence by Lauren OpatrnyLeave a Comment

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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May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

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By Emily Schwerdtfeger, PHRC Westlake Village   May is Mental Health Awareness Month; we wanted to talk about pelvic pain and mental health!   When it comes to pelvic pain, it can have a major effect on both your physical and mental health. Did you know about 20% or one in five people experience a mental health disorder at some …

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Success Story: Pelvic Floor PT Helped Charli Resolve Postpartum Pain

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By Jillian Cerda Ramos, PT, DPT, MFDc   *all names have been changed to maintain patient privacy   Introduction Pregnancy is truly a life-changing event in more ways than one: bringing a baby into this world is no easy feat, and neither is the recovery process! Just like how each pregnancy is so different, each postpartum experience can be so …

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Endometriosis: Frequently Asked Questions & Their Answers

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By Jandra Mueller, DPT, MS, PHRC Encinitas   This past month was Endometriosis Awareness Month. It was very exciting to see how many more individuals and providers were sharing amazing information about this disease that affects such a large percentage of our population. This was not always the case, and it is a sign we are moving in the right …

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Pelvic Hip Pain, A Patient Success Story

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By Jillian Giannini, DPT, PHRC Pasadena, Jennifer Keesee, DPT, PHRC Westlake Village and Emily Schwerdtfeger, BA, PHRC Westlake Village “I’m the exception, right?” “It could never happen to me.” Emily is a 25 year old female that has had left hip pain for five years now. She describes her hip pain as:   Achy or sharp  In front of L …

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PT Across the Lifespan: Celebrating International Women’s Day

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By Elizabeth Akincilar, MSPT, Cofounder, PHRC Merrimack   As we recognize International Women’s Day in March, this is the perfect opportunity to educate our community about how pelvic floor physical therapy can benefit women and folks with uteruses throughout the different phases of their lives. The truth is, virtually all women and people with uteruses will benefit from the education, …

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National Condom Week: History, Facts and Pointers

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By Elizabeth Akincilar, MSPT, Cofounder, PHRC Merrimack   This week we’re celebrating National Condom Week; which gives us the perfect excuse to educate our community about the correct use of and important precautions to consider when using condoms to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.   Condoms, aka male sheath, johnny, rubber, raincoat, cock sock, or the English riding …

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Perimenopause Facts: It Starts Earlier than You Think

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By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC West Los Angeles   Perimenopause begins earlier than you think!  Most people in their 20’s and 30’s may not think they need to know about perimenopause & that perimenopause information doesn’t apply to them. This is not true! Here are just a few of the many things you need to know.    Testosterone Decline: …

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Meditation & Yoga for Pelvic Pain Relief [Videos Links Included]

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By admin   Wondering what you can do besides pelvic floor physical therapy for your pelvic pain? This week we compiled the yoga sessions our PT, Melissa Patrick, has been hosting on our Instagram. Find the best yoga session for you based on the pelvic pain you are experiencing directly below its description.   Yoga for Pudendal Neuralgia Working with …

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SIBO Updates plus follow up Q&A

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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

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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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Pelvic Floor Education is Coming to Classrooms

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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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Q&A Bowel Dysfunction

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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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Integrative Health and Nutrition: Michaels’ Success Story

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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, …

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Nutrition Awareness Month: Integrative Health & Nutrition Services

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By Jandra Mueller, DPT, MS, PHRC Encinitas   March is Nutrition Awareness Month and we’d love to share the services we offer here at PHRC and talk about why nutrition is so important, especially for those with pelvic health conditions.    What is Integrative Health and Nutrition?    In contrast to conventional medicine, which places emphasis on treating a disease, …

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Q&A For Pelvic Pain/Tightness Causes

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By Stephanie Prendergast, PHRC Cofounder, Los Angeles If you have been a long time follower of As the Pelvic Turns, then you might remember the Q&A we did years ago about Pelvic Floor Drops, Weak and Tight Muscles, Tilted Pelvis and More. As the years go by, new research, information and overall growth in the field occurs. With this, we …

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EmBODYment

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By Maryssa Steffen, DPT, PHRC Berkeley Have you ever noticed the relationship between your feelings and your bodily sensations? For example, have you ever noticed that gut-wrenching feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you know something is wrong, or you just got bad news? Or your heart rate suddenly increases when you get scared or nervous? …