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Diastasis Recti: Causes and Treatment

In Pain, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Stephanie PrendergastLeave a Comment

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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Part I: Breathing Techniques for Pelvic Floor Health

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

By Melissa Patrick, PT, DPT and Jennifer Keesee, DPT   The Basics   Breathing may seem like a very simple task, but many of us breathe incorrectly. Poor breathing mechanics can affect us physically, mentally, and emotionally. Research has shown that breathing exercises can positively impact our nervous, cardiac, and musculoskeletal systems.  When we pay attention to, and learn how …

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Dear Doctor, Your Patients are Human; An Open Letter

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

By Emily Schwerdtfeger, PHRC Westlake Village Admin Assistant A patient submitted this letter following their personal experience with patient care   An open letter to any doctor who’s ever seen a patient. To patients who have experienced something similar, I’m sorry and you didn’t deserve it.   “I understand that doctors have limited time with patients and that medicine is …

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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 Physical Therapy helps Female Pelvic Pain

In Female Pelvic Pain, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain by Elizabeth AkincilarLeave 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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Patient Success Story: Dealing with Prolapse and Menopause

In Female Pelvic Pain, Menopause, Pain, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Pelvic Pain by pelv_adminLeave a Comment

By Karah Charette, PT, DPT, RYT   When I first met Sara* (name changed for the story), I knew she was going to do well with pelvic floor physical therapy. She was motivated, curious, and engaged in her healing process. She came in with questions and reflections each session, and was open to learning something new every time we met. …

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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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Vestibulodynia Explained with Follow Up Q&A

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pain, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, Vestibulodynia/Vulvodynia by Stephanie PrendergastLeave a Comment

By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles Do you know the difference between vulvodynia & vestibulodynia? Vulvodynia simply means pain in the vulva, which includes the clitoris, labia, mons pubis, perineum, hymen, and vestibule.  Tune into our IG Live about Vestibulodynia with special guest, Doctor Irwin Goldstein at 5:30PM PST, 2/18/2021. Vestibulodynia is pain in the vestibule, a more …

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Fiber: What is it and Why is it important?

In pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, Uncategorized by Kim Buonomo3 Comments

By Kim Buonomo, DPT, PHRC Lexington   What is fiber and why is it important to a pelvic floor physical therapist? The American Physical Therapy Association has stated that diet and nutrition are key components of many conditions managed by physical therapists. Nutrition can directly affect recovery and function while an individual is under a physical therapist’s care. Thus, PTs …

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Q&A Pelvic Floor Weakness Causes

In Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast4 Comments

By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles and Admin In case you missed our latest Q&A about Pelvic Floor Pain/Tightness Causes, you can read it here. If your pelvic floor muscles are weak, your pelvic organs will not have the full support they need! But what is the cause of weakness? Back in October we presented you with numerous …

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Goodbye 2020, helloooo 2021 – the year of the pelvis!

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By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles Last year was a year unlike any other, marked by uncertainty, loss, tragedy, stress and fear. I remember the feeling of shock and panic when I learned we needed to close most of our offices for three full weeks. As a business owner my mind was blown, that seemed like an eternity. …

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Period Health 101: Everything You Should Have Learned in 6th Grade, But Didn’t… Part 2 of 3

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By Jandra Mueller, DPT, MS, PHRC Encinitas   In case you missed it, here is Period Health 101: Everything You Should Have Learned in 6th Grade, But Didn’t, Part 1.   What are your hormones doing throughout the various phases? To understand this, refer to the chart below. It is actually helpful in understanding the hormonal shifts throughout the various …

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We’ve Got Your Back!

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By Karah Charette, DPT, PHRC Berkeley People with pelvic floor symptoms often ask if their back and hip pain is related to their pelvic floor dysfunction. The answer a majority of the time is an unequivocal YES! Pelvic floor physical therapists are first and foremost physical therapists– meaning we can and do work with the whole body! We start with …

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But is it really Interstitial Cystitis?  

In Female Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome, Male Interstitial Cystitis / Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome by pelv_adminLeave a Comment

By Morgan Conner, DPT, PHRC Los Gatos Recently, I decided to look into the confusion surrounding Interstitial Cystitis. A couple searches down a Pubmed rabbithole, I realized there was much more to it than I initially realized. In order to really make sense of what might be going on, I decided to go back to the basics and to the …

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A Polyvagal Map to Pelvic Health

In Pelvic Health by pelv_admin5 Comments

By Maryssa Steffen, DPT, PHRC Berkeley “It doesn’t matter how much you drive around, you will never get to where you want to go if you don’t have the right map.” – Stanley Rosenberg During this unprecedented time to slow down, shelter at home, and physical distance, I have taken the opportunity to dive deeper into embodied practices. In other …

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Movement for the Movement: Pelvic Floor Release and Fundraising

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By Karah Charettte, DPT, PHRC Berkeley On Saturday July 25th 2020 at 11:00 am PST, 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.  Doctor of Physical Therapy and yoga instructor Karah Charette of PHRC Berkeley will be teaching a 60 minute movement workshop entitled …

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The DUTCH Test: a new approach to hormone testing

In DUTCH test by Jandra Mueller7 Comments

By Jandra Mueller, DPT, MS, PHRC Encinitas The DUTCH test is a newer technology created by Mark Newman, MS. He has spent many years with various labs specifically on developing and testing hormones until he created his own lab, Precision Analytical Inc. and the DUTCH test is his flagship product. The name stands for Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones. …

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Health Disparities in the LGBTQ Community

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By Elizabeth Akincilar, PHRC CoFounder As a once long time resident of San Francisco, June was always one of my favorite months of the year. “June Gloom”; many coastal Californians often refer to it for its frequent foggy weather and consider it one of the worst months of the year. Yes, even with its foggy weather, I still looked forward …