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Moisturize My Vagina?! What you need to know

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By: Shannon Pacella, DPT, PHRC Lexington If you are anything like me, you most likely have a plethora of moisturizers at home (hand lotion, face lotion, body lotion, etc.), but what you probably do not have is a vaginal moisturizer. You might ask, “What is a vaginal moisturizer?” A vaginal moisturizer rehydrates dry mucosal tissue, is absorbed into the skin …

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Muscles Affecting Pelvic Health: It’s Not Just The Pelvic Floor

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Shannon Pacella5 Comments

By: Shannon Pacella, DPT, PHRC Lexington As you may know, us pelvic floor physical therapists tend to talk about the pelvic floor muscles quite a lot. However, we also assess and treat many other muscles surrounding the trunk, pelvis, hips, and thighs, that influence pelvic health and various pelvic floor muscle dysfunctions. If you’d like to learn about pelvic floor …

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5 Tips to Reduce Vulvodynia Symptoms

In Vulvodynia by pelv_admin2 Comments

Vulvodynia can affect up to 25% of women in their lifetime.1 The vulva is the anatomical term for the external genitalia in women that includes the clitoris, labia, mons pubis, and vestibule (vaginal opening).  Vulvodynia has received specific diagnostic terminology as we now know there are various causes and presentations of symptoms that can be considered “vulvodynia”.3  Box 1 contains …

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Battle of the bulge: is your weight impacting your pelvic floor function?

In Pelvic Floor Dysfunction by Sigourney Cross5 Comments

By: Sigourney Cross, DPT, PHRC Walnut Creek If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably spent the last couple of months eating everything in sight. With Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s back to back, it’s hard to say no to all those delicious side dishes and homemade desserts. But now that the holidays have come to an end, it’s back to …

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Alternative Treatments for IBS: Can Hypnosis Help Heal Your Gut?

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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is considered a functional gastrointestinal disorder. The Rome Foundation defines IBS as when a person has chronic abdominal pain at least one day per week in the last three months combined with at least two of the following: abdominal pain related to having a bowel movement; abdominal pain onset is associated with change in stool frequency; …

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The Role of Physical Therapy in Treating Pudendal Neuralgia

In Female Pudendal Neuralgia, Male Pudendal Neuralgia, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by Stephanie Prendergast159 Comments

Part II in the “Demystifying Pudendal Neuralgia” Series       In the previous post in our “Demystifying Pudendal Neuralgia” series, I talked about the difference between PN and PNE. In addition, I reviewed a list of treatment options for PN. Physical therapy was at the top of that list. Today, in this second post in the series, I will …