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The Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center Turns 12!

In Pelvic Floor Dysfunction by Stephanie PrendergastLeave a Comment

  By: Stephanie Prendergast   On July 17th, 2006,  Liz and Stephanie opened the doors to the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center in San Francisco. Their mission was to improve the quality of life of their patients and to contribute to the dynamic growth of their employees and students.  They aspired to educate the community and medical professionals about pelvic …

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Good Vibes Coming At You

In Female Pelvic Pain by Rachel GelmanLeave a Comment

  By Rachel Gelman   May is a great month. Summer is starting to creep in, which in San Francisco means more fog, but if you are a sex nerd like me then you know that May is Masturbation Month. An entire month dedicated to self-love and pleasure. In a prior post, I talked about masturbation in general, including the …

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The Blunt Truth About Medicinal Marijuana and Pelvic Pain: Part 2

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Shannon Pacella2 Comments

  By Shannon Pacella   First things first: if you haven’t already read the Part 1 to this post, please do so by clicking here!   There are a few updates since my first post regarding laws and legislature for marijuana (cannabis) use throughout the United States. Currently, 29 states plus Washington, D.C. have legalized the use of medicinal marijuana, …

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The Most Proven IC Treatment: Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

In Female Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome, Male Interstitial Cystitis / Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome by Stephanie Prendergast4 Comments

  By Guest Blogger Nicole Cozean, PT, DPT, WCS and author of The Interstitial Cystitis Solution   Pelvic floor physical therapy is the most proven treatment for interstitial cystitis. It’s the only therapy given an evidence grade of ‘A’ by the American Urological Association and recommended in the first line of medical treatment. But patients often wonder how does treating …

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This is Us: a look inside PHRC

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Stephanie Prendergast2 Comments

  By Stephanie Prendergast   January is often the time to reflect on the past year and set goals for the future. So, in that spirit, we thought it would be fun to dedicate this post to a few top Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center events of 2017….and a peak forward to 2018. In no particular order, here’s what happened …

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Endometriosis: Beyond the lesions

In Endometriosis by Jandra Mueller2 Comments

  By Jandra Mueller   In our second post of our series covering the Third World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain, I will cover the lecture titled Endometriosis-associated pain, why should we consider the central nervous system? If you missed our first post, click here.     This year at the annual meeting of the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS) …

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How Diane beat Vulvodynia

In Vulvodynia by Erika Toronto1 Comment

  By Diane   I suffered with pelvic pain for years. I want to share my story, so others won’t have to suffer needlessly.   It started in February 2009 when I tried having sex with my boyfriend. Intercourse was extremely painful, and each time, my perineum tore a bit. I’d be sore for days afterward. Eventually I’d heal, but …

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Fertility: The Other F Word

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Rachel Gelman1 Comment

  By Rachel Gelman   The older I get, the more I realize that there is another ‘F-word.’ For many people it is a harmless word, but for others it carries the same weight as any other profanity. I am talking about fertility. For a portion of people who are sexually active, fertility is a scary word. For some, fertility …

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Make Erections Great Again

In Male Pelvic Pain by Joshua Gonzalez, MD2 Comments

  By Dr. Joshua Gonzalez   As a sexual medicine specialist, I spend a good deal of time talking about erections. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is actually a pretty common problem. Estimates of the prevalence of ED range from 9% to 40% of men by age 40, and generally increase by 10% with each decade thereafter1. ED affects approximately 30 million …

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When having a hard-on is a hard time: how pelvic floor physical therapy helps

In Male Pelvic Pain by Jandra Mueller6 Comments

    By Jandra Mueller   Being a pelvic pain specialist means that I get to talk about sex, or in my patients’ case, reasons why they aren’t having sex. Many of our patients who suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction are unable to engage in satisfying intercourse because of pain, but in some male clients, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation …

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Pelvic floor physical therapy helps men after prostatectomy

In Male Pelvic Pain, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by Melinda Fontaine2 Comments

  By Melinda Fontaine   What would men’s health month be without a blog about prostate cancer? One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. Will this number be affected by the recent change in the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s change in recommendations on screening for prostate cancer? What happens when a man has …

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Brace yourselves: protecting your pelvic floor during CrossFit and loaded exercise

In Female Pelvic Pain, Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Male Pelvic Pain by pelv_admin2 Comments

    If you are a male and either currently participate in CrossFit workouts or another form of Olympic weightlifting, and have developed one or more of these symptoms: perineum pain with sitting, lower abdominal pain with intense activity or ejaculation, testicular pain that radiates to the abdomen or the vice versa, and urinary hesitancy with urgency and frequency, this …

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Prostatitis, pelvic pain, and physical therapy: a case of success!

In Male Pelvic Pain by Jandra Mueller6 Comments

  By Jandra Mueller   David was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection and prostatitis. Antibiotics did not help. Did he have an infection or pelvic floor dysfunction? A few initial words from David:   “My journey that ended with pelvic health and rehabilitation began with an unfortunate experience that I understand is all too common a story for men. …

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Sitting on painful fascia: connective tissue and pelvic pain

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by Ciel Yogis4 Comments

  By Ciel Yogis   If you’ve recently been to your physical therapist, massage therapist, personal trainer, or body worker and heard the words “fascia” and “manipulation” in the same sentence, you are not alone. Fascia has become quite the buzzword for treating everything from chronic neck pain, ACL repair surgery, plantar fasciitis, and yes—even pelvic floor dysfunction. But what …

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Male Pelvic Pain: It’s Time to Treat Men Right

In Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and Rummer19 Comments

  By Stephanie Prendergast and Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer   Tony is one of those people who seem superhuman. In his early 30s, he’s lean and athletic. When he isn’t chasing after one of his three young children or helping to run a successful family business, you can find him surfing, hunting, snowboarding, golfing, swimming, or playing basketball.   It’s hard to …

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Physical Therapy Treatment for Interstitial Cystitis and Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome

In Female Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome, Male Interstitial Cystitis / Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome by Stephanie Prendergast2 Comments

  By Stephanie Prendergast   Urinary tract infections hurt. It hurts as your bladder fills, you constantly feel the need to pee and when you do it feels like knives are coming out of your body. You do not experience post-void relief and immediately feel like you need to pee again. Your doctor asks you to urinate urinate in a …

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What’s The ‘Right’ Way To Poop?

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast2 Comments

      From NPR1 to Men’s Health 2, the right way to poop has become an increasingly hot topic for discussion. In fact “Put Your Constipation Woes Behind You,”  is consistently our highest ranking blog every week. Oh, and if you haven’t seen the knight and unicorn bestowing the benefits of the squatty potty3, go watch it now! So,  why is poop such …