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World Physical Therapy Day- A Q&A about Pelvic Floor PTs

In pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic floor physical therapy continuing education, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain by pelv_adminLeave a Comment

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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IG Live Q/A: Pudendal Neuralgia + Pudendal Nerve Entrapment

In Female Pudendal Neuralgia, Male Pudendal Neuralgia, pelvic floor physical therapy by Elizabeth AkincilarLeave a Comment

By Elizabeth Akincilar, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Lexington   In May we went live on Instagram with Mark Conway, MD, gynecologist and pelvic surgeon specializing in pelvic neuralgias. We compiled a list of questions from social media to answer during our live about your inquiries about Pudendal Neuralgia. So what is Pudendal Neuralgia? It is a treatable pain condition that consists …

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Restorative Movement for Reproductive Justice & Fundraising

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By Melissa Patrick, PT, DPT, PHRC Merrimack On Wednesday, Saturday, June 26th 9am PDT / 12pm EDT, 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.  PHRC Staff member Melissa Patrick, PT, DPT, RYT will be facilitating a 60 minute movement practice entitled “Restorative …

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A Second Look at Pudendal Neuralgia.

In Female Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome, Male Pudendal Neuralgia, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by Stephanie Prendergast39 Comments

By Stephanie Prendergast, PHRC Cofounder I treated my first patient with Pudendal Neuralgia in 2002. As a young, excitable pelvic floor physical therapist, I was on a mission to help people suffering from pelvic pain and thought it would be just like what they said in PT school: stretch, strengthen, achieve goals, discharge. So when my patient began treatment for …

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A Balm for Belly Blues: Maya Abdominal Massage & Gynecological Health

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health, Stress Urinary Incontinence by Stephanie Prendergast6 Comments

This week, our guest blogger Bria Larson, MS, LAc, FABORM  will discuss The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. By Bria Larson The abdomen and pelvis are the source of our creativity and nourishment.  They are also vulnerable to injury from physical and emotional trauma, disease and dietary stressors.  Based on the healing traditions of the Maya, as taught by Dr. …

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Clitoral Woes? Say It Ain’t So

In Female Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast8 Comments

By Sara K. Sauder  In preparing the curriculum for my class on vestibulodynia (yes I will start talking about this class over and over because I am discovering so much and learning a lot while in the process of creating and teaching the curriculum and this is a blog that I write using real life experiences so why wouldn’t I write …

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Real Patients, Real Stories: Amanda’s Journey

In Female Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast2 Comments

By Sara Stuart      Pelvic pain can present itself in a number of ways. For Amanda* (name has been changed for anonymity), her symptoms began with her first menses. “I remember being on a cruise to Mexico with my mom and trying to learn how to put a tampon in for the first time. I spent the time either …

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Vagi-what? A rough guide to Vaginismus

In Female Pelvic Pain by pelv_admin8 Comments

If you’ve ever said the following: “It feels like there’s a wall there.” “I can’t insert a tampon.” “I can’t have penetrative sex with my husband.” “I was told I need to drink a glass of wine right before sex, but that still doesn’t help.” You might be experiencing vaginismus symptoms. DEFINITION What exactly is vaginismus? Vaginismus, pronounced vaj-uh-niz-muhs, is …

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Dairy and Pelvic Pain

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast1 Comment

By guest blogger Jordan Hoffman  Stephanie here: In the late summer and early fall of last year I began experiencing increasingly painful periods. I was bleeding very heavily, taking up to 12 Advil per day without relief, and was very concerned about what was happening in my reproductive tract. Our LA clinic opened in May and therefore I didn’t have a …

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PHRC’s Boston Office is Opening March 16th!

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We’re thrilled to announce that PHRC is opening its Boston-area clinic next month with patient care starting March 16th! Liz, who will be re-relocating to the East Coast, will be spearheading the running of the clinic, the exact location of which is 303 Wyman St., Ste. 369, Waltham, Massachusetts. The clinic is in the greater Boston area, west and slightly …

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Our FAVE Pelvic Health Resources, Products!

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast8 Comments

By Gabriella Chavarin Our FAVE Pelvic Health Resources, Products! It’s that time of year when we all make “New Year’s resolutions.” If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably resolved to sleep longer, be more active, and eat healthier. But what about your pelvic health? One of the questions I’m asked most often at PHRC is: “Do you have any recommendations …

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The Case of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Stephanie Prendergast4 Comments

  Patient History Elena is a 35-year-old female who was referred to pelvic floor physical therapy by her ob/gyn with a diagnosis of prolapse. (Want more information on a prolapse diagnosis? Check out a detailed blog post on the topic here.) Elena’s chief complaints stem from giving birth to her first child via vaginal delivery six months prior to her …

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Taking a Closer Look at Pelvic Organ Prolapse

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Stress Urinary Incontinence by Stephanie Prendergast7 Comments

One of the jobs of the pelvic floor in women is to support the organs of the pelvis. But for a variety of reasons the muscle and fascia that offer that support can weaken, and when it does these organs can descend into the vagina causing a myriad of symptoms. This condition is known as “pelvic organ prolapse” or “POP” …

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Five Steps to Overcoming Anxiety Around Intercourse

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast8 Comments

  By Guest Blogger: Lorraine Faehndrich “How will I ever be able to have intercourse?” If you’ve struggled with pelvic pain it’s likely that this question is very familiar to you. (Unless of course you’ve been pushing all thoughts of sex and intimacy out of your mind since your symptoms began.) The idea of intercourse or any type of penetration …

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Here’s what’s Wrong with the ‘kGoal’

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By Stephanie Prendergast There’s a new Kegel aid poised to hit the market called the “kGoal,” and enthusiasts are touting it as “the new FitBit for the vagina”. But, while kGoal has been generating a ton of press, there are problems with the device and how its being marketed. Before I go any further with the issues I have with this …

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Do Oral Contraceptive Pills Cause Vulvodynia?

In Female Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast5 Comments

by Guest Bloggers: Dr. Andrew T. Goldstein, Dr. Jill Krapf, Zoe Belkin The debate about the role of oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) in vulvodynia has been underway for almost two decades. More than a dozen different research articles have been written on the topic, both supporting and refuting the association. In this article we will examine this very important issue. …

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The Case of Female Pelvic Pain, Painful Sex

In Female Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast12 Comments

This week’s post is a case study of a female pelvic pain patient. Before I get into the specifics of the case, let’s first take a look at female pelvic pain by the numbers: 10% of all visits to gynecologists are due to chronic pelvic pain. 25% of women will experience chronic vulvar pain at some point in their lives. …

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Pelvic Pain Trigger Points Explained

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast139 Comments

If you have pelvic pain, chances are you have trigger points somewhere within or adjacent to your pelvic floor muscles. Indeed, trigger points are a key factor in many pelvic pain syndromes. For that reason, I’m dedicating this week’s blog post to them. I’ll begin with an overall explanation of what they are. Then, I’ll explore the part they play …