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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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Announcing Virtual Pregnancy + Postpartum Pelvic Health Services

In pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Molly BachmannLeave a Comment

By Molly Bachmann PT, DPT, PHRC San Francisco   Virtual appointments are now available for those who are pregnant and postpartum! We are excited to offer this service to birthing people around the world. Whether you are pregnant and are interested in learning more about how to prepare your body for birth or need help developing a birth plan and …

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A Peripartum Product Guide for Pregnant Friends by a Pelvic Floor PT

In Pelvic Health, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Molly BachmannLeave a Comment

What does a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist gift her pregnant friends at their baby showers?   By Molly Bachmann PT, DPT, PHRC San Francisco   Working in the medical field places one in a unique position when it comes to relationships with family and friends. Frequently I’ll receive questions about aches and pains, emails asking for advice, etc. Working in …

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

In pelvic floor physical therapy, pelvic floor yoga and pilates, Pelvic Health by Emily SchwerdtfegerLeave a Comment

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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Success Story Jamie: Pushing Back Against Postpartum Prolapse

In Pelvic Health, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Kim BuonomoLeave a Comment

By Kim Buonomo, DPT, PHRC Lexington Many women do not realize how common pelvic floor dysfunction is after giving birth. We often hear patients who think it is normal to leak urine or to be unable to exercise after having children. Postpartum pain is common, but not normal, and pelvic floor physical therapy including pelvic floor muscle contraction exercises is …

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Pregnancy Awareness Month- Pregnancy & Postpartum Services

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by pelv_adminLeave a Comment

By Stephanie A. Prendergast, DPT, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles With May being Pregnancy Awareness Month, we wanted to share an overview of the pregnancy and postpartum services we offer here at the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center. Along with the overview we will discuss what to expect in your appointment with additional blogs, videos and general pregnancy and postpartum …

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Can Chiropractic Care Help Pregnancy and Labor?

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by pelv_adminLeave a Comment

By: Dr. Kandyce Mutter, BScKin, DC ICPA Webster Certified There’s no question that a woman goes through tremendous changes during the nine months of pregnancy. The most obvious physical changes that are likely to affect the spine will begin to occur during the second trimester. As the uterus grows to accommodate the fetus, the lumbar curve of the spine will …

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Part 1 of 2: What is a good pelvic PT session like?

In pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Telehealth, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain by pelv_admin2 Comments

Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center is proud to announce that we now have eight locations across the country. Our newest locations include Walnut Creek, CA, Bedford, NH and Westlake Village, CA. We pride ourselves on our constant commitment to give the best possible care for our patients. Patients suffering from long-standing pelvic conditions are often shuffled around from doctor to …

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Childbirth Medical Interventions and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by pelv_admin2 Comments

  By: Admin   As a pregnant woman and pelvic floor physical therapist, I am surrounded by stories, advice, and opinions about the right way to give birth. Most of us know that pregnancy and childbirth often result in trauma to the pelvic floor and perineum, which can lead to incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and painful sex, among other things. …

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Beating the Odds: How one woman overcame a traumatic birth and had a successful second birth

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by pelv_admin2 Comments

Childbirth is no picnic: 85% of women who deliver vaginally experience perineal trauma and a third of those women in the USA and UK require stitches.2 The thought of having another baby after having gone through a traumatic birth can be daunting, to say the least. Returning to sex can also seem like a feat, especially when pain is involved. …

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Yoga throughout Pregnancy and Beyond

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Shannon Pacella1 Comment

  By Shannon Pacella   This week Shannon Pacella of the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center interviews a yoga instructor about the benefits of yoga before and delivery.   What is a typical Prenatal Yoga class like (length of the class, any specific areas of focus)?   Each prenatal yoga class can vary widely, depending on the teacher’s style, the …

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Diastasis Recti: Closing The Gap Between Research and Function

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health, Stress Urinary Incontinence by pelv_adminLeave a Comment

By Admin   During pregnancy and the postpartum period, many women suffer from both functional and cosmetic issues caused from the widening of the abdominal wall from stretch and pressure generated from the growing uterus. This stretching can result in a separation of the rectus abdominis muscle, known as a diastasis recti (DR).  Diastasis recti occur in approximately 66% of …

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Calling Bull*[email protected]# on Science

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Elizabeth Akincilar2 Comments

  By Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer   How many times have you heard a journalist say something like, “Researchers report a significant breakthrough…”, “Groundbreaking research shows… “, or “According to a new scientific study…”? The news constantly bombards us with “research” or “studies” to provoke an emotional response, whether it’s fear, excitement, or surprise. The point is, to catch your attention. Here …

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Why All Postpartum Women Need Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Stephanie Prendergast5 Comments

Image permission via Cosmopolitan   By Stephanie Prendergast   The Facts 21% of women undergoing vaginal delivery had levator ani avulsion1 29% of women undergoing vaginal deliveries had pubic bone fractures2  60% of postpartum women reported Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)3 64.3% of women reported sexual dysfunction in the first year following childbirth4 77% of women had low back pain that …

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Postpartum Pelvic Pain: Be Like Sarah and Get PT 1st

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by pelv_admin5 Comments

  In mid-April, Fox News Health wrote an article on why postpartum moms need physical therapy.  (To see the article click here.)  As pointed out in the article, France, Netherlands, and Australia automatically provide postpartum moms with 6-12 pelvic physical therapy treatments. Meanwhile, here in the US postpartum moms are rarely told by their OB/GYNs to attend physical therapy. When …

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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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The Ultimate Solution To Help Mothers Reconnect With Their Bodies And Rebuild Post-Baby Foundations

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health, Stress Urinary Incontinence by Stephanie Prendergast1 Comment

By Wendy Powell, Postpartum Exercise Expert, Founder + CEO of MuTu System   This information relates to every woman who is having, has had, or will ever have a baby, who wants to regain full use and look of her beautiful pre-baby body (who doesn’t?). Whether she has just had a baby, has teenage children, or if she is about to give …

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How to Fix a Diastasis Recti

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by pelv_admin164 Comments

Most women seem to accept that pregnancy/childbirth changes their bodies. But, what many don’t realize is that some of these changes can be fixed. One of those “fixable” changes includes a diastasis recti (DR) (translation: the separation of the abdominal muscles), which occurs due to pregnancy. In this post, I’m going to give you a complete overview of diastasis recti, …