The Top 5 Pelvic Messenger Shows of 2015

As we begin 2016, we’re reflecting on some of our favorite shows with The Pelvic Messenger last year. Read on below to learn more about these wonderful radio shows discussing pelvic health and give them a listen! Here they are, in no particular order:

Dr. Paul Nyirjesy: Management of Persistent Vaginitis
“With vaginitis remaining a common condition that leads women to seek care, it is not surprising that some women develop chronic vulvovaginal problems that are difficult to diagnose and treat.  With a differential diagnosis that encompasses vulvar disorders and infectious and noninfectious causes of vaginitis, accurate diagnosis is the cornerstone of choosing effective therapy.”

Dr. Alexandra Milspaw: Healing Chronic Pain, Trauma, & Stress with Neurotherapy
Alex Milspaw, PhD, LPC is a licensed professional counselor in private practice specializing in the treatment of trauma and chronic pelvic and sexual pain disorders. Dr. Milspaw is passionate about her work in utilizing neurotherapies to help her clients experience the healing changes in their lives as quickly as possible.

Jill Fuersich and Jordan Davidson of Endo Warriors: Endometriosis Support Group
Endo Warriors is a face to face and online support organization founded by Jill Fuersich, Jordan Davidson, and Nicole Malachi who were all diagnosed via laparoscopic surgery in 2007, 2004, and 2007, respectively. After failing to find a support group in the New York area, Jill, Nicole, and Jordan combined forces to create a safe haven for women to tell their stories, vent, and receive support from other women going through similar circumstances.

Dr. Darren Brenner: the Diagnosis and Treatment of Bowel Disorders
Dr. Brenner shared with the Pelvic Messenger audience a portion of his presentation and research on the Diagnosis and Treatment of GI Disorders, which was presented at the IPPS Annual Conference in Chicago.

Dr. Charles Butrick: Painful Bladder Syndrome/ IC – What it is and how to treat it
Dr. Charles Butrick is a practicing Urogynecologist in Overland Park, Kansas who has a practice dedicated to interstitial cystitis, the management of urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic floor reconstruction and pelvic pain disorders. This show discusses what Painful Bladder Syndrome is, its symptoms and how to diagnosis and treat this condition.


A Pelvic Messenger Double-Header!

In case you missed them this week, we had not one but TWO back to back Pelvic Messenger shows, one on Wednesday, and one today. But don’t worry, you can still listen to them online, on our blogtalkradio site! Just see below for links and details.


Wednesday’s show featured Dr. Philip Weeks, a naturopath who discussed the recipe for healing interstitial cystitis. Here is his biography, from our Pelvic Messenger site:

Philip Weeks is a leading expert on natural medicine and nutrition and a Master Herbalist and acupuncturist. Renowned for his deep understanding and knowledge of ancient medicine, he runs busy practices in London and Hereford, UK. He is deeply versed in Ayurvedic, Arabic, Chinese, and Greek medicine and synthesizes these systems in his clinical work with patients. He is the author of “Make yourself better: A practical guide to restoring your body’s well being through ancient medicine” as well as the book he will be discussing in detail today “Painful Bladder Syndrome: Controlling and Resolving Interstitial Cystitis through Natural Medicine.

You can listen to the show here.

Today’s show was a rescheduled episode, with Laurie Keefer, PhD. She discussed the psychological aspects of living with chronic pelvic pain. Her bio is here, also from The Pelvic Messenger site:

Laurie Keefer, PhD is a health psychologist and Associate Professor of Medicine in Gastroenterology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

You can listen to the show here.


Did YOU Miss Last Week’s Blog Talk Radio Show?

By Riva Preil

In case you missed The Pelvic Messenger’s STIMulating Science with Dr. Kenneth Peters on Thursday, August 21…fear not! Lucky for you, the show was recorded and is accessible online here.

Dr. Peters discussed many important and fascinating topics. He opened by describing different bladder disorders (ex. painful bladder syndrome vs. Interstitial Cystitis/IC).  He explained MANY people who think that they have IC actually DO NOT have IC, and that only a small percentage of his patients actually have it.

Dr. Peters then proceeded to explain what neuromodulation is, and he explained how it can be used to help treat various bladder disorders. He explained the difference between sacral, pudendal, and tibial nerve stimulation. In addition, he described the minimally invasive surgical procedure involved with neuromodulation implantation, and he described what to expect during the recovery phase of the “bladder pacemaker” procedure.

Finally, Dr. Peters elaborated upon emerging research in the neuromodulation arena, including neuromodulation in treating pudendal neuropathy, multiple sclerosis, patients with spinal cord injuries, and pediatric patients.  He described additional areas of interest that require further research.

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Get excited for our next show, on September 4 at 10 AM, when Dr. Sarah D. Fox will discuss her integrative treatment approach to target chronic pelvic pain.  Stay tuned for more details!   

May the Floor’s Force Be With You! (Part 2)

By Riva Preil

The theory behind The Integrated Systems Model for Disability & Pain, an approach co-developed with L-J Lee, is an evidence-based whole body/person approach to help optimize function and performance.  This approach considers regional alignment, biomechanics and control during meaningful task analysis and determines something called the ‘primary driver’ when there are multiple sites failing to transfer load well during the task being analyzed.  The primary driver is the area of the body that when treated will have the biggest impact on function and performance of the rest of the body.

Diane treats, teaches, writes, and creates.  Her enormous contributions to the world of pelvic floor physical therapy are recognized and appreciated.  Please tune in to the show on July 22 at 3 PM to experience Diane’s brilliance and creativity first hand.  For those who can’t tune in live, the show will be archived and accessible at:

Can’t wait until July 22 and thirsty for knowledge TODAY?  Previous shows are available RIGHT NOW!  Check out the links below for incredible options:

May the Floor’s Force Be With You! (Part 1)

By Riva Preil

Last week, I encouraged you to “stay tuned for more details” regarding my upcoming blog talk radio show entitled May the Floor’s Force Be With You on The Pelvic Messenger. Thank you for waiting patiently and here they are!

On the next Pelvic Messenger, Diane Lee will discuss the forces that affect the pelvic floor and how to maintain pelvic floor health.

Diane Lee has been practicing physical therapy for almost 40 years, and she is the owner and senior Therapist at Diane Lee and Associates.  Diane has been a member of the Canadian Physiotherapist Association since 1976, and she has been a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (FCAMPT) since 1981. In addition, she created the Com-pressor, a unique, patented sacroiliac support belt as well as the newly released Baby Belly Belt, a specialized pelvic support with broader applications.

Diane is internationally recognized as an expert in the field of thoracic, lumbar, sacroiliac, and pelvic disability and pain.  The fourth and latest edition of her popular book, The Pelvic Girdle, serves as a crucial guide for many practitioners.


In Case You Missed Them: Great Health Resources!

In case you missed them, here are a few great resources and insights about pelvic health from the last few weeks.

Sex Therapist Talli Rosenbaum on The Pelvic Messenger, Interviewed by Alexandra Milspaw, PhD, LPC
On The Pelvic Messenger radio show, internationally renowned sex therapist Talli Rosenbaum spoke with healthcare educator Alexandra Milspaw about using mindfulness techniques to help treat pelvic pain. Check it out here.

Invitation to Dialogue: Alternative Therapies by Dr. James Gordon, The New York Times
With rising healthcare costs, Dr. James Gordon has sought to open a dialogue about the benefits of alternative medicine in place of costly medications and surgeries. Do you think it’s a valuable option? Check out the article in the New York Times here.

Interview with Amy Stein–Author of Heal Pelvic Pain by Sara K. Sauder, DPT
Amy was interviewed by Sara K. Sauder, DPT of Sullivan Physical Therapy! Check out the link to the interview here, and read Amy’s insights into physical therapy’s role in pelvic pain.

Amy LIVE on the Air: January 30!

By Riva Preil

To whet your appetite…enjoy the pre-game show!  Amy Stein will be interviewed LIVE on The Pelvic Messenger with Robert Echenberg, MD, and Lisa Petti, an attendee from last year’s Alliance for Pelvic Pain Retreat.  The interview will be to discuss the success of last year’s retreat as well as the upcoming retreat (March 8-9 in New York City).  The interview will take place next Thursday, January 30th, at 6:00 PM EST.  Please feel free to call in and ask questions! To access the live interview next Thursday, please click the link below at that time:–interview

Questions for Alliance Interview

1.    What topics will be presented at the retreat?

In the morning, we will present and discuss what pelvic pain is and the many factors contributing to pelvic pain, the possible causes, why it is so commonly misdiagnosed, evaluation and treatment from a physician perspective, mental health and physical therapy perspective.  In the afternoon, we will have workshops with the mental health providers on topics such as: emotional aspects of chronic pain, mindfulness-based stress reduction, coping techniques for wellbeing and ways to maintain hope.  Physical therapy workshops will include gentle self-massage techniques, stretches, and relaxation techniques specific to the pelvic floor.   There will also be a question and answer session with both Dr. Echenberg and Dr. Coady, which is new this year!  There will also be yoga each morning, with Dustienne Miller, as well as 1 on 1 evaluations and/or treatments with many wonderful integrative therapists and physicians.

2.    What are your goals for the retreat?

The goals for the retreat are to create a safe learning environment where participants feel comfortable in expressing their thoughts and feelings. Furthermore, the goals of this curriculum are for patients suffering from chronic pelvic pain (CPP) to develop proficiency in the following areas:

Participants will develop and practice self-healing techniques.
Participants will create a consolidation of self-care skills acquired during the therapies.
Participants will illustrate to themselves and others that progress can be made in managing their pain.
Participants will assess the cognitive, emotional, social, spiritual, and physical consequences of their chronic pelvic pain and how these influences are affected by the pain.
Participants will develop understanding of how CPP affects their sexuality.
Participants will develop an understanding of how CPP affects their relationships with friends, family, and themselves and will learn how to better navigate these relationships.
Participants will develop an understanding of multiple treatment approaches that they can explore within their own community.
Participants will learn how to reframe their sexuality as it relates to CPP.
Participants will have an opportunity to connect with others who share their experiences and feelings related to CP.

3.    Which patients are appropriate candidates to attend the retreat?

The retreat is appropriate for: Chronic pelvic pain, Interstitial Cystitis (IC), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Vulvodynia, Vestibulitis,Non-Bacterial Prostatitis, Lichen Sclerosis, Pudendal, Neuralgia, Endometriosis, and other pelvic and genital pain disorders (including hyperarousal disorder).