Women's Health Physical Therapy
Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy:
Pelvic floor dysfunction is a disorder in the muscles and/or nerves of the pelvic floor, or in the surrounding skeletal structure. The pelvic floor muscles surround the urethra, rectum, vagina and prostate; therefore, if there is a dysfunction in these muscles it can result in urinary, bowel or sexual dysfunction in men, women and children.
Millions of Americans suffer from some type of pelvic floor problem, including incontinence, pain, and infertility. In fact, 1 in 5 will suffer from some type of pelvic dysfunction in their life time. And pelvic dysfunction is not just found in women who have had babies; nulliparous women and men can also suffer from pelvic dysfunction. If you suffer from any of the conditions listed, I want you to know that there is help! Leaking when you laugh, the inability to enjoy intercourse or spending a week on the couch each month due to pain are NOT normal and are NOT the price you pay for having babies or being female. (Yes, I heard a physician say that.)
YOU do not have to live this way.
I can help! I have taken hundreds of hours of specialty training in all areas of pelvic healthcare, movement education and pain sciences and I want to help you get back to your life.
Holistic Pelvic Physical Therapy takes a look at all of you, not just your pelvis. and is about way more than performing Kegals! I assess your alignment, pain and tissue integrity. I watch you breathe and move. I asses muscle, fascia and organ tension inside and out. In short, we'll cover everything head to toe! We'll also cover the new pain science to help you understand why you have pain. Please set aside up to 2 hours for the initial evaluation. We'll determine the frequency of your therapy after the initial evaluation.
Your treatments will include:
A Home Exercise Program (moving is the best medicine!)
Manual Therapy including myofascial mobilization, trigger point therapy, positional release, skin rolling, Gua Sha, joint mobilizations, visceral manipulation, cupping and nerve desensitization techniques
Meditation and Mindfulness Training
Self-Soft Tissue Release
A Bladder Diary if needed
Electrical Stimulation if needed
What are some of the common medical diagnoses that may benefit from Pelvic PT?
Pelvic Pain, Urinary Incontinence, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Infertility, Endometriosis, Painful Periods, Painful Intercourse, Diastasis Recti, Vulvodynia, SI Joint Pain, Hip/Low Back Pain, Pre- and Post-Natal Pain, Constipation, Abdominal Scars and Pain, Interstitial Cystitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome
How did I get Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?
Pelvic Floor Disorders can be the result of trauma to the pelvic floor (think birth, a fall), abdominal surgeries, pelvic surgeries, prolonged positioning, poor mechanics and alignment, chronic tension holding patterns, fear, sexual abuse, chronic inflammation, poor bladder and bowel habits, dietary imbalances or any of a number of combinations of the above.
I've told my Doctor about my pelvic dysfunction and they either a). gave me an antibiotic, b). told me to relax, c). told me I needed to see a psychiatrist, d). told me it was all in my head, e). told me it's completely normal for a womean who has had children, f). wanted to cut parts of me out or any of a number of other things. These are medical doctors; how can they not know what's happening and why should I believe you?
Most physicians have very little specialized training in pelvic floor muscles and dysfunction. And gynaecologists are typically trained to look at things from a pharmaceutical or surgical standpoint rather than a whole body neuromsucular approach. Physical therapists are specially trained health professionals in the fields of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular dysfunction and rehabilitation. And as a pelvic physical therapist, I have spent hundreds of hours outside of school learning all about pelvic dysfunction and rehabilitation of pelvic disorders. If you have seen other medical profesionals or physical therapists without results, please consider working with me. I can contact your physician for you for a referral.
Please contact me with any questions at 320.354.YOGA.
Other Specialty Physical Therapy Services
In addition to Pelvic PT, I offer treatment for the following:
Blocked milk ducts and mastitis in nursing mothers. Ultrasound has been shown to help open milk ducts to help you keep feeding your baby and decrease pain.
Diastasis Recti, or the excessive separation of abdominal muscles, can be painful and be a source of self-esteem issues. I'll help you retrain the core from the inside out, no sit ups required.
Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia may be helped by pain education, specific, safe movements, breath re-training, meditation and mindfulness, and self-soft tissue work.
Vaginal Steaming, also known as V-Steaming or Yoni Steaming, is an ancient practice for women's health. Traditionally, vaginal steaming was used in the post-partum time to help the new mother replenish the heat she lost during pregnancy and the birthing process. f you suffer from painful periods, short cycles, irregular cycles, have fibroids, suffer from vaginal dryness or just don't bleed bright red every month, vaginal steaming may be helpful for you. I ALWAYS recommend that you talk with your doctor about any issues you have with your menstrual cycle, but if you have seen a physician and they have told you that there is nothing wrong, it's just the way you are, vaginal steaming is a low risk, low cost way to take your menstrual health into your own hands!
Mercier Therapy for Infertility was developed by Jennifer Mercier, ND, Ph. D. L.M.T., Mercier Therapy is a deep pelvic organ visceral manipulation technique that decreases pelvic adhesions and organ restrictions, breaks down scar tissue, restores blood flow and circulation to the reproductive organs, increases mobility and brings these organs back to optimal natural function. Recent studies indicate that many causes of infertility of unknown origin may be mechanical in nature. Mercier Therapy addresses these mechanical issues via hands on organ manipulation techniques. Just as one would receive massage to the neck or back to help loosen tightness in the muscles, we can lessen restrictions between organs, muscles, fascia and skin that may be preventing the reproductive organs from working optimally. Anyone who has had an injury may develop tissue restrictions in any part of the body independent of where the injury was. If you've ever fallen on your tailbone, suffered whiplash or had the wind knocked out of you for example, you may have tissue restrictions deep inside. These tissue restrictions could be preventing you from being able to ovulate normally, prevent the egg from traveling through the Fallopian Tubes correctly, or have caused the uterus to be tilted one way or another that prevents normal function of the organ with the result being difficulty conceiving. By loosening restrictions and increasing blood flow to the organs, your pelvis is brought back to balance and Nature can do her thing.
Pre- and Post-Natal Body Balancing: It’s all about creating space and minimizing tension in mama’s body so baby can go where baby needs to go! Whether you are experiencing pain, want to encourage baby to move to a more optimal position or just want to stack the cards in your favor for an easier birth, with Pre-Natal Body Balancing, we work to create space and decrease tension through a mindful movement practice and hands on work throughout your pregnancy to optimize your chances for the birth you desire. After birth, Post-Natal Body Balancing is a nice way to help decrease pain from the work of labor and birth and helps to gently and safely get your body moving to promote optimal recovery.