Why I Became a Pelvic Health PT
Photo Credit: Mattie Lewis Photography
I get asked a lot why I became a pelvic health PT. It’s interesting and different. I help people pee, poop and have sex. Not many people want to talk about those things and I do it all day. So here’s the story...
When I graduated from PT school my husband and I traveled around the country taking jobs wherever we were needed. I learned to work with people of all different backgrounds and with all different concerns and goals.
When we were working in Boston, I was helping people with sprained ankles, back, hip and neck pain. Many met all their goals and went back to workouts, school and work without any problems. But some were not meeting all of their goals and had lingering pain. I started looking into what else I could do to help them and learned that the pelvic floor plays a large supportive role in the pelvis and back. I also started learning more about the pelvic floor while seeing a physical therapist during my first pregnancy for sacroiliac (SI) and pubic symphysis pain.
Then I had my son and we moved to Colorado. I wanted to learn more about pelvic health so I took a job in a pelvic health PT clinic. I had amazing mentorship and soaked up every bit of information I could for a year. As I incorporated pelvic floor assessment and treatment into the work with these people we found lasting results and they were able to return to working out and life without pain.
At this clinic, I realized how much the pelvic floor does for our daily activities and how much it does affect our life. The pelvic floor helps our bladder and bowels work effectively. We don’t think about how often we pee or if our bowel movements are normal until something is very wrong. It’s not a good feeling to have to run to the bathroom every time you get the urge to pee or are afraid to leave your house because you might have fecal incontinence. On top of that, many women get dismissed or ignored when bringing these problems to their providers. They get told that prolapse is normal for moms and if you only pee a little when you sneeze it’s okay. And if you have pain with sex well that’s normal and you should just deal with it. But none of that is okay! All of that is common, but very treatable.
After a year in Colorado we moved back home to DFW and settled in McKinney. I continued getting mentored and began mentoring others. Then in April 2020 I opened The Fit Pelvis. As a pelvic health PT I am able to help people feel whole again, feel excitement that there are answers to what they are feeling, help them feel like they’re not alone and they aren’t broken. I do this by helping people understand their body, the anatomy, how the muscles work, what’s normal and what’s not, and how to resolve their concerns and meet their goals. And that’s why my mission at The Fit Pelvis is to help all women feel confident and empowered.
Some of the conditions I help people overcome are:
Urinary incontinence or leakage
Pain with bladder filling or emptying
Severe menstrual pain
Back, Sacral, Coccyx, abdominal, pubic and groin pain
Fecal incontinence or Urgency
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If you’re ready to feel empowered and confident, schedule a discovery call with me and let’s talk about what we can do to help you meet your goals.