What is the Pelvic Floor?
The 'Pelvic Floor' is a group of muscles that provide support to the organs and control bowel and bladder function. Dysfunction and/or weakness of these muscles can result in organ prolapse, urinary or fecal incontinence, pain with pelvic examination and/or sexual activity, as well as many other conditions.
What is Women's Health or Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?
Women's Health Physical Therapy is a specialty area within physical therapy practice dedicated to the treatment of conditions unique to women. Women's Health Physical Therapists have advanced training and experience in assessment and treatment of conditions such as pelvic pain, pain and dysfunction during pregnancy, incontinence, pelvic floor dysfunction, and others. This training is achieved through post-graduate continuing education courses.
Who should see a Women's Health PT?
If you find yourself experiencing any of the following, you may be an appropriate candidate for Women's Health PT
Loss of urine with coughing, sneezing, running, physical exercise
Loss of stool or gas
Increased urge to urinate and/or increased frequency of urination
Adjusting daily routine/ avoiding social activity because of symptoms
Pain with pelvic examination or sex
Diastasis Recti post partum
Feeling of pressure or of pelvic organs dropping/ falling out
Any physical limitations or exercise limitations related to any of the above
And more. Please call or email to schedule a free consultation
Do you treat other types of patients and conditions?
Yes! My experience and specialty lends itself to treatmet of any condition involving the lower back and pelvis such as Low Back Pain, Sciatica, Disk Herniation, and more. While the majority of my clients are women, I treat men as well. If you are unsure if I would be the best fit for you, please contact me for a free consultation. If I feel like you would be better served by a therapist with a different set of skills, I will gladly help you find one locally to help you reach your goals.
I have tried Physical Therapy before without much benefit, what is different about you?
I cannot speak to your past experience, but I can tell you a little about my approach. I became a therapist to treat people. I find that I do that best when I have a full hour or more of direct one-on-one contact with you at each visit. I take a complete history at your evaluation often asking questions that go well beyond your most recent history to ensure that I have identified any potential injury sources. I listen completely to YOU, you goals, your concerns, and what you truly feel like is going on with your body. You are the expert in YOUR body after all. I am here to help connect the dots and get you set up with the appropriate treatment plan. I believe in empowering you with the tools and knowledge necessary to independently maintain your health and wellbeing, although I am always an email and appointment away if you need or want some help. I am humbled when I am chosen to be a member of your healthcare team and I am on your side to help you reach your goals. This is my treatment philosophy and my promise to you as my patient.
Where is your office located?
I have chosen a concierge/ home practice model to best support the needs of my patients and clients. This means I travel to you, on your schedule. I can work around you and your family's needs to help you get the most out of our time together. No need to hire a baby sitter or bundle the kids up to come into the clinic setting. Maintain your healthcare privacy in your own home! All I require is room enough for a yoga mat.
Do you accept insurance?
Your visit may be eligible for partial or full reimbursement through your insurance plan. I am considered an out of network provider for all insurance plans. Please complete the Insurance Benefit Worksheet to help determine your coverage. You are responsible to know what your insurance allows and reimburses. Full payment is due at time of service.
Why are you an out-of-network provider?
I have opted to remain out of network to be able to treat my patients with a high level of service including one-on-one, concierge appointments for a full 60 or 90 minutes. I have a unique approach and I am able to address your concerns with all of my 'tools', no just the ones that insurance determines are acceptible. I have also taken a considerable amount of coursework in the area of Women's and Pelvic Health. I find that my clients tend to require fewer visits and I am able to work with them to determine the best course of action without being limited by insurance regulations. This means that at each visit, you will get a full hour with me and you will never see another therapist or be asked to work with an aide, tech, or assistant. In the privacy of your own home, I find that our time tends to be more efficient with less overall distraction. The beauty of my practice is that our time together is what you want it to be. The 'savasana' to this is that often times, your insurance will reimburse you for many of the therapeutic modalities we use together.
How long are your visits?
The standard time length of a session is 60 minutes; Longer, custom appointments can be booked or will be recommended for more complicated or involved cases.
How often will I be seen?
Every person and every case is unique. After a thorough evaluation, we will discuss a plan of care and agree on an appropriate schedule that meets both of our needs. Generally speaking, I see cleints one time a week or less with visits spread out over a few months with a great deal of emphasis on self managment strategies and home exercises. However, health and wellness sessions (not reimbursable for insurance) are available to you anytime you would like. It is a lovely gift to give to yourself.
What is your policy on Cancellations?
I understand that life happens. I ask for 24 hour notifcation if you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment. You will be charged 100% of your visit cost for all services cancelled with less than 24 hour notice including PT, Yoga, and Wellness services.