PELVIC HEALTH & ABDOMINAL VISCERAL WORK
I believe in supporting women full circle. From fertility and conception through birth, postpartum, and beyond.
As a women's health specialist, physical therapist, and birth doula, I have met and worked with hundreds of women over the past five years. Following extensive training through the Barral Institute, I began utilizing visceral manipulation to help restore health and functionality within the female pelvis and abdominal viscera. This gentle and non-invasive technique helps to allow your pelvis and abdomen, a highly emotional space, to heal.
Traditional methods of pelvic floor therapy often hone in on the pelvic floor muscles as the source of dysfunction. However, this is often not the case. Pelvic floor dysfunction can stem from the structures surrounding the female reproductive organs such as the urinary bladder or bowel, the associated musculature, ligaments, fascia and bones, or from the reproductive organs themselves.
Our organs have to move in order to be functional. Loss of motion within the soft tissues can occur when inflammation is present. Tissue inflammation can be caused by infection, direct trauma, repetitious movement, diet, environmental toxins, surgeries, emotional stress, etc.
If you've experienced any of the following, you're in the right place...
Abdominal/Pelvic Surgeries: including, but not limited to laparoscopy, laparotomy, D&C, LEEP, abortion, cystocele or rectocele repair, c-section, bladder sling, or hysterectomy
Painful sex or dyspareunia
C-section scar pain/pulling
Interstitial cystitis/Painful bladder syndrome
Pelvic Pain: vulvodynia, vestibulodynia, vaginismus, pudendal neuralgia
Urinary urgency or frequency
Sacroiliac joint, pubic bone, or tailbone pain
Pelvic organ prolapse
Endometriosis, PCOS, or menstrual discomfort
Sexual abuse trauma
Urinary tract or yeast infections
Gastrointestinal Distress: diarrhea, constipation, fecal incontinence, hemorrhoids, gastritis, hiatal hernia, heartburn, GERD, cramping, bloating, gas
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease
VISCERAL MANIPULATION IS...
GENTLE MANUAL THERAPY THAT ENCOURAGES NORMAL TONE AND MOVEMENT BOTH WITHIN AND BETWEEN THE INTERNAL ORGANS, THEIR CONNECTIVE TISSUES, AND OTHER STRUCTURES OF THE BODY WHERE NORMAL MOTION HAS BEEN IMPAIRED
BASED ON THE PREMISE THAT MOVEMENT IS ESSENTIAL FOR LIFE AND ANY RESTRICTION WILL AFFECT OUR HEALTH
A HANDS ON THERAPY WITH THE SPECIFIC GOAL OF ALLOWING THE BODY TO SELF-CORRECT, BY EVALUATING THE ENTIRE BODY TO FIND THE SOURCE OF TENSION, INSTEAD OF FOCUSING SOLELY ON THE SITE OF PAIN
If I could describe what I do, to you, I wouldn’t choose words. You see, words are my weakness and touch is my strength. I would choose to infuse my gifts into your viscera. The way that only my hands are capable. To understand my work is to experience it. To feel it. Touch is the first sense we acquire. Our first form of communication. And this is the language I am fluent in. Non-verbal dialoguing with the body. The ability to detect subtle changes in the tissues the way a sommelier can detect a hint of tobacco in an exotic wine. It is an art. A marrying of art and science, to be exact. I will listen. Without bias or judgement as your body shares with me its story. You will feel seen and heard without ever opening your mouth. This information will ping off of the sensory receptors in my hands like a sounding board. And I’ll let you in on a little secret. One that Western medicine doesn’t want you to know. The human body possesses an innate intelligence. An ability to heal itself. While I treat, my hands become a conduit for this to occur, as I begin to dialogue with your body like catching up with an old friend. I will travel through your anatomy weaving together all of the parts of your story so that healing can occur. With my hands, my heart, and my brain.
Full Person. Full Story. Full Circle.
INITIAL EVALUATION - 60 MINS
In the evaluation, I will listen to your story about what is bringing you in to see me, in great detail. We will go over specific questions about medical history, bladder habits, bowel habits, pain, and sexual functionality and then end with an exam. Depending on your symptoms, the exam may include an internal assessment. This will allow me to gather all of the information about what might be contributing to your symptoms so that I can tailor a comprehensive plan of care for you.
TREATMENT SESSION - 60 MINS
During treatment sessions, I will listen to your tissues and utilize a variety of therapeutic modalities including, visceral manipulation, neural manipulation, negative pressure cupping, scar mobilization, fascial release techniques, internal release techniques, and more. All sessions are manual therapy based and cater to your individual needs.
I am here for you at every age and through every stage.
I DO NOT CONTRACT WITH ANY INSURANCE PROVIDERS, INCLUDING MEDICARE.
I am a small, fee-for-service clinic and collect payment at the time of service - cash, credit card, check, flexible savings accounts and health savings accounts.
CANCELLATION/NO SHOW POLICY: A $75 cancellation fee will apply to appointments cancelled less than 24-hours notice or if patient is a no call, no show for an appointment. After the first offense, any subsequent occurrences will be charged the full rate of the appointment.
"I believe that the emotional impacts of conditions such as pregnancy, birth, and menopause are just as important as the physical ones. The best doctors transcend the traditional Western medicine model and treat the whole woman. When we are able to address the physical, mental, and spiritual we are no longer just doctors, we are healers."