A Message from Beth
I offer this website not only to explain what I do, but also as an opening to those who need hope, support, answers, guidance and information. There is a lot of information on the web – some good, some not so good. I am providing links to reliable websites, articles, and information (be patient…this is a work in progress). I hope this helps in part to guide those who hurt, burn, leak, can’t go, go to much, can’t sit, can’t stand, ache, feel alone, frustrated or in pain.
What is “Pelvic rehab” anyway? It may be defined generally as physical therapy to restore the pelvic region to a more functional and/or less painful state. Reasons for seeking pelvic rehab may include anything from pain to leakage to lack of coordination. Treatment of bladder, genital, abdominal, pelvic girdle and bowel dysfunction with physical therapy is well-studied and proven effective (especially incontinence, prolapse, urgency and frequency). It is thrilling to know we can regain control over our bodies, in many cases without surgery and pharmacology. Physical therapy is one of the least invasive and most beneficial methods for treating functional abdominal, bowel, bladder and sexual dysfunctions.
What about pelvic pain specifically? While the treatment for pain in the pelvic region is different than bowel or bladder treatment, many of the interventions may overlap. Research regarding pelvic pain (and chronic pain in general) has been undergoing a major and exciting transformation over the past 10-20 years (see Resources section for links to pain research websites). Along with that research, PT techniques for pain reduction have radically changed as well.
Do you just treat the pelvis? The pelvic region encompasses the areas from the abdomen/mid-back to the upper thighs (this includes all of the organs, muscles, joints/bones, connective tissue and lymphatics). Evaluation and treatment for pelvic conditions, however, usually includes more bodily regions than just the pelvis. Complete treatment must address any issues from head to toe since all areas of the body affect each other. Effective treatment also may include more disciplines than physical therapy alone. A good PT will address all aspects of care required for a client’s full recovery, including working closely with other providers (physicians, performance specialists, counselors, chiropractors, massage therapists, nutritionists, etc).
What’s different about your approach versus pelvic PT I had 10 years ago? There have been many changes addressing more holistic treatment of pelvic health issues. Activcore in Druid Hills is not just a new location, but a new concept in pelvic health physical therapy that integrates manual techniques and neurologic re-education (in part with Redcord apparatus) with safe, pain-free and effective progression into wellness, activity, function and exercise.
How on Earth did you get into this? I find the abdominal and pelvic region fascinating – that’s the best reason I can give. I learn from my highly-motivated and educated patients daily, from dedicated researchers, clinicians and body-workers every chance I get, and from a variety of research sources, books, articles, blogs and websites as often as possible. In exchange, I offer the most caring, effective, educated and intuitive treatment of which I am able for relief of whatever brings you through my door.
Thank you for visiting! I welcome any comments or questions you may have!