Many times the symptoms we experience aren’t coming from where we think, and the true source of dysfunction can be surprising. For instance, your pelvic muscles impact so many different areas in your body and can create issues like constipation, gut imbalances like SIBO, or even back pain.
Pelvic floor therapy has been ignored and even stigmatized for years, but women (and men!) are starting to demand better care and the health community is responding with treatments that can make a real difference in patients’ quality of life.
In this episode, Seth is joined by Amy Healy, PT to discuss everything you need to know about pelvic floor therapy but were afraid to ask.
Amy is a lymphedema therapist, a pelvic rehabilitation therapist, and physical therapist. She is based in Lebanon, NH where she runs her own practice, True North Pelvic PT. She specializes in John Barnes Myofascial release and uses pelvic floor therapy to treat many ailments like constipation, incontinence, and pelvic pain.
Tune in as Seth and Amy discuss:
- The evolution of Amy’s career and the eye-opening experience that led her to pelvic floor therapy
- The silence & stigma that usually surrounds pelvic floor therapy
- Amy’s own story of how she used pelvic floor therapy to treat her constipation
- What myofascial release is and how Amy utilizes this therapy in her practice
- What a pelvic floor therapy session looks like
- Using breath as an intervention for bladder and rectum issues
- Developing listening skills as a clinician
- Treating SIBO (Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) without antibiotics
- Using pelvic floor therapy to treat digestive issues
- The muscles of the pelvic floor and why they are so important
Amy’s health tip: Make self-care obligatory. Truly take care of yourself and do things you enjoy.
More About Amy Healy, PT and True North Pelvic PT
Amy has been a physical therapist for 30 years and has never stopped her pursuit of continuing education.
She became certified as a lymphedema therapist in 2005 and as a pelvic rehabilitation therapist in 2019, she believes in the art of manual therapy, myofascial release, and the science of exercise progression. Amy is extremely passionate about helping women maintain vibrancy and to facilitate a healthy transition through perimenopause and menopausal years.
But Amy also loves helping men and women, with a host of other symptoms and conditions related to pelvic floor dysfunction. She works with people who have chronic constipation, gastrointestinal dysfunction, incontinence, pelvic pain and so much more.
To learn more about Amy and True North Pelvic PT, head over to Truenorthpelvicpt.com
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About the Author: Dr. Seth Osgood is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) Certified Practitioner. Dr. Osgood received his post-graduate training in Functional Medicine through the IFM and from working with Dr. Amy Myers. He has helped people from around the world improve their health utilizing a Functional Medicine approach.
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