Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT is the Pelvic Floor and WHY is caring for it essential?
What does a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy evaluation look like?
Your pelvic floor physical therapy evaluation will be with a board-certified Women’s Health Doctor of Physical Therapy. Kim will start by getting to know you, your medical history, and what brought you to PT, in order to better understand your current condition. You might talk about any pain you may be experiencing, your lifestyle, and more specific to pelvic health: your obstetric history, bowel/bladder habits, and sexual function. Kim will then evaluate your overall posture, mobility, strength, balance, and body mechanics. Depending on your history and symptoms, Kim may suggest an external and internal pelvic floor muscle evaluation, which can be performed vaginally or rectally to assist in diagnosis and treatment. Kim will share her findings, discuss recommendations for your plan of care, and answer any questions you have related to you meeting your goals.
Why should PT be "in-home"?
We want treatment to be accessible, comfortable, and genuinely useful in the sense that you build confidence and belief in yourself to do your exercises, practice mechanics, and get to know your body. Our concierge/mobile model gives you better access to high quality care for your pain or challenge and allows us to easily work together 1 on 1, utilizing your authentic environment as a part of treatment. Your therapist will be able to observe your mechanics while doing the things you ACTUALLY do regularly. And, being able to see and feel yourself move in new ways in your own space will help solidify and make new body techniques applicable to your daily life. You will get a sense of actually being able to do the exercises on your own, in between visits! Usually, this results in fewer and less frequent visits, while getting more personalized and thorough care at each visit.
Why are PT and Counseling sessions a full hour?
All sessions will last 1 full hour in order to give you the time and thorough treatment you deserve. We don't want you to feel rushed, and we want each and every session to count.
What is Counseling about?
Counseling can help clients struggling with major life transitions, challenges in relationships, self-doubt, self-criticism, fear, grief, difficult thoughts, feelings, and moods, balancing self-care, family, friendships, work, parenting, health, and the list goes on. We focus on figuring out what your values are, whether you're living according to those values, how past experiences, upbringing, culture, and biological factors play into how you feel about yourself, expectations you have, and how you see yourself in relationships and in the world. Counseling looks different for everybody because everyone is coming in with a unique combination of circumstances and ideas of what they hope to gain from the process. One thing that is consistent though, is Sam's aim to de-pathologize, normalize, and universalize struggles, highlighting your strengths, and most of all, emphasize that you’re not alone. Sam's here to help you sort through what you want, what you need, what’s getting in the way, and what you’re willing to do to get those things in your life.
What does a Counseling Intake look like?
We start by exploring what’s going on for you now, that sparked your reaching out for support. We’ll talk about a variety of aspects of your history, including where you live, your current family situation, social life, culture, schooling, career, family history, trauma you may have experienced, health and medical history, and previous treatment. We’ll talk about the things you want to address in your life and examine what’s contributing to those challenges. We'll explore ways you have coped in the past, what has and hasn't been helpful, and start to identify new coping strategies for practice. The biggest questions Sam emphasizes when beginning with clients are: “What do you hope to gain from being in therapy?” and "What would you like to see yourself do differently?"
Why is Mental Health important when having a baby?
What should I wear to my PT appointment?
Is it okay if I have my period when I have a PT appointment?
Having your period will not impact your physical therapy session, and we encourage you to keep your appointment. Sometimes assessment during your menstrual cycle can provide valuable information about your body and symptoms. As always, if you are uncomfortable with internal treatment at this time, you can ask to focus on other treatment options like your exercises.