Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?

Pelvic floor PT is a unique approach of physical therapy where we consider how the pelvic floor relates to all other body functions.  The pelvic floor is a group of muscles centrally located within our pelvis and contributes to all movements and impacts how our bodies manage pressure (cough, sneeze, pee, poop) and respond to activity (jumping, running, breathing).  It is essentially the foundation of the "core". 

 

What precautions are you following due to Covid-19?

I wear a mask without question, throughout the entire encounter. I utilize non-latex gloves when in contact with your body in any way.  My equipment is cleaned with medical grade disinfectant between sessions and linens are washed.  I will never enter your home with known clinically significant symptoms or known recent contact/exposure. You and your family's safety is of my utmost concern.  A pre-screening questionnaire may be used before EACH appointment to ensure you are symptom and exposure free to protect my safety as well.

What to expect during my first session? 

The session begins with an in-depth discussion on your health history, birth story, and/or issues you are experiencing. A typical physical therapy evaluation consists of posture and gait analysis, strength and range of motion testing, palpation of soft tissue structure, and movement testing. An internal assessment may be performed in order to determine how the pelvic floor muscles are working. The exam uses one or two fingers to assess muscle strength and tissue integrity. It does not include stirrups or speculum and you are in total control during the entire exam.  Pelvic exams are not performed in the first trimester of pregnancy and not until clearance from pelvic rest postpartum (usually around 6 weeks). 

What is virtual physical therapy, and is it worth my time?

Virtual physical therapy maintains an exceptionally high level of care, in a 1:1 setting, provided by a Doctor of Physical Therapy.  The appointment is scheduled and held using a HIPPA complaint platform. Through live video I am able to assess posture, gait, movement, flexibility, range of motion, abdominal function, and other aspects without limitations.  Pain and symptom management is provided though education and movement strategies based on extensive orthopedic and pelvic floor background.  Each session includes a follow up email to summarize instructions, education, exercise, etc.  

Do you take insurance?

My services are typically covered by your insurance's out of network physical therapy benefits.  Fees are paid at time of service and a super bill is provided that you may submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement if you choose to do so. 

I can't find your location.

I am currently using private spaces inside yoga studios in both Fredrick, MD (Sol Yoga) and Charles Town, WV (Double Iris Yoga). Please call 240-347-0022 for difficulty finding exact location, directions, or parking information.  

What if my family/kids are home or I need to bring my baby with me?

No problem, I love holding littles!  We will find a space in your home where you are comfortable and adapt the session to your home and family needs. Babies are welcome to sessions in order to allow for ease of mom attending her session, feeding on demand, reducing barriers to care such as child care.