Where Healing Begins
Dr. Colleen Gest, PT, DPT, WCS
Two weekends ago I was able to get out for a hike to Fisher's Point via beautiful Sandy's Canyon in Flagstaff, AZ. Sandy’s Canyon is quite possibly my absolute favorite place to hike. It’s relatively quiet early in the day but gets busier as the day goes on. It has flat sections and some climbs depending on if you want to go all the way up to Fisher’s Point to the lookout or not. It has shade and also a sunny canyon bottom with many wildflowers. It even has a little cave. Kids and pups can hike it too, depending on their level of hiking experience (that's my 10 month old puppy, Kaia, in the video)!
As a pelvic floor physical therapist, of course I had to think about pelvic floor stuff on this gorgeous hike! Something I hear often from folks I treat for pelvic floor issues is that it’s hard to hike or hike for as long as they would like. I’ve successfully treated people who’ve been limited in hiking by many different pelvic symptoms such as:
These symptoms are often due to treatable pelvic floor muscle problems. Because of these issues, people often modify their hiking or avoid hiking altogether. My patients with these symptoms have reported to me that they’ve had to:
If you love to hike like many of us in Arizona do, and are finding yourself limited by pelvic floor issues, it might be time to come see a pelvic floor physical therapist. As a pelvic floor physical therapist, my goal is to get at the root of why you’re having your pelvic symptoms, help you change any modifiable factors, and get you back to doing what you love to do. That may mean:
Do you wish you could hike more in our beautiful Northern Arizona? Fall is coming and I can’t wait to walk around in the beautiful aspens as the weather cools down. If you’d like to talk about your pelvic floor symptoms and get some relief, contact me using the contact form, or call Foundations Physical Therapy at (928) 350-8270. I look forward to helping you figure out how to hike and live the life you want to live, without pelvic floor muscle problems limiting you.
Meet Dr. Colleen Gest
Dr. Colleen Gest is a Board-Certified Women’s Health Physical Therapist who graduated from Northern Arizona’s Doctoral Physical Therapy program in 2009. She has been treating people of all ages and genders with pelvic floor conditions and during and after pregnancies since then. She became board certified in women’s health physical therapy in 2019, which requires additional training and demonstrates her extensive practice and study in treating pelvic floor dysfunction and women’s health issues. Dr. Colleen Gest believes treatment of pelvic floor issues and perinatal musculoskeletal health conditions is a valuable and under-served area of healthcare. She recognizes the importance of the intersection of pelvic and perinatal health with race, financial health, gender and many other factors and strives to provide equality pelvic physical therapy treatment for all.
Dr. Colleen Gest, PT, DPT, WCS
403 W. Birch Ave. #1
Flagstaff, AZ 86001