Where Healing Begins
Dr. Colleen Gest, PT, DPT, WCS
This is a continuation of the initial blog series I have written to answer some of the most common questions I get about being a pelvic physical therapist and what our treatment involves. I hope you enjoy reading these posts, and if you have any questions after reading them, please feel free to contact me by leaving a comment below the post, filling out the contact form on the website, or by calling the office at (928)350-8270.
A pelvic floor physical therapy session is really quite similar to any other physical therapy session, except we also talk about and treat problems with muscle function “below the belt.” As you may have read in last week's post, problems with pelvic muscle function can create a lot of barriers with engaging in the activities we enjoy doing.
I think one of the big questions people really want to know the answer to is, “does pelvic floor physical therapy involve an internal examination, when does it happen, and what is it like?”
Here are some facts about that internal pelvic muscle assessment that we pelvic floor physical therapists are specifically trained to provide:
On your first visit you should expect that we will talk (a lot) and for me to ask (a lot) of questions, and hopefully you will feel comfortable asking (a lot) of questions too! We will figure out your physical therapy goals together and then do an examination (which may or may not involve that pelvic floor muscle assessment), and you will go home with some homework.
Follow up sessions will look similar, but with less examination or assessment time and more treatment time. We will check in with how your homework went, discuss progressing your exercises when appropriate, and changing some of your homework if you had difficulty with it. Honesty is important during physical therapy sessions, because if an exercise really increases your pain, I can very likely modify it. If you are not doing your home program because life is busy, we’ll talk about that and figure out some solutions together.
As always, I look forward to helping you achieve your goals with pelvic floor physical therapy, or perinatal physical therapy (for those during and after birth). Please contact me if you have any questions about this post, by sending me an email at email@example.com, or calling the office at (928)350-8270.
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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