Where Healing Begins
Dr. Colleen Gest, PT, DPT, WCS
Image of a Pelvis
A very dear friend of mine suggested to me earlier this year that I should use a “more artistic” version of the pelvis for the logo of Foundations Physical Therapy. “It kind of looks like a gremlin,” he said, referring to the image I had chosen. But I didn’t want to change the logo – partly because it had taken a long time to arrive at the current design, and partly because I’m stubborn. But the main reason I didn’t want to “soften” the pelvis image is because of the mission of Foundations Physical Therapy, which is:
Foundations Physical Therapy helps return people to the life they want to live by providing equitable, accessible, and trauma-informed physical therapy for individuals with pelvic muscle dysfunction.
My well-meaning friend suggested I ought to use a line-drawing version of the pelvis, with smoothed edges, or an image of the pelvis shaped like a butterfly. Aside from the fact that I’ve helped people with their pelvic pain and incontinence issues for over a decade now, and view the pelvis very differently from most people, my main goal in using the actual anatomical image of the pelvis was to demystify the pelvis.
To me using an anatomically correct pelvis picture in the Foundations Physical Therapy logo says, “here’s a pelvis, and it’s ok to talk about the pelvis.” Because of a variety of factors involving cultural influences, people often have a difficult time talking about all things pelvic – we tend to avoid talking about sex, and sexual problems, especially pelvic pain. This is true of conversations in larger groups as well as between couples. Bladder leakage is something that is laughed about as normal, and “just a regular part” of having a baby. And fecal leakage or bladder leakage in people after a prostatectomy? It’s just not mentioned.
I believe we should and can improve our ability to discuss the mysterious pelvis. If your pelvis hurts somewhere, I want you to feel ok bringing that up with me or your medical provider. If you have bladder or bowel leakage, you don’t have to live with it forever. If you feel afraid of pressure in your pelvis or are scared to move for fear that you will put something out of alignment, we should be able to talk about that.
Here are a few interesting facts about the Foundations Physical Therapy logo and pelvis anatomy to get the conversation started:
Do you wish you could talk more about the pelvis? Do you have unanswered questions or pelvic problems? If so, please comment below, 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 live the life you want to live, without being limited due to pelvic floor muscle problems.
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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