My name is Mary Morgan, and I am the newest PT to the Active Recovery team. I am very excited to serve this community by providing physical therapy for pelvic floor dysfunction and associated conditions. I have a passion for providing women optimal care when preparing for a pregnancy, during all stages of pregnancy, postpartum recovery and women with pain and dysfunction due to past pregnancy.

The challenges throughout my own pregnancy and postpartum recovery, motivated me to learn more about improving care for my body, mind and spirit. My personal experience combined with specialized educational courses gives me confidence in providing optimal care to men and women with pelvic floor pain and dysfunction. I am working towards a Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification which will make me a specialist and expert in this field of PT. As I work towards the certification requirements I will be continuing to stay tuned to the best techniques and latest research for treating pelvic floor dysfunction.

One of my goals is to help educate the public about the pelvic floor and how it is involved in everyday life. The pelvic floor consists of a “sling” of muscles, also referred to as the pelvic diaphragm, that work together to support the bottom of portion of your core. Imagine your core as a pressurized cylinder, “topped off” by the respiratory diaphragm (near the bottom of the rib cage) and “closed off” by the pelvic diaphragm (near the bottom of the pelvis). Your pelvic floor supports organs, assists in sphincter control, provides sexual function, and offers stability. It also plays a vital role in healthy posture and breathing. Below is a list of a few common dysfunctions that physical therapy can assist you with.

Urinary/bowel incontinence
Diastasis recti
Tailbone pain
Back pain
Sciatic nerve pain
SI joint pain
Pelvic floor pain
Pain with intercourse
Prenatal body preparation
Body mechanics / “Mommy mechanics”
Delivery preparation
Post-natal recovery
Scar management
Post-partum running
Organ prolapse
Pubic symphysis pain  

I believe in treating the person as a whole, so it is a good reminder that pelvic floor physical therapy is one of many options available. The pelvic floor works simultaneously with other systems of the body, making it an integral part of overall health. Many pelvic floor dysfunctions are highly correlated with orthopedic complaints. The choice of treatment is dependent upon the root cause of pain. We will help you make the right decision for your body. If you are unsure if pelvic floor physical therapy is right for you, call us. We will help!

Stay tuned for more detailed blog posts about the anatomy and function/dysfunction of the pelvic floor.

Mary Morgan East PT, DPT