Awake and Thriving

How to Treat Pelvic Health Issues with Physical Therapy

July 15, 2021 Andria Ryder
Awake and Thriving
How to Treat Pelvic Health Issues with Physical Therapy
Show Notes

Meet Dr. Sneha Gazi, a physical therapist specializing in the pelvic floor and orthopedics. She specializes in treating all forms of TMJ and pelvic health issues and particularly loves working with pre and postpartum birthing parents and their babies.

In this episode of the Awake and Thriving Podcast, Andria speaks with Dr. Gazi about how she works with TMJ and pelvic issues patients both in person and through telehealth. She describes the pelvic floor, how it works, and the different causes of pelvic problems. 

Listen in to learn how pelvic muscles are treated through physical therapy without a need for surgery. You will also learn the importance of pelvic health education, especially for pre and postpartum birthing mothers to improve their quality of life. 

“There need to be different pieces to the puzzle when it comes to pelvic health and how you’re optimizing all of those things.”- Dr. Gazi [38:07]

What you will learn:

[0:59] Dr. Gazi explains how her thoughts and how her dance background led her to physical therapy.

[3:29] The group of patients she works with in her orthopedics specialization.

[5:10] How she conducts in-house therapy plus venturing into telehealth during the pandemic.

[9:02] Why you don’t necessarily need clearing from a doctor to see a physical therapist.

[12:27] Understanding the pelvic floor and how it works.  

[16:57] Causes of loose pelvic muscles and how to strengthen them without surgery. 

[19:44] Factors that contribute to healing the prolapse in different people.

[23:21] The positive and negative effects of Kegels and vaginal weights. 

[30:28] The process of conducting the external and internal pelvic evaluation. 

[35:25] The importance of educating yourself on pelvic health to protect yourself. 

[39:52] The importance of pelvic floor health during labor to improve your quality of life.

[45:46] The causes of Diastasis recti during pregnancy and obesity and the possible treatment. 

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