Thank you for choosing Active Solutions Therapy!
We’re excited to introduce our newest physical therapist, Dr. Melissa Wheeler, PT, DPT. She is a Women’s Pelvic Health Specialist and has joined our team to provide women’s health physical therapy to our amazing patients.
What is Pelvic Rehabilitation?
Pelvic physical therapy treatment addresses problems in the pelvic muscles, ligaments, and fascia which can cause related conditions in the pelvis, spine, and hip.
The purpose of pelvic rehab is to optimize the function of the pelvic muscles and other tissues to significantly improve pelvic and lower back pain, bladder and bowel incontinence, and sexual dysfunction. Pelvic rehabilitation is also very important post-pregnancy, especially before the next pregnancy! Pelvic rehab also treats diastasis recti, the tearing of the abdominal muscle tissue, which can occur with some pregnancies.
Who is Dr. Wheeler?
Melissa Wheeler is a Doctor in Physical Therapy, with a specialty in Women’s Health. Dr. Wheeler graduated from Columbia University receiving training in advanced orthopedics. Her prior background was in public health. Melissa trained in Pelvic Health through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institution.
When Melissa is not working with patients, she enjoys rock climbing, biking, and hiking with friends. As Dr. Wheeler is new to New Mexico she is enjoying exploring the state and getting acquainted with the local cuisine. To further her knowledge she reads books on nutrition, sleep, and occasionally enjoys a fictional novel.
Your individual treatment will depend on your specific needs and goals. Treatment options include biofeedback, exercises moving beyond kegels, relaxation techniques for tight muscles, diaphragmatic breathing, myofascial release, a variety of beneficial modalities, and education addressing internal and external factors.
Pelvic floor dysfunction affects women of all ages. For example, 12-32% of women who have been pregnant experience pelvic floor dysfunction (to include incontinence), and many are unaware that it is treatable.
Dr. Wheeler is looking forward to helping you. Please contact Active Solutions Therapy today for a consultation or to ask questions. We are happy to be your musculoskeletal experts!