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  • What can I expect at a typical appointment?
    Every appointment will always be 1-on-1 with Dr. Jacqueline. You can expect to spend 1.5 to 2 hours during your initial evaluation, and 60 to 90 minutes during your follow-up visits. You will likely not find this with any other provider. It is because Dr. Jacqueline can spend more focused time with you that you can get the attention and care that you deserve to heal more efficiently. Your therapy time is never rushed, and your specific concerns will always be heard. Each session typically involves some sort of assessment, manual (hands-on) therapy, personalized exercises, and a wealth of education so you know exactly what is happening in your body, why you are feeling what you're feeling, and how to prevent issues from resurfacing in the future.
  • Can you walk me through what an initial evaluation looks like?
    This first session will consist of a thorough examination and assessment focusing on your specific concerns. Dr. Jacqueline will get to know your story, discussing what brings you to pelvic PT, physical symptoms, your medical/surgical/obstetric history, specific pain or symptoms you may be experiencing, physical activity level or activities you enjoy, daily habits including bowel, bladder, and sexual function, and any specific goals for therapy, to find out what YOU want to get out of this experience. Dr. Jacqueline will then perform a physical examination centered around your discussion together, focusing on external and internal musculoskeletal components that may be contributing to your condition. Dr. Jacqueline will assess your posture, movement, mobility, and strength, and pelvic floor. The pelvic floor evaluation combines external and internal assessment of the vaginal and/or rectal area to assist in formulating a PT diagnosis and treatment, and details of this will depend on your comfort level - this can be as much or little as you prefer. From here, Dr. Jacqueline will have a good idea of what may be going on, and will then create a specific and individualized plan of care for you, and answer any questions you have surrounding physical findings, treatment, or goals.
  • Do you do hands-on work?
    Yes, almost always! Dr. Jacqueline is a skilled manual therapist, and uses hands-on techniques frequently including cupping, soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, joint mobilizations, and visceral manipulation to ease muscular tension, release fascial restrictions, and improve mobility of your tissues to decrease pain and improve function.
  • Will I just be doing Kegel exercises?
    *cringe* ...Nope! Hence the word better in Better Pelvis. We've come a long way in the last few decades when it comes to how we approach pelvic floor dysfunction. Generally, the purpose of pelvic floor physical therapy is to restore optimal function of your pelvic floor muscles. However, there are many factors that can influence the function of your pelvic floor, and therefore cause symptoms to show up in that area. The body works as a whole, not in isolated parts. Kegels may be a small portion of your rehabilitation, but definitely not always. If all problems could be solved by performing isolated squeezes, there would be a lot less people with pelvic floor dysfunction. That's why if Kegels didn't work for you in the past, you're in the right place. Dr. Jacqueline utilizes a holistic, whole-body approach, providing a wide variety of treatments to heal from pelvic floor dysfunction.
  • Do you accept insurance?
    Better Pelvis is an out-of-network or “fee-for-service” provider. We have intentionally chosen not to take insurance so that we can serve you better for the following reasons: 1. By being out of network, this allows your therapist to spend direct, one-on-one time with you. At each session, you will always spend your full therapy time with your personal Doctor of Physical Therapy and Women's & Pelvic Health Clinical Specialist. No passing you off to another therapist who doesn't know your story, or an aide who can't assess or meet your unique needs each visit. No cookie-cutter exercises for "xyz" condition. From the first session to the last, you will have continuity of care with Dr. Jacqueline who treats your whole body, not just your "diagnosis." 2. It will take less time for you to get relief that you're looking for, and your healing process will be more efficient. Unfortunately, many hospital-based or standard outpatient clinics settings have long wait times to schedule an initial visit, especially with pelvic health PTs that are hard to come by. Scheduling follow-up sessions will also depend on many factors such as approval from insurance, and the availability of the therapist who is often required to see a high volume of patients with reduced treatment time. By being out of network, you and your therapist decide how frequently you want to be seen without long wait times, which is usually every 1-2 weeks, and you will work towards your goals consistently to achieve long-lasting results without excessive gaps in care. 3. You decide what's important to you, and what level of function you need to live your best life. By being in-network, insurance puts a cap on how much time, or how much money they will pay to cover your care. Often times, insurance decides what "functional" means. This requires physical therapists to "justify" need for continued care based on the patient's progress and/or impairments, and if you have an issue that isn't "affecting your daily function" they simply will not cover the cost of services. Sadly, pelvic floor conditions usually fall under this scenario. At Better Pelvis, we believe that the patient decides what living their best life looks like, no matter how long it takes, we are here for you every step of the way to reach your goals. YOU have control over your health.
  • What payment do you accept?
    Better Pelvis is a healthcare service accepting Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA) as well as all major credit cards, checks, and cash.
  • How many visits will I need?
    Everybody is unique, and this will depend on how long the issue has been present, among other factors. However, most patients notice improvements in their symptoms within the first 1-2 sessions, and typically 4-6 sessions is adequate time to note relief. However, with longer standing issues, 8-12 sessions may be more realistic to improve pain, determine the root cause, and formulate a plan to prevent symptoms from returning.
  • Do you treat men?
    Yes! Dr. Jacqueline also treats men, and is well-equipped and experienced in treating male pelvic health conditions. All gender identities are welcome, everyone has a pelvic floor!

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