Pelvic Health

DEFEATED

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So last week I told you a little bit about my journey and life of having pelvic floor dysfunction and being disrespected in the healthcare system. I also mentioned to you about my journey to becoming a pelvic floor physical therapist myself. 

I started my first job fresh out of Doctorate of Physical Therapy school in 2016. I was excited, nervous, but I was SO READY to change the lives of so many women who were suffering silently.  

I started to treat in Orthopedics (shoulder, knee, back, hip, foot, etc.) until I was able to go to my courses that would allow me to treat pelvic floor dysfunction.  

On my first day of my first course, I was so conflicted with the fact that I had not learned about these techniques, treatments, or methods until now! I was upset that I had no knowledge of these treatments all the way through my doctoral program. 

I became OBSESSED.  

Then I realized that the healthcare model is not equipped for my dreams and ambitions. 

I got my training and was seeing 2-3 patients per hour. 

I was not getting paid much money, I paid a lot for school and could not pay for my living expenses. 

But most importantly. My patients were being IGNORED in the healthcare system. The complaint of incontinence or peeing your pants was considered NORMAL. It was considered to be something that "just happens." My patients were being told their pain and their dysfunctions were in their head and they needed to remember it was normal. 

I was disgusted. I was working SO hard to see my 20+ patients a day, to help them, to make them feel loved, listened to, cared for....that.... 

I burnt out and got very sick. I ended up getting so sick that I was in and out of the hospital due to the stress of the job for about 3 months.  

It's amazing how things can change in an instance. My husband and I thought I was looking at my last days as a physical therapist and potentially my last days living... 

Now I realized I had to make a HUGE move and I'll tell you about it in the following blog..... 

Look out for my blog next week with the subject line, "Dr. Kaylee Makes a Move."  

Love, 

Dr. Kaylee 

The Beginning of the Journey!

I want to thank you for being a part of my community and family again and for the support you give by reading each of these for me. 

I want to let you in to my story because my story makes me who I am today... and if you're going to have a pelvic floor physical therapist as a provider, you want to have someone that you can relate with. 

I have a 20 year history of being a dancer. I always wanted to be a professional dancer. I dreamed of it, I could taste it. But at the age of 15 my dreams were crushed by the fact that I (please understand this is extremely difficult to be letting you know) was raped. This traumatic event led me to having urinary incontinence and I would pee my pants any time I danced or I was active. I also had pelvic pain, consistent urinary tract infections, and frequent constipation because I had so much pain.  

These symptoms caused me to be so embarrassed about my condition that I would skip dance practice, I would stop trying out for the harder roles, I was just not able to reach my personal best. I was so embarrassed, I was disgusted, I was overwhelmed, I felt guilty and was so full of shame, I had no positive feelings or things to say about myself. 

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I went until I was about 25 years old (that is 10 years) of dealing with these symptoms. At that point, I was in a doctorate program to become a physical therapist and had no idea pelvic floor physical therapy existed. I went to a clinician and watched how it worked and realized I had a MASSIVE desire to exercise without peeing myself and to have sex without pain, get rid of the pelvic pain all together. I also realized I have a desire to help other women suffering silently. 

I finally went to a healthcare provider, who told me to see a counselor for my "concerns" about pain and leakage. I was observing other pelvic floor physical therapists who would hook their patients up to some machine for 15 minutes. I was running into a road block for my dream of becoming symptoms free.  

Remember how I wanted to help women and help myself? Well, I was being told I'm crazy and it couldn't be done. I was told by other pelvic floor therapists that "this is just how it's done." I felt extremely defeated.  

Next week, I'll have another blog on how this led me finding my own answers and creating the business I have today. Be on the lookout for subject line, "DEFEATED." 

See you next week! 

Love, 

Dr. Kaylee 

Meet Your Vagina Doctor Day

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Thank you so much for joining my family and being a part of my blogs. I love being able to share with you all the things about my life and things I’ve gone through. 

I want to get to know you and I think it's important that you get to know me. 

When it comes to choosing your care team, I think it's extremely important to "get" the person. So I felt I needed to let you into my story and hopefully it will resonate with you. 

Feel free to reach out to me as I would love to learn more about you too. 

I read my emails and I do not bite so feel free to tell me about yourself! 

I believe the biggest thing about choosing a healthcare provider is to truly get to know them and have a relationship with them. It is something that is missed out on a lot....and something I refuse to give up. 

Without a relationship and a connection, how in the world can I expect you to trust me with your care or to guide you?  

This month, each week you are going to get a new glimpse into my story. 

Next week, you will be reading “The Beginning of the Journey!”

See you then! 

KEY tips from the workshop yesterday...

If you missed out on the workshop, don’t worry! I’ve written this in order to give you some of the key tips from what we learned!

I feel like workshops are such a great way to introduce myself and get the information out there that no-one else is talking about. I’m so excited when I get an interactive group that asks questions.
Some of the questions asked:

What is another product to use other than tampons for my menstrual cycle?

We discussed menstrual cups and how to pick the proper size. Be sure you are looking at the labels and you may have to try a few different brands. Sometimes the “smallest size” is still too much. I use the smallest size of the diva cup and it took me a few tries to get it inserted properly!

What can I do to prevent having to pee before a workout, during, and leaking with double unders?

This is typically the most common question I get. How do I stop leaking with double unders? You first have to understand that your pelvic floor muscles can be either too tight or they can be too weak. If they are too tight, then you are resisting the bladder from releasing all of the urine. If they are too tight you have to down train the pelvic floor musculature.

We started by finding our diaphragm and figuring out if we were breathing correctly. To do this, you want to be in sitting or laying down. You will wrap your hands around your lower rib cage. You will take a deep breathe in. You want to feel your breathe in the front of your core (belly), sides, and also your low back. The reason for this is because your diaphragm attaches to all angles and you will want to make sure you are working all angles of it.

Then we laid with our legs up and we used a balloon for resistance. We were breathing in through our nose, feeling relaxation in our pelvic floor, and feeling our entire core breathe and then we breathe out to blow the balloon up. We then breathe in again without sucking air back in! It’s not as easy as it sounds!

Once you are feeling as if you are totally able to relax your pelvic floor muscles, you want to work on coordination and performing kegels with your breathing out. Once you breathe in and relax the pelvic floor, you then breathe out and contract your pelvic floor. This helps to build coordination and get the signaling to and from the bladder and brain back to normal!

We also discussed bladder habits. 1/2 your body weight in ounces of PURE WATER, no hovering or squatting over a toilet, get a squatty potty, and making sure you are relaxing the pelvic floor completely when urinating.

What is diastasis recti? How do I check for it? Is it bad to do kegels with a diastasis recti?

Diastasis recti is when your core muscles seperate from midline of your body. This does not only occur with pregnancy. It can happen to men and even women who have not been and are not pregnant.

We learned to assess for diastasis by laying on our back with our knees bent, having our fingers follow the midline of the core, and have the person lift her head. You can perform this yourself, totally doable! You are looking for if you have doming or protrusion of things coming up from midline, you are looking for sinking into the belly further, or you are looking for the muscles on the sides to contract and squeeze your fingers as well as feeling for tissue to push you up gently.

What amazing questions! It was so valuable to hear from my audience with the things that THEY want to hear and now I want to hear from you!

Please click here to schedule a time to chat with me so we can get your questions answered!


Don't Miss Out!

If you are in the Tampa Bay area, I’d love to see you at my next workshop!

I LOVE doing workshops because it gives you the opportunity to meet me in person, ask questions, and get really comfortable with talking about the things not being talked about.

I’d love for you to sign up HERE!

I will be recording and there will be availability for those of you all over the world to catch the workshop too!!

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