Urinary leakage with coughing, laughing, running, or jumping is common but NOT NORMAL! This can be an issue that occurs due to muscle weakness and is treatable with physical therapy.
Diastasis recti is the separation of the rectus abdominis muscles. This is normal during pregnancy, but can limit function in the post partum period. Symptoms may include "coning" at the abdomen with exercise, abdominal weakness, or abdominal/back pain.
Pain with sexual intercourse can occur post partum due to tissue changes at the vulva. Treatment includes mobilization and desensitization of the area, as well as learning better control of the pelvic floor muscles. Pain can also occur in other regions post partum such as the back, neck, or wrist. These areas can all be treated in physical therapy. Pain can occur in the pelvic and surrounding regions as well even if you have not been pregnant and can also be treated in physical therapy.
Whitney graduated with her BHS-Physical Therapy degree from the University of Louisville in 1994, earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University in 2012, and her Women’s Health Specialist Certification in 2014. She has practiced for over 25 years in numerous settings treating orthopedic and pelvic health conditions, has authored peer-reviewed publications and a book chapter on Women’s Health, and currently serves as part time faculty for A.T Still Doctor of Physical Therapy program, teaching and guest lecturing on Men’s and Women’s Health and related topics. An avid runner and marathoner, she is certified in running analysis and in the treatment of running injuries and can assess and treat issues that may be hindering running performance. She is also a board certified physical therapist-Women’s Health Clinical Specialist with advanced training in the treatment of prenatal, postnatal, and pregnancy- related musculoskeletal conditions and can assess and treat dysfunctions limiting activity as well as prescribing pregnancy- safe exercise and healthy postnatal return to exercise. An avid marathoner, NPC Bikini Competitor, and fitness enthusiast, she combines her clinical expertise and passion for wellness to bring quality care to her clientele. Whitney is also a certified personal trainer offering one-on-one in-person and virtual personal coaching with a focus on enhanced running performance, safe prenatal and postnatal return to sport/exercise, and general health and fitness goals and physique improvement.
Kayla graduated from University of Toledo with an Exercise Science Degree before graduating with her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Bellarmine University. Kayla enjoys exercising and previously participated in soccer, cross country, and track. Kayla’s background in athletics, her fascination with movement patterns, and love of service led Kayla to her career in PT. Kayla treats all musculoskeletal conditions and utilizes dry needling as a treatment approach in combination with therapeutic exercise and other manual therapy techniques. She specializes in working with geriatric populations on fall prevention and balance, physical/psychosocial wellbeing, strength/conditioning, quality of life preservation, maintenance of independence, cardiovascular conditioning, mobility, and health/wellness. Kayla also has an extensive background in Women's and Pelvic Health. She works with women to manage low back/pelvic/SI pain, reduce prevalence of postpartum incontinence, maintain fitness levels during pregnancy, return to exercise postpartum, reduce postpartum recovery time, and recover from diastasis recti. Kayla is married to her husband Paul, and they share two mini aussiedoodles named Bert and Ellie. Outside of work, Kayla enjoys traveling around the world, spending time with family and friends, and eating all different types of foods.
Amanda graduated from Emory University with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2018. Prior to physical therapy school, she worked as a personal trainer while completing her Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology at Georgia Southern University. Amanda treats all orthopedic conditions, and has specialty training and certification in pelvic health and postnatal care, sports injuries, as well as vestibular dysfunction and dizziness. She utilizes manual therapy, dry needling, therapeutic exercise, and functional training to facilitate improvements in pain and function. Amanda is eager to provide clients with one-on-one, individualized care to help them reach their goals. She is an avid rock climber and enjoys traveling for bouldering and sport climbing. She is passionate about exercise in all forms, and has a background in long distance running, soccer, weight lifting, yoga, and pilates. Amanda is currently pursuing completion of her COMT (Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist) specialty certification in 2022.