In November we had the pleasure of visiting Thrive Women’s Health Physical Therapy, and sitting down with the owner, Meredith Rassam, to talk a little bit about her business and why moms should see a pelvic floor therapist.
Pelvic floor physical therapy involves biofeedback and exercises to encourage relaxation and strengthening of the muscles of the lower pelvis. Pelvic floor physical therapy can help address sexual problems by improving chronic vaginal or pelvic pain and urinary incontinence.
Meredith Rassam is a women’s health physical therapist. She has been a PT for 15 years and in the last 4 years has devoted much of her time to learning about and treating women’s health clients. After having her second child, Meredith wanted to jump back into running and living the active lifestyle that she was used to. Stress and urge incontinence prevented her from enjoying higher level activity and instead of being a stress relief was a major cause of stress. Unable to pursue these activities, Meredith started studying and reading more about women’s health as well as taking courses and was able to help herself. Now, at Thrive Women’s Health Physical Therapy, she hopes to help many women who struggle with incontinence, Diastasis Recti, pelvic organ prolapse and other common (but not normal!) diagnosis’ many postpartum women have.
About 6 months ago, Meredith felt a strong urge to create more for her patients; to create a space that was comfortable, supportive, calming and healing to treat women who have pelvic floor dysfunction. She was lucky enough to meet Faith at Relief Acupuncture who had extra space in her clinic, which was exactly the environment that she was looking for.
It is important that you have quality time with your physical therapist. This allows a thorough evaluation or treatment to be given each time you are here. Each session is at least an hour and they do not provide cookie cutter treatments. Meredith’s goal is to work with you to improve your symptoms and improve your function as quickly as possible. Because of her own journey and the somewhat limited knowledge out there in the world of pelvic health, she wants to educate as many women as she can. She strives to help women feel strong again, to have less pain, and to thrive in their life!
Make an Appointment
If you want to make an appointment with Meredith, give her a call (717-685-9548) or email Thrivewhpt@gmail.com. We can check your benefits and see if you are covered for therapy. Then we will schedule your appointment and Meredith with complete a 1-2 hour evaluation. At Thrive, we are able to take the time to get a full history of your symptoms. When did your symptoms start, how much pain are you in, what was your birth like?, etc. Getting a full history helps guide the evaluation. Then we gather objective date – range of motion of your hips and back. Your strength is tested, flexibility is assessed. Tenderness to any ligaments, muscles or tendons is assessed as well. We look at posture and breathing. Once the orthopedic evaluation is complete, if comfortable, we will complete a pelvic floor assessment. This looks at the muscles of the pelvic floor, in and around the vaginal opening. We make sure the pelvic floor can contract, relax and lengthen properly. Similarly to muscles in the other parts of the body, we feel for any tenderness in the pelvic floor. We assess the strength of the pelvic floor, make sure all levels are able to contract. We assess the resting level of the pelvic floor – is it too tight? Or too weak? Once all this is tested, Meredith will develop a comprehensive home exercise program for you to begin working on. Ideally, we will meet every 1-2 weeks for 6-8 weeks to see how things are going and to properly progress your home exercises. Consistency is key for improvement of symptoms!
Thrive Women’s Health Physical Therapy is located at
7 Route 31 Pennington, NJ 08534