EP 94 - What Every Woman Needs to Know About Her Pelvic Floor

From the Show: Dr. Taz Show
Summary: Dr. Merci Ortenzi Treaster uses physical therapy to improve women's pelvic health.
Air Date: 8/7/18
Duration: 23:36
Host: Dr. Taz
Guest Bio: Merci Ortenzi Treaster PT, DPT
Dr. Merci Ortenzi TreasterA native of Georgia, Merci Ortenzi Treaster obtained her Doctorate of Physical therapy at Mercer University and a BS in Health Sciences from Georgia State University.

Merci began her pelvic floor training at Women First Rehabilitation and has received continuing education with Herman and Wallace Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Institute. In addition to her training in pelvic floor rehabilitation, Merci is also certified in trigger point dry needling. Merci completed her clinical training at Atlanta Falcons Physical Therapy, Northeast Atlanta Rehabilitation, and Women First Rehabilitation. She fell in love with the field of pelvic floor rehabilitation after witnessing patients succeed after numerous unsuccessful interventions. She has had experience working with patients recovering from musculoskeletal disorders, sports injuries, joint replacement surgery, neuromuscular disorders, as well as patients with pelvic floor disorders. Merci is passionate about the field of pelvic floor rehabilitation and strives to incorporate the latest evidence into the treatment of her patients. She is a member of the APTA section on Women’s Health.

Merci lives with her husband, soon to be son, and dog in Decatur, GA. She enjoys running with her dog around local parks and the Beltline, practicing yoga, traveling, and playing tennis. 

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EP 94 - What Every Woman Needs to Know About Her Pelvic Floor
Dr. Merci Ortenzi Treaster has a lifetime of women’s health education. Joining her mother when treating women’s issues, Dr. Treaster discovered that the physical therapy aspect of women’s health was lacking.

Many conditions automatically mandate physical therapy after trauma or surgery. Childbirth, however, isn’t typically considered a condition that would require rehabilitation. The stretched and torn muscles deserve treatment.

Weakened pelvic floor muscles can be aided by proper breathing. The pelvic floor should relax on the inhale and contract on the exhale.

Dr. Treaster also recommends posture correction. Focus on achieving a neutral pelvis in daily activities.

Listen as Dr. Treaster joins Dr. Taz to discuss pelvic health physical therapy.