I launched The Pliable Pelvis in May 2020, as we crept out of the depths of an almost eight-week Stay Home, Stay Healthy order (aka ‘Shelter in Place’) due to the covid-19 pandemic. What a time this has been! There’s a saying, Never let a crisis go to waste. Just like everyone else during the covid crisis, I found my life dramatically changed, and some of it, for the better. As a physical therapist who works for a (wonderful) small privately-owned Pilates-based practice, my colleagues and I saw our caseloads dramatically reduce to peanuts in March. Finally, we closed our doors with the Shelter in Place order. Thankfully, we were able to launch telehealth somewhat successfully in early April (the benefits of telehealth have been many – see my other blog post). Relying upon telehealth (and quite honestly, having waaaay more free time on my hands) dramatically changed my life personally and professionally. It promoted thinking outside the box and allowed time for introspection and deep diving into topics/ideas that I might not otherwise have had time nor energy to even pursue. Slowing down was just as necessary for me as it was for everyone else. It helped me reprioritize my own needs (what a novel idea) and hone other activities that foster my own joy and personal (and, hey, professional) growth. The introverted side of me burst out of her shell and came out to shine in full force. Perhaps this was my body/mind’s way of keeping me sane during a crazy time…
And that’s how it happened. Covid made me do it. As it turns out, I have a growing love of writing. I have been writing much of the content for our clinic blog and enjoy reading what other clinicians write as well (I do love the shared responsibility approach). As a busy clinician, time and energy to write is usually somewhat nil. When I have the time and mental bandwidth, I enjoy spreading ideas and information that can reach beyond the clinic walls. While I’m not good at keeping up with snippet posts on Instagram and Facebook, I do have a knack for writing deeper dive content and sharing it with people who want to read it.
In the clinic, when postpartum women so honestly share their feelings of frustration and despair that their pelvic region just ‘doesn’t feel right’ and that they don’t know where to begin because no one ever talks about this stuff, it strikes me in my heart of hearts. Postpartum women need more support. They need to be heard, listened to, and validated. They know their bodies better than what we, as providers, know their bodies. According to the CDC, are as many as ~2.5 million women in the US who deliver babies vaginally each year and another ~1.2 million who undergo c-sections. All too commonly, they don’t receive the care they need postpartum. They are left to their own devices and a lot of times, to be quite honest, the shit hits the fan. This is like asking the ~100K folks out there who undergo ACL reconstruction to have their surgery and then carry on with life like nothing happened afterwards (that is, without rehab or any type of post-operative support). We know this doesn’t happen, and nor do we want it to! Here in the US, pelvic health physical therapists simply just want more postpartum women to receive more care for their mounting postpartum concerns and needs.
Because time and resources are often limited for postpartum moms, getting information to women that can help them, even in tiny bite-sized pieces, is super beneficial this day in age. After all, particularly post-covid, almost everything they need or want can be found via telehealth or online. If anything in this blog sparks an idea or a question, drop a line! Like I said, I’m using my blog as a platform to initiate conversation and help postpartum women ignite that inner fire to take charge of their pelvic girdle pain.