By Elizabeth Akincilar, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Merrimack
The pandemic has brought countless changes to PHRC and frankly, the world. In January 2020 PHRC had intentions of offering virtual health services sometime in 2020 to folks searching for information, answers, and hope with regards to their pelvic concerns. In March 2020 Covid19 hit all of us like a freight train and changed everything. In a matter of days PHRC launched its virtual health services platform and we began helping people around the world with their pelvic concerns.
Fast forward to January 2022 and our virtual program is thriving. PHRC now offers a variety of virtual health services. Often people do not understand their symptoms until they stumble upon our website, blog, or social media channels. Some people have a diagnosis but they do not have a pelvic floor physical therapist locally to help them. Other times people have a pelvic floor physical therapist but for some reason are not getting better or feel stuck in their treatment plans. Others just want another opinion from trusted experts.
PHRC Co-founders Elizabeth Akincilar, MSPT and Stephanie Prendergast, MPT primarily offer virtual consultations for complex pelvic pain syndromes such as pudendal neuralgia, vulvodynia, and endometriosis. Additionally, Elizabeth has a special interest in male pelvic pain/chronic nonbacterial prostatitis and neuropathic pelvic pain, whereas Stephanie has a special interest in menopause and Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome.
Molly Bachmann, DPT recently began offering virtual consultations to the peripartum population. She is excited to offer this service to birthing people around the world. Whether you are pregnant and are interested in learning more about how to prepare your body for birth or need help developing a birth plan and want support in navigating the birthing world, or postpartum and experiencing symptoms of pain or dysfunction and are not sure what to do, this service is for you.
Jandra Mueller, DPT, MS offers both physical therapy and nutritional virtual services. Jandra has a special interest in endometriosis and pelvic pain and has her Master of Science in Integrative Health and Nutrition. Many people living in the United States have significant concerns related to diet and concomitant health issues affecting their gastrointestinal tract, including various disease states and medication use. It is estimated that greater than 20% of Americans suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Most conventional medical practices focus on symptom management, failing to address the underlying causes of the symptoms that significantly affect our health. Integrative or Functional Nutrition focuses on identifying the root cause(s) of disease and approaches treatment from an integrative systems perspective, relying on functional lab testing, dietary analysis, and thorough health history to determine the best approaches for lifestyle and dietary management. Many people suffering from pelvic pain also have underlying gastrointestinal concerns and nutritional deficiencies that are either causing or exacerbating their pain symptoms. Working with a provider that understands chronic pelvic pain and digestive health is ideal in making a full recovery back to health!
With the growing popularity of digital health, Jandra is able to offer these services to those throughout the United States as well as internationally. Therefore, she is able to help those that would otherwise not have access to a medical provider who can address both their physical complaints as well as underlying contributors to their pain.
Melissa Patrick, DPT, RYT has spearheaded PHRC’s first offering of virtual yoga services. Melissa is both a pelvic floor physical therapist and certified yoga instructor. She combines her knowledge of movement science with her intuitive understanding of the body to guide patients towards developing a compassionate relationship with their body. For those recovering from a wide variety of pelvic health conditions, including pregnancy related pain, our one on one virtual therapeutic yoga sessions are designed to complement your physical therapy appointments and help you get back to moving with confidence, all from the comfort of your own home.
Although most of us are more than ready for life to return to “pre-Covid” status, some changes that were forced upon us, such as accelerating our virtual health services platform, are welcome changes that are here to stay. Over the last 22 months we have been honored to assist hundreds of people from around the world who were struggling with pelvic health and/or nutritional concerns and were unable to receive care locally or in-person due to the pandemic. We look forward to continuing this program to help folks navigate their health concerns and spread the word about pelvic health.
If you think you would benefit from a virtual consultation with one of our experts, you can schedule an appointment directly via our website.