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Top Pelvic Core Therapist at Gunnison Valley Health

Community members in the Gunnison Valley suffering from pelvic core dysfunction now have access to one of the top qualified pelvic core specialists in the nation.

Gunnison Valley Health’s Physical Therapist, Emily Parsons PT, DPT, recently completed her Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification giving her one of the highest qualifications available in the field of Pelvic Core Therapy.

“Thousands of women in the nation suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction and do not know where to turn for help,” said Dr. Parsons. “To be able to empower women to feel amazing about themselves and for them to once again enjoy an active life is rewarding,” she said.

Pelvic core dysfunction is characterized by an array of symptoms and can often be overlooked or misdiagnosed. Dr. Parsons said for women the main symptoms include pain with sexual activity, pelvic area pain while sitting, lower back pain, post-surgery scar pain, urinary incontinence and constipation with bowel movements. She also commented that around 25 percent of men suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction especially those in heavy lifting positions.

“Individuals who have had abdominal surgery including a hernia, caesarean, tummy tuck or have experienced child birth are at risk of developing a pelvic core dysfunction,” said Dr. Parsons. “Pelvic core therapy focuses on strengthening muscles around the entire core region including muscles in the hip, lumbar and sacroiliac joints,” she said.

Gunnison Valley Health’s Director of Rehabilitation and Athletic Medicine Ginny Wolfe PT, DPT, said educating the community and creating awareness about the importance of strengthening the pelvic core will help prevent medical problems in the future.

“As one of only 300 people in the nation with this level of qualification, Emily’s specialized training in pelvic core therapy will not only help those suffering with the dysfunction, she can also provide valuable assistance now to prevent these conditions becoming an issue later on life,” said Dr. Wolfe.

“We are thrilled with Emily’s achievements and the opportunity to offer this high level of specialized therapy in our rural community,” she said.

For more information about Pelvic Core Therapy, please contact Gunnison Valley Health’s Rehab and Athletic Medicine department at 970-641-7248 or visit www.gunnisonvalleyhealth.org.