I hope you'll join us on Sunday, October 8th 2:00-5:00 at the Fertility Fair! We have assembled a dream team of brilliant practitioners to answer all of your questions. First up, I sat down with Michele McGurk, an amazing physical therapist who found her passion integrating holistic and highly sophisticated manual therapy techniques that help facilitate reproductive function. Visceral manipulation, myofascial release and craniosacral therapy address the whole body, promoting an optimal environment for conception, pregnancy and delivery.
Jamie: Michele, how would you explain your work?
Michele: I’m a physical therapist who specializes in women’s health. My approach to evaluation and treatment comes from an osteopathic philosophy using manual therapy skills, I typically treat women who are trying to get pregnant. I also help women who have symptoms during pregnancy, as well as offer post-partum care.
J:Why did you become a women’s health clinical specialist?
M: I’ve always been interested in pelvic health, and these past 17 years, I’ve been fortunate to study with the pioneers in the field. One thing has just lead to the other, and I now have my own practice in the Park Slope/Gowanus area of Brooklyn. There is a huge need for women’s health services, especially postpartum. That’s why I opted to study for the boards and become a women’s health clinical specialist.
J: What do you find most surprising about working with people in the midst of reproduction?
M: This isn’t really a surprise, women are having babies older now, but the level of anxiety these individuals go through is pretty intense, not to mention the cost of ART (assitive reproductive technology) if it is needed. I think there needs to be more information about alternative treatments and their benefits, which is why I’m part of the Fertility Fair! I want to educate the community and perhaps reduce the number of referrals needed for reproductive specialists.
J: What is one thing everyone considering becoming a parent should know?
M: I think it’s important for the mother to mentally and physically prepare herself for delivery. The experience can be a traumatic one for the female body, and for many women this is an unexpected event…our body has an amazing ability to heal but it heals even better with a little bit of help! Please see a pelvic floor therapist after your 6 week post partum follow up.
J: Yes! We need more postpartum follow up, especially for the pelvic floor. Thanks, Michele.
You can hear more from Michele and our other panelists (including myself) at the Fertility Fair on October 8th. Tickets are available here.
Michele McGurk, PT, WCS, PRPC danupt.com