As a Doctor of Physical Therapy specializing in pelvic health, I committed to becoming a Board-Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist (WCS). My nearly yearlong study and preparation for this specialty certification was invaluable, and as a woman, I couldn’t believe how unaware I had been of some of the essential information I was finally learning. Honestly, I was also angry. I was angry that prior to this time, I had not been able to obtain this information in an accessible, comprehensive way.
I was especially saddened to discover that so many women are not being taken seriously and receiving the help they need. My patients—brave and courageous—have shared their stories with me, summarizing sometimes years of physical pain and emotional distress, being passed from one healthcare provider to another without answers and without being closer to a solution. I have cried and empathized with these women, and then as a result of their physical therapy treatment program, I have celebrated with them as they returned to living their life without pain and without pelvic floor dysfunction.
After becoming a Women’s Health Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association, I thought, “What am I going to do about it now?” As a full-time practicing clinician, I realized I could only help as many women each year that my scheduled allowed for—and that just wasn’t going to cut it. So, I founded Between the Hips, LLC in 2019 to provide education and empowerment on women’s health topics via writing, coaching, and speaking platforms. My book, Between the Hips: A Practical Guide for Women, is my answer to better serve and help. I hope this book opens a platform for you and other women to know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Go tell your friends, shout it at the top of your lungs, and know there is help!
Society has shamed us women into keeping quiet about issues between our hips, but not anymore. Now, through the knowledge of what is normal and what is not, you will have the power. It’s about damn time!