The Juna Women Podcast is a weekly discussion where Juna Founder, Sarah Kuhn, talks to Moms about their health, work, parenting, and all the different ways they’re keeping it together.
This is Episode 021, The Postpartum Vagina (Pt. 1) with Marcy Crouch.
In this episode Sarah talks with Marcy Crouch, a women’s physical therapist specializing in the pelvic floor.
They talk about postpartum care in the US and the rise of PTs specializing in pelvic floor help. pelvic floor health and importance of a functional core and the ways we can work the pelvic floor through breath work and exercise. we also get into pubic symphysis diastasis, painful sex, episiotomies, perineal massage, and perineal tearing.
If you are pregnant and the word pelvic floor is a little foreign to you this is the episode to listen to. If you’re not foreign to the pelvic floor, you’ll STILL learn a lot!
7:30 – How Pelvic Floor PT has grown and in recent years and what women were doing who had issues with their pelvic floor before we started talking about this topic more openly
12:45 – How little women know about the pelvic floor before becoming pregnant and having babies
19:25 – When you may want to seek the care of a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist
23:00 – What is the pelvic floor? An overview for beginners
32:49 – The things women can do during pregnancy to strength and prepare for labor.
37:11 – All about Perineal Massage
40:37 – The importance of diaphragmatic breathing
54:39 – Tearing. Sometimes the skin between the vagina and anus (the perineum) might tear or be cut by a doctor or midwife to allow the baby out. This is called an episiotomy
Marcy Crouch, PT, DPT, CLT, WCS
Marcy L. Crouch, PT, DPT, CLT, WCS received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2010. She then completed a Women’s Health Residency program in Dallas, TX where she focused on all aspects of pelvic floor dysfunction, pregnancy and postpartum musculoskeletal issues, and breast cancer rehabilitation. She then obtained her WCS, which identifies her as Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Women’s Health Physical Therapy.
She has taught pregnancy and sexual health courses in the community, as well as continuing education courses for physical therapists both nationally and internationally. She is also active in the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association, having served on the Student Special Interest Group as well as leadership roles over the last few years. She is a 2012 recipient of the APTA’s Emerging Leader Award, and has taught at the University of Portland as an adjunct faculty member in the Biology Department.
Marcy has worked in private practice and hospital outpatient clinics in Texas, Northern California, and Oregon, and now lives in Southern California and is the proud owner of Restorative Pelvic Physical Therapy, INC. Her passion lies in treating complex pelvic pain and pelvic floor dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, and the obstetric and postpartum population, as well as treating patients undergoing SRS and transitioning from male to female. She is a manual therapist, and although manual therapy is one important component of her work, she also believes in the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to treating chronic pelvic pain, and the incorporation of different disciplines and expertise to offer the best care possible for patients. She believes in educating patients and empowering them to become active participants in their care. Her aim is to develop unique and personalized programs of therapy to best suit patients’ needs and goals.
She is the mother to two amazing boys, and she has first hand experience of pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. She’ll help guide your care with professional and personal experience, and knows the demands of motherhood. Your program will be uniquely tailored to you, with manageable and realistic exercises and goals. All therapy, no fluff.
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