Pelvic Floor Dysfunction PT in Grand Rapids

pelvic floor dysfunction PT

We provide compassionate, effective and expert pelvic floor dysfunction PT in Grand Rapids

When a person needs pelvic floor physical therapy, not knowing who might treat you for your private problem can be a concern that holds you back from getting the care you need and ending your suffering.

Dr. Maureen O’Keefe has over 20 years experience providing expert pelvic floor physical therapy to men and women who experience any type of pelvic floor dysfunction and pelvic condition.  The wisdom gained over these 20 years has helped shape her into the provider she is.  She has come to understand the human body and human nature in profound ways that inform her treatment.  She has some underlying guiding beliefs that inform the pelvic floor dysfunction PT she offers in Grand Rapids. If you are looking for someone who can treat you with compassion and expertise, contact us to learn more about out pelvic floor dysfunction recovery program.

Dr. O’Keefe’s Guiding principles for life and pelvic floor dysfunction PT: 

  • The Golden Rule is a core value:

treat someone as you would like to be treated. Dr. O’Keefe works very hard to meet your needs and treat you with compassion, respect and lovingkindness.  You will feel her carism from the first phone call.

  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction is typically a result of a combination of many things:

Identifying what these things are and treating each of them will give you the best results.

  • Partial treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction will not end your suffering and solve your pelvic problem.

Partial and ineffective treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction is, unfortunately, common.  Things such as either appointments being too short and not providing the time to comprehensively treat everything and  lack of skill and experience by the provider cause ineffective treatment to occur.

  • The body will tell you what is going on: look, listen, pay attention.

Ignoring these messages has consequences to your health.  Dr. O’Keefe’s pelvic floor dysfunction treatment program evaluates numerous areas of your body to determine all contributions to your pain.

  • Listen to your patients and they will tell you what they need.

Dr. O’Keefe truly cares about you and listens intently for clues as to what are driving considerations for your pelvic floor.  Your body knows and, with you, she will figure it out.

  • When self-care is lacking everything else suffers.

We must make the time and develop the routines into our daily life.  This is how we can offer our best to others.  Sleep, nutrition, quality relationships and connection to others, stress relief, being good to yourself, physical activitites especially outdoor activities, being kind and spirituality all need to be nurtured.

  • Education is a lifelong pursuit.

Excellence requires continual pursuit of knowledge and reflection on what works, what doesn’t work and what needs to be modified. Dr. O’Keefe is continually reading research, attending webinars, traveling to conferences and seeking out more knowledge to deliver the best, most effective pelvic floor dysfunction treatment available in Grand Rapids and beyond.  Dr. O’Keefe has found that you must be humble to continually pursue excellence; you can never think you know it all and have achieved an end-point.  There is always something around the corner to be learned.

  • Goal setting helps define your “Why”

In physical therapy and life in general, setting goals helps us to be motivated, clear about where we want to go and sets our intention each day to work towards that goal.  Goal setting is an important tool to helping us build a plan going forward so that we meet our goals.  To read a more in-depth article about goal-setting, check this out: https://positivepsychology.com/benefits-goal-setting/

  • The human body is made to move

While sitting may not be inherently bad, prolonged sitting without taking breaks is known to worsen health and can cause some severe pelvic conditions to develop that lead to pelvic floor dysfunction.   Full range of motion of joints, fascia and muscles is best, when possible.  Taking intermittent breaks from sitting is best and these can simply be short episodes of standing, climbing some stairs or walking around for a minute or two.

  • The pelvis holds a lot of power, disruption in this area can create ripple effects elsewhere.

In more than 20 years of treating pelvic floor dysfunction, Dr. O’Keefe knows that this condition causes problems in myriad areas of life.  It may be interfering with your relationships and social outings, stifling intimacy, causing anxiety, contributing to migraines, lost sleep, TM joint syndrome, bowel problems, feet problems and more.

  • The gut and microbiome are leading the way in your health.

Want to feel better? Work on gut health, it is foundational to immune health, brain health and the body functioning well.

  • Managing your stress effectively and purposefully is imperative.

Stress can effect our physiology, emotions, mood, sleep, immune system, gut health, pelvic floor, bladder, bowel and more.  Identifying and mitigating unhelpful sources of acute and chronic stress can help your pelvic floor dysfunction improve.

  • Love is what matters.

While this may sound like being loving to others, and it is, Loving yourself is equally important.  Dr. O’Keefe knows the angst and despair and brokenness that you may feel if you have pelvic floor dysfunction.  Rebuilding your sense of who you are and loving yourself while giving and receiving love from others is an important part of recovery.

We hope these insights give you an idea of what Dr. O’Keefe offers her pelvic floor dysfunction patients.  You will be in caring hands, with a person who prioritizes listening to you and meeting your goals and also helps you define a path forward to meet those goals.  If you have any questions about our pelvic floor dysfunction treatment in Grand Rapids, don’t hesitate to contact us.  We always enjoy meeting you and guiding you toward a path of recovery!

Peace,

Dr. Maureen O’Keefe