What makes Core Functional Wellness different? We offer Occupational Therapy for the treatment of your sensitive, painful, or even embarrassing issues “down there” that are holding you back and keeping you from fully enjoying your life. Occupational Therapy is holistic and integrative. The result:
you are quickly empowered to take back control of your health
you may resolve your bothersome symptoms without drugs, surgery, or invasive interventions
Carol is one of only approximately 1000 Occupational Therapists practicing pelvic health in the United States. She has a BA in Psychology from UC San Diego, and master’s degrees in Education from UCLA, and in Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine. Her advanced training in pelvic floor therapy was obtained from the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. Her training and Level 3 Certification in Low-Pressure Fitness/ Hypopressive Technique was obtained from Dr. Tamara Rial through the International Hypopressive & Physical Therapy Institute. Carol is an approved practitioner of physical agent modalities (e.g., ultrasound, electrical stimulation, etc.) by the California Board of Occupational Therapy.
Carol is a mom of 3 boys and one tortoise. When not practicing occupational therapy she can likely be found at her sons’ football or basketball games, in the gym, or at the beach.
Who do I help?
People who want to resolve leaking, diastasis, prolapse, pain, or other pelvic health issues.
People that have a child who needs help with potty training, bed wetting, constipation, or other toileting issues.
People who want to learn Low-Pressure Fitness/ Hypopressive Exercise
WHAT IS PELVIC FLOOR THERAPY?
Pelvic floor physical therapy and occupational therapy address dysfunction of the pelvic floor, which is a group of muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue that span the bottom of the pelvis. These muscles actually form the base of what we commonly call the “core” muscles, and are arguably the most important part of our core.
These unsung heroes maintain our urinary and bowel continence, support our pelvic organs, and provide sexual appreciation. Due to a variety of factors, including pregnancy, childbirth, surgery, heavy lifting, high impact sports, obesity, aging, menopause, and chronic medical conditions, the pelvic floor may become weak or painful. Conditions such as urinary and/or bowel incontinence, constipation, pelvic, and/or lower back pain, painful sex, and pelvic organ prolapse can result from pelvic floor dysfunction.
Treatment may include the following:
Education in bowel, bladder, and pelvic floor muscle anatomy and function
Surface EMG biofeedback
Biofeedback and/or Neurofeedback for pain, anxiety
Transcutaneous Posterior Tibial Nerve Stimulation
PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy)
Myofascial release, scar tissue management, and visceral mobilization techniques
- Pelvic floor exercises including Kegel exercises and Hypopressive exercises
Muscle strengthening and relaxation training
Behavioral and dietary modifications
Autonomic quieting techniques
Individualized Home Exercise Program (HEP)