A good starting place for searching out a trained pelvic flood therapist is through the Herman and Wallace foundation. Kathe Wallace from Seattle, WA and Hollis Herman from Boston, MA started the movement emphasizing the importance not just women’s health issues but offering training for medical providers who wish to specialize in women’s health.
What is difficult is that there is no standardization for qualifying providers who wish to call themselves women’s health specialists, and there are many different approaches. Most pelvic floor therapists will have some connection or have taken classes from Herman and Wallace.
In my experience for myself and with my patients, I found that because of the lack of standardization, I never knew what to expect by referring someone to a pelvic floor specialist. Because I still see the trend persisting where conservative (or exercise) therapy fails most often and surgical interventions are rampant, I blame this lack of standardization as a source of basically, inadequate standard of care.
Some world renowned Physical Therapist have been working for decades to change this. One is diastasis expert and creator of the Integrated Systems Model, Diane Lee, PT from Vancouver, BC. Diane’s approach is one of the best in the world and incorporates both real-time ultrasound biofeedback and a wholistic approach to the core and the body. American researcher, Jackie Whittaker taught other published multiple groundbreaking articles on both the use and superior outcomes obtained with ultrasound imaging in postpartum rehabilitation.
Based on both these women’s research and those before them since the 90s like Australian researcher Paul Hodges, I created Core System US a company that certifies medical providers as Core System Specialists, to create better consistency for my own patients as well as a more standardized training for not just Physical Therapists but Physicians, Physician Assistants (like myself) and Nurse Practitioners.
Core System US is the only company to offer this comprehensive core restorative training using point-of-care ultrasound in the USA. Medical Providers can learn more about a free online training to help you diagnose Core Dysfunction – find it at www.ultrasoundcore.com.