PELVIC FLOOR THERAPY

 

Melissa Stendahl brings a unique blend of expertise to the physical therapy treatment table. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences from Clemson University in 2004, when she was also commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force. She served for over 11 years, transitioning to the physical therapy profession in 2010. She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Texas State University in 2013. Melissa practiced in orthopedics and sports rehabilitation in Texas and then Colorado before realizing a passion for adult pelvic health.

She recognized a significant lack of resources for women prenatal and postpartum, and for all genders suffering from pelvic issues, and became passionate about helping to change this. Melissa studied pelvic and obstetric rehabilitation with the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and the American Physical Therapy Association before moving to New York, where she trained and worked extensively in pelvic rehab at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy in Manhattan before practicing in Brooklyn. Her studies in this area revealed just how integrated the pelvic region is to injuries that are often considered non-pelvic, and she believes this expertise allows for better treatment for a variety of symptoms from head to foot.

Melissa is one of fewer than 90 practitioners to have a Certificate of Achievement in Prenatal and Postpartum Physical Therapy from the American Physical Therapy Association, with advanced training in physical therapy for fertility support, prenatal and postpartum care, labor and delivery support, high risk pregnancies, and pregnant athletes. Melissa has an extensive background in athletics, including soccer, boxing, weight training, and yoga, and enjoys combining her unique blend of skills in athletics, leadership and management to coordinate individualized and holistic rehab plans with her clients. She remains active in the NYC area providing seminar lectures and workshops to gyms, prenatal and postpartum groups, and other partners in the healthcare community. To maintain a high level of professional competency, Melissa participates in annual formal coursework, peer-to-peer training, community events, and professional conferences.

Her mission is to empower patients to achieve their full functional potential via mind and body wellness. She promotes the concept of “prehab” (preventative care to avoid injury or re-injury), and encourages active participation from patients in their own wellness, placing great emphasis on education so that each person understands their diagnosis and plan of care, and has confidence in pain and injury management.


Perinatal Consultations

Each physical therapy session is 60 minutes of one-on-one care. The initial evaluation session includes a patient history (you describe your injury or dysfunction and your needs and goals), an examination to determine a physical therapy diagnosis, and treatment. Follow-up sessions always start with an update from you, followed by a re-evaluation to assess progress/change, and the treatment. Treatment usually includes hands-on manual therapy, exercises or movement activities, and a home program to maintain gains. See FAQs for more info.


Pricing & Availability

$200 / session . $525 / 3 sessions

Fridays 9am - 12pm . By Appointment Only

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