Womens’ Health and Pelvic Pain

Women’s Health at Good Health Physical Therapy & Wellness

As of 2014, Emily DeCarlo, MPT, has added pelvic care and breast health treatment to her clinical offerings.  Emily has over 25 years of physical therapy experience treating pain and trauma.  She has added to this wealth of knowledge techniques learned from the John Barnes Myofascial Release (MFR) methodology.  Myofascial Release can be described in lay terms as a holistic technique that uses gentile sustained pressure and body connectedness.  Emily is trained to safely and effectively use these tools for external as well as internal physical therapy.

Emily now offers effective treatment for:

  • Pelvic, vaginal, and rectal pain syndromes.
  • Breast cancer, breast implants, and breast reductions.
  • Menstrual pain, endometriosis, and fertility issues.
  • Postpartum issues such as pelvic instability or injury, soft tissue tears and scars, back and hip pain, nursing support, and rehabilitation of core weakness.
  • Reduction in holding patterns related to abuse.

At this time, Emily does not use equipment such as biofeedback, electric stimulation, or stretching devices.  If these types of equipment are necessary for your care, Emily will refer you to the appropriate practitioners.

The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach is considered to be the ultimate mind/body therapy that is safe, gentle and consistently effective in producing results that last.   In 2013, Good Health Physical Therapy & Wellness Therapist Emily DeCarlo attended the Barnes’ seminar in Myofascial Release for the pelvic floor.  Emily DeCarlo has over twenty years of clinical physical therapy experience and is excited to add this additional therapy.  This treatment is specialized and only a few therapist in the greater Portland area offer this much needed therapy.  Myofascial Release for the pelvic floor is particularly beneficial for individuals who suffer from the following conditions:

  • volvodynia
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Menstrual Problems
  • Painful Intercourse
  • Coocydynia
  • Endomentriosis
  • Infertility Problems
  • Episiotomy Scars
  • Pelvic Floor Pain
  • Pudendal Nerve Entrapment
  • Mastectomy Pain
  • Problematic Breast Implant/Reduction Scars

Importance of additional support.

Working through any pain or injury brings up emotions, feelings and memories.  A simple injury is usually pretty straight forwarded without complicated emotions.  Traumatic injuries such as an auto accident or conditions that significantly change ones lifestyle are often accompanied by emotions that may be best supported by a trained mental health counselor.  For our clients who have a history of abuse, we strongly encourage you to consider counseling support during your care as this work can provoke strong feelings and memories.

Insurance concerns and coordinating your care with your other wellness providers.

Emily is happy to collaborate with your MD, DO, DC, Lac, NP or other wellness provider.  Good Health Physical Therapy & Wellness takes most insurances including Medicare.  Oregon law now allows for “Direct Access” to physical therapy.  This means you can legally seek the care of a physical therapist without orders or a prescription from your doctor.  Please keep in mind that your insurance company may require a prescription or a referral.  Our excellent administrative staff is more than happy to help determine what requirements your individual insurance company may require.


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