I've had pain for a very long time. How can working with an occupational therapist help me?
Occupational therapy focuses on habits, routines and rituals that we can shift in order to promote healing. New research within the field of pain science is emerging and shows that pain is created in the brain, and chronic pain (pain lasting over three months) is a sign that the brain thinks it is in danger. Therefore, changing small elements of your thought patterns, environment, and routines can have a profound effect on your experience and perception of pain.
Furthermore, Cait teaches self care practices and pacing in order to avoid "the roller coaster" of being completely fatigued and able to exert 0%, and then having a burst of energy and exerting 100%, then being totally fatigued at 0% again. Working with Cait can teach you sustainable skills you can take with you long after treatment is over.
I know about physical therapy for pelvic floor dysfunction, but I've never heard about occupational therapy for pelvic health. What is the difference? Can I see both a pelvic floor PT and OT?
Yes, physical therapists have traditionally been the primary providers to care for pelvic floor dysfunction. Physical therapists have extensive manual and orthopedic training which makes them great providers!
However, there is much more to pelvic health than physical dysfunction. In addition to training through Herman and Wallace, a leading pelvic health educating system, Cait has trained with multiple physical therapists to learn manual skills and anatomy of the pelvic floor. As an occupational therapist, she brings a holistic training in mental health and self care that translates physical healing into a sustainable every day practice.
You can absolutely see both a physical and occupational therapist for pelvic health concerns. The two disciplines are meant to work together!
Does yoga have to be a part of my treatment with Cait?
Absolutely not! While yoga is a big part of Cait's training and influences her practice as an occupational therapist, you do not ever need to whip out a yoga mat. How much you choose to integrate yoga is completely up to you!
I'm interested in yoga, but I've never done it before, and I have some pretty serious injuries. Is working with Cait appropriate for me?
Yes! Because of Cait's extensive anatomy training, we often begin working in very simple, subtle positions that you may not recognize as "yoga" at all. We prioritize your comfort and alignment.
Because of the nature of chronic pain - a generally over-excited nervous system - restorative yoga, where well-aligned poses are held for a longer period of time with ample support, is often the most effective way to start a practice. This can be paired with alignment-based, more active poses, to meet your needs. We can also work on a simple and critical task - how to breathe correctly!
I recently had a baby. Can my baby be present in our session?
Yes, this is absolutely okay! In fact, caring for a child can be a major strain on one's body, so we may integrate proper ways to hold and carry your child into treatment.
Do you take insurance?
I do not take insurance and am considered an "out of network provider." This benefits you because it allows me to focus on your care and give you optimal treatment time.