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PELVIC PHYSICAL THERAPY

Paragon Pelvic Health provides effective treatment and intervention for pelvic pain and dysfunction.

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Welcome to Paragon Pelvic Health

At Paragon Pelvic Health, we treat a complex, private and sensitive part of the body known as the pelvic region. The pelvic floor is often times overlooked in times of dysfunction and people succumb to living with painful and uncomfortable conditions that can not only be treated but oftentimes cured. We want people to know there are effective treatments for pelvic pain and dysfunction. You are certainly not alone and there is something you can do!

Dr. Aisling Linehan

“My goal is to help you navigate the healthcare system and find the resources that you need to achieve optimal health.”

Dr. Linehan graduated from Duquesne University in 2010 in an accelerated and combined Bachelors of Science (dual Biology and Health Science major and Philosophy minor) and Doctorate program (Physical Therapy). Early in her clinical rotations, she was exposed to the pelvic health field and developed an affinity to help this underserved population after seeing its life changing benefit on patients.

She has attended over 30 specialty courses regarding pelvic floor physical therapy, yoga and Pilates since starting her professional career. She takes every opportunity to improve her knowledge and mastery of the pelvic floor in order to better help her patients.

Dr. Linehan is a certified pelvic rehabilitation practitioner (PRPC) through Herman and Wallace and a member of the national vulvodynia association and international pelvic pain society.

Growing up a junior Olympic figure skater, she finds time to keep her skates on by teaching ice skating for the Special Olympics. When not treating patients, Dr. Linehan love to practice/teach yoga and spend time with her family. An Ireland native, she loves going back to visit family and friends.

Dr. Aisling Linehan PT, DPT, PRPC

Dr. Aisling Linehan

“My goal is to help you navigate the healthcare system and find the resources that you need to achieve optimal health.”

Dr. Linehan graduated from Duquesne University in 2010 in an accelerated and combined Bachelors of Science (dual Biology and Health Science major and Philosophy minor) and Doctorate program (Physical Therapy). Early in her clinical rotations, she was exposed to the pelvic health field and developed an affinity to help this underserved population after seeing its life changing benefit on patients.

She has attended over 30 specialty courses regarding pelvic floor physical therapy, yoga and Pilates since starting her professional career. She takes every opportunity to improve her knowledge and mastery of the pelvic floor in order to better help her patients.

Dr. Linehan is a certified pelvic rehabilitation practitioner (PRPC) through Herman and Wallace and a member of the national vulvodynia association and international pelvic pain society.

Growing up a junior Olympic figure skater, she finds time to keep her skates on by teaching ice skating for the Special Olympics. When not treating patients, Dr. Linehan love to practice/teach yoga and spend time with her family. An Ireland native, she loves going back to visit family and friends.

Conditions

Below is a range of conditions that can be treated by a pelvic floor therapist

Pelvic Dysfunction

  • Urinary incontinence/frequency
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Post-prostatectomy leakage
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Vaginismus
  • Vulvodynia
  • Vestibulodynia
  • Coccydynia/Tailbone pain
  • Painful intercourse
  • Prostatitis
  • Rectal pain
  • Constipation

Pregnancy Pain

  • Low back and Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)
  • Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)
  • Sciatica
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction (SIJD)
  • Preparation for Vaginal or Cesarean birth

Postpartum

  • Scar mobility: perineal and Cesarean
  • Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA)
  • Back/neck pain
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)
  • Postpartum Screens

*Here at Paragon pelvic health we offer screens to patients who are postpartum. This is not limited to the immediate postpartum period. If you have ever given birth (vaginally or by cesarean) you are considered postpartum and can be treated for any issues related to your pregnancy or delivery. It is never too late to be screened for perineal restrictions/scar tissue, POP, diastasis recti, tailbone pain and suboptimal movement patterns that include the neck, hips and back.

Pelvic FAQ

What is the pelvic floor?

The pelvic floor includes muscles that stretch from the pubic bone to the tailbone in both men and women. It consists of 3 layers of muscles that are responsible for holding up our internal organs against gravity. It is also tasked with maintaining control of bodily functions.

Truth be told, most people rarely think about the pelvic floor when it is working properly. However, when someone cannot tolerate intercourse or starts to leak urine or fecal matter; fixing the pelvic floor becomes a priority. That’s where a pelvic physical therapist comes in.

The pelvic floor is under the most stress when it has to maintain tension against a growing baby for over 9 months and then stretch enough to allow for that baby to pass when he or she is fully grown. As if that wasn’t enough work; the pelvic floor hardly gets a chance to rest and recover after delivery because it still has the responsibility of maintaining urinary and fecal continence.

Just like other muscles in the body; the pelvic floor can be weak, strong, shortened, elongated and/or in spasm. The muscles of the pelvic floor work the best when they are pliable and stretchy, with a soft resting tone and the ability to contract efficiently when the demands present.

What does a pelvic floor physical therapist do?

A pelvic floor physical therapist will evaluate the 3 layers of pelvic floor muscles to assess strength, range of motion and function. Once the problem is diagnosed by the therapist, they will use a variety of different treatment techniques to fix it. The goal is always to help you gain control over your pelvic floor and get back to living your best and most confident life.

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