Somerset patients suffering from certain pelvic floor conditions used to have to travel 35 miles or more for treatment.
That’s no longer necessary.
Drayer Physical Therapy Institute’s outpatient clinic at 1606 N. Center Ave., Suite 170, has hired the community’s first certified pelvic floor specialist.
Amarisa Miles, a Hollidaysburg native, is certified by the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. Landon Wahl, Drayer’s Somerset clinic director, called Herman & Wallace “the gold standard” in pelvic floor therapy certification.
“Amarisa has an obvious talent and passion for this specialty that aren’t easily found,” Wahl said. “They’re a great addition to the services we already provide at our clinic and a welcome resource for our patients, who before either had to travel at least as far as Windber for treatment or do without it. We’re excited for our patients and for our clinic to have added Amarisa to our team.”
Miles studied at St. Francis University, earning bachelor’s degrees in health sciences (with a minor in women’s studies) and in psychology and a master’s degree in occupational therapy.
The pelvic floor refers to a bowl-shaped set of muscles that support the bladder, bowel, rectum and uterus.
To alleviate pain or discomfort without the need for surgery, a pelvic floor therapist can treat conditions such as bladder and bowel incontinence; prolapse (stretching of muscles and ligaments, allowing organs to drop down); musculoskeletal aches and pains; endometriosis; prenatal care; low back pain associated with pregnancy; and post-partum recovery.
Therapy options include therapeutic exercises, biofeedback (electrodes placed on muscles), postural retraining, muscle releases, and neuromuscular re-education.
While women comprise most pelvic floor patients, men are just as prone to the conditions with the exception of those related to pregnancy.
The Somerset clinic is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. The phone number is 814-701-2564.
The clinic’s offerings also include pre- and post-operative rehabilitation, manual therapy, sports rehabilitation and injury prevention.
Drayer (drayerpt.com), part of the Upstream Rehabilitation family of clinical care, offers access to care within 24 hours and works with all insurance types.