“Mind Over Bladder” program will address incontinence and pelvic floor rehab

May 17, 2017

A free community seminar entitled “Mind Over Bladder” is being offered on Monday, May 22, at St. Francis Hospital. The program is from 12-1 pm in the Jack Tidwell Lecture Hall in the hospital’s Butler Pavilion. Due to limited space, reservations are recommended by calling 706-320-8060.

The program features Joanne O'Connor, PT, OCS, PRPC, and Lindsay Newcomb, PT, DPT, both physical therapists affiliated with St. Francis Rehab / PT and HPRC who specialize in pelvic floor rehabilitation. The lecture will address pelvic floor dysfunction which can include incontinence, constipation and pelvic pain.

According to Newcomb, urinary incontinence impacts 25 million Americans, but only one in 12 will seek help. One out of every four postpartum women report urinary incontinence and women are 4-5 times more likely to report this condition over men. However, 11-34% of older men also report difficulty with urinary incontinence.

The purpose of the class is to teach people how to engage their inner cores with a focus on education about the anatomy of the inner core, how to use the diaphragm (for breathing), as well as abs, back and pelvic floor muscles to assist with reducing/eliminating/preventing pelvic floor dysfunction. The role a physical therapist plays in the evaluation and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction will also be discussed as well as when people should seek additional services from a physician.

Lindsay Newcomb, PT, DPT, is a licensed physical therapist employed with St. Francis and HPRC since 2016. She graduated with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2014 from the University of North Dakota. A member of the American Physical Therapy Association, her clinical specialties include outpatient orthopedics and pelvic floor rehabilitation. She has received specialized training for pelvic floor rehabilitation through the Herman and Wallace Institute.

Joanne O'Connor, PT, OCS, PRPC, is a licensed physical therapist employed with St. Francis and HPRC since 2001. A member of the American Physical Therapy Association Women's Health and Orthopedic sections, she has been an APTA board-certified Clinical Orthopedic Specialist since 2008, and a Certified Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner through the Herman and Wallace Institute since 2016. Joanne received her BS degree in physical therapy from the University of CT. Her clinical interests include the spine and pelvic rehabilitation/women's health. She is also a Certified Clinical Instructor through the APTA.

For health professionals attending, a certificate for 1.2 contact hours will be provided.