Holistic Pelvic Care™:
The future of women's health.

What is Holistic Pelvic Care?

Holistic Pelvic Care (HPC) is physical and energetic alignment for the pelvic bowl.  HPC, as defined and developed by Tami Kent (a women's health physical therapist), is the release of muscle and fascia layers in the pelvis in order to help the pelvic muscles better engage, restore pelvic organs to proper alignment, diminish pelvic floor pain and renew energy flow throughout your core.

What symptoms can HPC help to address?

There are a variety of symptoms that HPC can help with for women who have had or have not had children.  From fertility work to recovery from birth events, many women have found HPC to be an important addition to their healing process.  Specifically for postpartum women, HPC can help with:

  • Vaginal or pelvic pain
  • Leaking urine or frequent urge to urinate
  • Sensation of vaginal wall “falling out” at opening of vagina
  • Difficulty doing kegel squeeze or tightening pelvic floor muscles (weak muscles)
  • Vaginal dryness, vaginal gas or feeling vagina significantly open after birth
  • Diminished sex drive (low libido)
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Feeling a sensation of heaviness or congestion in the pelvis

Can I just do kegel exercises after birth to resolve my problems?

In Tami Kent's latest book “Mothering From Your Center,” she notes, “The majority of pelvic issues are the result of imbalances in the muscle recruitment pattern, diminished elasticity in the fascia or muscle fibers, inhibition of muscles, and poor organ position.”  These issues are not the result of weak pelvic muscles and therefore you cannot “kegel” your way to a solution!  HPC can help restore balance so that healing can begin.

What can I expect from an HPC session?

Your HPC practitioner will spend time going over your history and goals for care.  Each session will involve an assessment of your pelvic floor muscles and fascia.  This involves an internal vaginal exam.  After the assessment, the practitioner will use internal trigger point massage (also termed myofascial release) and focused breath awareness to release tension, bring blood flow to your core, clear congestion, alleviate the stress of stretching from birth, realign tissue, and restore balance in your pelvic floor.

Most issues can be addressed in 2­-3 sessions.  For preventative health, it is recommended to have an HPC session once a year, in addition to your annual well­-woman exam.

If you have questions regarding HPC and your specific issues, feel free to email sarah@vivantemidwifery.com.   The initial visit is approximately 90 mins; follow up visits are approximately 60 mins.  To schedule an appointment, call the main Vivante line at (503) 652­-8076.