the pelvic floor?
Interestingly, they also play a role as a “sump-pump” for blood and lymph which helps manage pelvic swelling and congestion.
COMMON CONDITIONS WE TREAT
- increased urinary frequency
- urinary urgency
- urinary incontinence (stress, urgency, functional, or mixed)
- fecal incontinence
- pelvic pain
- rectal pain
- pelvic, back, hip pain during or after pregnancy
- diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles often seen post-partum)
- pelvic organ prolapse
- pain with intercourse
- pelvic floor dysfunction
- pediatric pelvic floor
- post-prostatectomy recovery
- and many more!
What to expect
We treat what we find! We work on the same things other physical therapists do but with a focus on the pelvis and surrounding areas. Sometimes it is addressing your breathing pattern and learning improved mechanics of the diaphragm, pelvic floor, and ribs. Other times we work on strengthening the pelvic floor, core, hips, and surrounding areas. Sometimes, simply learning how to relax your pelvic floor can alleviate pain. This can be done through breathing techniques, stretching, and education on ergonomics.
We also may do internal work to address tight pelvic floor muscles or to teach improved pelvic floor recruitment (again we will NOT do this if you are opposed or if internal work is contraindicated). We may teach you how to use dilators or a pelvic wand if that is beneficial. We will ALWAYS educate on how to improve your condition with simple day-to-day changes that help make a difference. These are just a few examples of the services we offer. Do not hesitate to call if you have more questions!
“Ashlynn is the best there is! There are not many pelvic floor PTs in the area and I am glad that she works in this field. Ashlynn has helped me with my every day life, makes me feel comfortable, understands me, and not only has she helped me physically but emotionally as well with my chronic illness. If there is anybody looking for an amazing PT, she’s the one! You won’t regret it.” — Karla
WE ARE IN-NETWORK WITH THE FOLLOWING PROVIDERS:
- All Carefirst and BlueCross BlueShield plans
- John’s Hopkins Healthcare (including Priority Partners, EHP, USFHP and AdvantageMD)
- Ash (Cigna)
- All United Health Care and Optum plans
- Worker’s Compensation
Hear from Our Patients
DR. ASHLYNN PARKER PT, DPT
Dr. Ashlynn Parker graduated at the top of her class from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and earned a perfect score on the national physical therapy licensing exam. Ashlynn has extensive training in pelvic floor physical therapy through Herman & Wallace.
Ashlynn was born and raised in the Hereford Zone and is a graduate of Hereford High School. Her family has deep roots in the Hereford area, as her father, Ray Parker, graduated from Hereford High School along with five brothers and sisters.
Outside of physical therapy, Ashlynn enjoys spending time with her husband, Brett, her horse, Diva, running, hiking, and finding ways to help animals in need.
- McDaniel College, Bachelor of Arts, Major in Biology, Minor in Exercise Science
- University of Maryland, Baltimore, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Dr. Jesse North graduated from Nova Southeastern University in Tampa, Florida. She was drawn to a career in physical therapy due to her love of fitness and wanting to help people return to doing the things they love. Jesse has taken a special interest in treating pelvic floor physical therapy for all genders and has extensive pelvic floor training.
- University of Tampa, Bachelor of Science, Major in Allied Health
- Nova Southeastern University in Tampa, Florida, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Madelyn Levasseur, MS, OTR/L
Pelvic Floor Occupational Therapist
Madelyn Levasseur graduated from Towson University with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. She loves occupational therapy because she is able to help people to engage in activities that are meaningful to them. Madelyn has trained with Herman & Wallace in pelvic floor therapy and enjoys working creatively and collaboratively with patients to achieve their goals in a way that is accessible for them.
Madelyn grew up in Baltimore County and is proud to be able to serve her community as an OT! Her hobbies include gardening, cooking, and renovating her 100+ year old home with her family.
Learn more about Pelvic Floor Conditions and treatment
We define patient-centered goals as what you hope to accomplish from physical therapy. While these are typically activity-specific goals, often patients report they just wish to experience less pain.
Conditions we treat: Pelvic pain, Hernia repair, Erectile Dysfunction, Symptoms of Prostatitis, Groin pain, Post Prostatectomy, Urinary/Fecal Incontinence, Constipation
Does your child struggle with urinary incontinence, bed wetting, or constipation?
Hours of Operation
Monday through Thursday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
954 Ridgebrook Road, Suite 330
Sparks Glencoe, MD 21152