What Is Pelvic Health Physical Therapy?
Pelvic health physical therapy refers to the treatment of conditions related to the musculature of the inside of the pelvis which affects bowel, bladder, breathing, and postural function. Treatment is conducted through Manual, Neuromuscular, Therapeutic exercises and behavioral interventions by a highly trained Physical Therapist.
Approximately one-third of U.S. women will have a pelvic health problem by age 60. Have you had a pelvic floor problem that you avoided discussing with your provider?
Kids as early as 24-36 months, and up through adolescence and adulthood, can be affected by pelvic floor conditions and disorders.
Pregnancy and birth are stressful on the body. During pregnancy the weight of a growing baby places pressure on the pelvic floor muscles. These changes alone can lead to a pelvic floor that is more vulnerable to dysfunction.
Meet The Team
Founder and owner of Pelvic Health of Santa Barbara.
I'm Dhara Solanki. I'm a Physical Therapist, Mom and I have over 15+ years of clinical experience. Dhara received her Master of Science in Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of California, San Fransisco.
I feel very passionate about the positive change I can bring to my patients. When I am not at my clinic you can find me doing some craft work with my 6 year & 4-year-old kids.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Elle Bienvenu is an occupational therapist with a focus on pelvic wellness. She welcomes folks of all gender identities and expressions, all abilities, and at any stage of life to partake in holistic and comprehensive client-driven care.
A graduate of Sage Graduate School of Health Sciences, she has since earned specialized training in pelvic floor rehabilitation through advanced coursework with Herman & Wallace Institute and Lindsey Vestal of The Functional Pelvis.
She is an LGBTQIA+ friendly practitioner and ensures that her office is a safe and accepting space for all who enter.
Carly Soltman, PT DPT
Ilan was drawn to massage even as a child, and started studying anatomy and physiology when dancers in his magnet high school started asking for more specific massage work than just a shoulder rub. While studying at University during the day, he went to night school to learn massage.
After working with clients in clinics, spas, and privately, Ilan discovered his best work was with people in physical rehab. Ilan's philosophical belief that the body wants to be as efficient and easeful as possible keeps bringing him back to the core muscles - the muscles of the pelvic girdle and breath. Ilan loves reading abstracts and reviews of new studies on anatomy, physiology, and pathology, and believes that the body always has something to teach him.
Carly Cano graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in psychology and a passion for supporting others. After a personal family experience, she got a glimpse of how influential physical therapists can be in a patient’s recovery and healing. She sought and achieved a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Chapman University in 2017.
Carly prioritizes education with patients to not only reduce pain and discomfort but also to help them understand the underlying causes, prevent future challenges, and motivate and empower them in their own recovery.
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As a 59 year old post-menopausal woman I was having chronic vaginal infections for the past several years due to tightness and changes in my vaginal tissues which no amount of medical treatment could resolve. I received immediate relief upon my first pelvic floor treatment by Dhara and the infection has not returned in the 5 months I've been going to her. I was able to gradually decrease my appointments and now things are holding very well and I've been released from regular treatments and will return only as needed. She also gave me some great yoga stretches for the outer muscles of my pelvis which will empower me to keep that whole area fluid and open.On a psychological, emotional level this is also very profound work and greatly contributed to the final stages of healing of my childhood sexual abuse. I feel much more stable and grounded in my own energy center and connected to Mother Earth. On a subtle level I have claimed my inner authority and no longer look outside myself for affirmation which has been a huge shift!
Following a procedure to correct an over active bladder, I still had issues with leakage and also anxiety about being close to a bathroom almost all of the time. Following 6 weeks of once a week sessions with Dhara and at home exercises, the leakage problems have resolved, my bladder is much calmer and so am I! I am very pleased with my experience at Pelvic Health Center of Santa Barbara. Dhara explained pelvic floor therapy in a way I could understand, and was very professional throughout the treatment. It was also very helpful to have the at home program, and Dhara took the time to answer all of my questions about the office visit procedures and the therapy at home. I am happy to encourage anyone experiencing an overactive bladder to seek help from the Pelvic Health Center of Santa Barbara.
The Pelvic Health Center of Santa Barbara has saved my life. After experiencing post vasectomy complications, I was referred to pelvic floor therapy from an out of town specialist. He did not know anyone in Santa Barbara. Fortunately, I found Dhara and Pelvic Health Center. Dhara is a natural healer. Over the last 5 months, she has miraculously taken a dire situation with little remedy available and is curing me. She intuitively knows the pelvic area and all the related nerves lines. For example, she will work on one area like the back or stomach to cure a pain in the pelvis. It's truly incredible healing. Further, the entire team at the Pelvic Health Center is amazing. I have had sessions with Victoria and she too is a fantastic healer. You can't go wrong with either therapist. Plus Natalie at the front desk has a bright and welcoming smile and takes care of the scheduling. If you find yourself in the unfortunate shoes of pelvic pain or trauma, see these wonderful healers.