What Is Pelvic Floor Therapy?
Pelvic floor physical therapy refers to treatment of conditions related to the musculature of the pelvis including bowel, bladder, breathing and postural function. Treatment is conducted through behavioral and neuromuscular interventions by a 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 University of Southern California and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from 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 5 year & 3 year old kids.
Towi is a physical therapist specializing in pelvic floor rehabilitation from Buffalo, NY. One of Towi’s primary goals is to increase awareness in the community and health sector on the role that pelvic floor physical therapy plays in improving quality of life. She intends to reach patients of all ages, genders, and conditions utilizing a holistic and patient-centered approach.
In her free time Towi enjoys running, hiking, yoga, concerts, watching sports and spending time with friends and family!
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.