Season Three

EPISODE 27

Episode 27: Pelvic Floor Dysfunction & Physical Therapy Feat. Dr. Tieya M. Qualls

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Our bodies are wonderful machines capable of creating new life, but many of the things we’re taught about our bodies are flat out wrong. If you’ve ever suffered from painful intercourse,  constipation, chronic yeast infections or “leaks”, you may want to consult someone like Dr. Tieya M. Qualls, a physical therapist with a specialty in pelvic issues.

This conversation is also for those who may not be experiencing any discomfort but want to be proactive in managing their pelvic health. Pelvic health is related to the function of our bowel, bladder, and reproductive organs.

In today’s episode, Dr. Qualls joins us to dispel many of the myths, rumors and bad advice we’ve been given about pelvic health matters.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

During this conversation, Dr. Qualls:

  • Reminds us that pelvic therapy is for both men and women.
  • Reassures us that although pelvic related discomforts may be common, they don’t have to be normalized or accepted as a permanent part of life.
  • Emphasizes the importance of addressing pelvic discomforts before they worsen.
  • Explains why self-diagnosing can mask symptoms and make conditions worse.
  • Dispels the myth that everyone should be doing pelvic floor contractions (also known as Kegels).
  • Describes how mental health professionals and clinicians collaborate to provide client support, particularly for those who are dealing with painful intercourse.
  • Discusses insurance coverage options for pelvic therapy.
  • Outlines the career path for those interested in specializing in pelvic health.

 

CONTENT WARNINGS
Discussions about sexuality.

 

GUEST

Dr. Tieya M. Qualls, PT, DPT, PRPC

Bio: Dr. Tieya M. Qualls, PT, DPT, PRPC is the founder of Quality Touch Physical Therapy & Wellness, serving the DMV area. She is a licensed Physical Therapist with additional certification in pelvic health. She earned a B.S. in Biology from Hampton University, in Hampton, VA in 2002. Following this, she received both her Master and Doctoral degrees in Physical Therapy from Howard University, in Washington, DC in 2005 and 2012, respectively. She has experience working in a variety of clinical settings, primarily serving the adult population. She is also an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor.

In addition to completing the pelvic floor course series with the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, Dr. Qualls earned the Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification, also offered by the organization. This certification designates her as a pelvic rehabilitation specialist, possessing the knowledge and skills to accurately diagnose and treat pelvic dysfunctions for all genders. Dr. Qualls has a passion for assisting people in their overall wellness journey from a holistic standpoint, and consistently does so with care and compassion.

 

NOTE

The information provided on SheConfidential pertaining to your health or wellness, relationships, business/career choices, finances, or any other aspect of your life is not intended to be a substitute for individual consultations, professional advice, diagnosis or treatment rendered by your own provider.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Episode artwork and video production by Eye AM Media https://www.eyeammedia.com/. Follow on Instagram @eyeammedia


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