My name is Tasha Mulligan. I am a Women's Health Physical Therapist and an active mother of 3 children under the age of six. My mission in joining the Incontinence Network is simply to inform and educate women, helping to dispel the thoughts that occasional urine leakage or the uncontrollable urge "to go" is a normal part of aging or the badge of honor that comes with childbirth. When our bodies suddenly change during our lives, women search for answers and the Incontinence Network is serving as a source for those answers.
My goal as a physical therapist is to teach women about their pelvic muscles and increase their body awareness, allowing them to feel in control of their symptoms. My experience with incontinence is both personal and professional. As a clinician, I have treated new moms and not-so-new moms, as well as teenagers and grandmothers. The symptoms of incontinence seem to have no boundaries and this is why millions of women have been affected.
My personal experience with incontinence began after the birth of my first child. As I worked to understand the changes my body had gone through, I had the advantage of working through the strengthening exercises and postural changes and feeling how they changed my symptoms for the better or for the worse. My personal drive to grasp a complete understanding of my symptoms and to discover how I could control them has shaped my professional career. I began to research incontinence and began to take women's health continuing education courses to learn from those that were a step ahead of me in the field.
What I have learned is that the woman's body is very complicated as it is affected by hormone changes, child bearing, poor posture, muscle weakness, muscle injury, etc. My goal is to share what I have learned with you and I am excited to get started. I look forward to fielding any questions you may have.
Quick educational/professional background for Tasha Mulligan: She graduated with a B.S degree in Exercise Science and achieved certification as an Athletic Trainer in 1997 from the Univ. of Iowa. She earned her Masters in Physical Therapy also from the Univ. of Iowa in 1999. She started her career with AthletiCo Physical Therapy in Chicago in 2000 and was promoted to management and partnership in 2001 and 2003 respectively. With a family move back to Iowa in 2005, Tasha began to work independently and co-founded PTpartnersLLC. in 2007 and produced a dvd, Hab It: Pelvic Floor in 2008.
You can read more about Tasha at www.hab-it.com
Published On: October 07, 2009