Amy Meehan, PT, DPT, MTC
I have vivid memories of when I became passionate about women’s health. It was 5 years ago when I was pregnant with my first daughter, Madelynn. I remember rising from my pregnancy insomnia, kissing my husband Matt good morning, and heading out the door for my morning jog. There was a large hill just outside of my little house in Brookhaven, GA, and conquering that hill was one of my main fitness goals during my pregnancy. The jogs quickly turned to a slow waddle as pregnancy progressed, but I could still get up that hill until the day Madelynn was born!
Fast forward 2 months, because we all know the first 2 months after baby are a blur anyway, and I was elated to finally be cleared to start my workouts again. I enthusiastically set out for my morning stroll. I quickly turned home feeling defeated, upset, and a sense of hopelessness. I could not make it up that same hill, even with my tricked out running stroller, without back pain, urinary incontinence, and severe vaginal heaviness. There were tears, lots of tears. I felt a loss of self identity.
I didn’t understand why I was having these issues. I stayed active, had a good healthy pregnancy, and a tolerable delivery. Why was I having these symptoms? I asked other mamas and their suggestions ranged from “take more time” to “this is just what happens after childbirth”. I reached out to my OBGYN, who I am thankful to have a great relationship with, and together we decided it was time for me to go see a Women’s Health Physical Therapist.
I scheduled my first appointment. Despite my apprehension about the internal exam, it was was brief and painless. My physical therapist was able to identify my impairments both internally and externally and I immediately started my recovery journey.
Today, I can proudly say I can go for my daily morning run, giggle and dance around with my two sweet girls, without my postpartum issues being issues anymore! Being able to get back to my pre-baby activities without these issues has made me feel like myself again. This feeling is why I have dedicated myself to empower other mamas and mamas-to-be, not to accept these common issues as normal, and to get women back to enjoying their bodies again.
Dr. Amy Meehan, PT, DPT, MTC earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2010 in St. Augustine, FL due to its reputation in orthopedics and manual therapy training. She also has her Bachelors degree in Exercise Science and minor in Biology from Georgia Southern University. Amy specializes in manual therapy and orthopedics with an emphasis in women’s health. She earned her Manual Therapy Certification (MTC) in 2011, which includes an extensive series of joint and myofascial manipulation courses. Amy has met all requirements to perform Dry Needling, and currently in the process of obtaining her Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification (PRPC) through Herman & Wallace. Amy is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Section on Women’s Health (SOWH), and the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG).