People often ask me how I got into this line of work. I’ve always had an interest in women’s health, but it wasn’t until I had my son, that I gained a whole new appreciation for a mother ’s body.

I had things happen to me during and after pregnancy that I thought would never happen to me. I felt so disconnected from my body, I experienced postpartum anxiety and rage that went undiagnosed and I couldn’t go for a walk without feeling the constant urge to pee.

It wasn’t until I started my new job in a pelvic health center, that I really grasped the severity of my issues. As I was learning about the pelvic floor, I was learning that what I was experiencing wasn’t normal. I was working 12 hour days at a high-stress job while trying to learn all I could about the pelvic floor. I told myself I didn’t have time to address my issues.

Then one Saturday, on our way home from the store, I pulled into the driveway and I had to pee so bad. My son was fussing in the back seat, but I knew I didn’t have time to get him out of the car and make it in the house. I ran into the house, leaving my son in the car, and barely unbuttoned my pants before I started to pee.

It was in that moment I said enough is enough. I have to take care of myself. How could I be an effective PT (and mom), if I couldn’t even take care of myself? I had to admit that I couldn’t do it all myself, I needed help. Luckily, I was surrounded by amazing PTs and with their expertise and my own self-study, I began to put myself and my body first.

Seemingly at the same time, I was feeling better, (and bonus! my son was sleeping through the night), I entered my late thirties. My stress and mood swings were out of control. I had absolutely no interest in sex and felt like I was either drinking coffee to wake myself up or a glass of wine (or two) to wind down.

I did some research, and I learned things like food and lifestyle had a tremendous effect on hormones. I wondered if I was feeling this way, with all that I know, were other women feeling this way too?

 

As I started to talk about this more, women would say “Why doesn’t anyone talk about this stuff? Why didn’t anyone tell me this would happen?  Is this normal? Am I normal?  I am scared to do the wrong thing. I’m overwhelmed. I don’t know where to start.” It was clear women needed more information about the changes our bodies go through from motherhood to menopause.

 

I provide women with superior, convenient and efficient care they deserve. I have walked this journey and can understand things as personal as leaking, painful sex and hormone imbalance. My approach addresses your wellbeing as a whole; physical, mental and lifestyle to truly empower you to heal.

 

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“I was surprised to learn that my physical therapy with Allison Poole would improve my emotional well-being as well as my physical strength. As an older mom, I haven’t felt as strong since the birth of my son. Allison has helped me to gain strength and control in the areas of my body that need support, and as a result I have been sleeping better and have more confidence in my self overall. Allison is such a wonderful provider, intentional and insightful. I appreciate that she offers hours and exercise plans that are realistic for working parents. I feel like I am getting the best care with her.”

-SARAH

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I live in Portland and enjoy exploring Maine and beyond with my husband, son, and dog, as well as (trying to) grow my urban farm of veggies and chickens.                     

 Follow my attempts at practicing what I preach while balancing family, fun, and business.

 

 

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