Feature Friday: Brooke Kalisiak of Legacy Physical Therapy
I have had the opportunity to meet with Brooke Kalisiak of Legacy Physical Therapy on multiple occasions now, and I’m always amazed at the number of conditions and concerns that she addresses.
Many of us don’t know exactly what the pelvic floor is used for, but it is so much more than you would first believe. Brooke sees women at all stages of life that have struggled with bladder issues, lower back pain, pain during sex, even shoulder and neck pain…and they’re all related back to those pelvic floor muscles. Way more than just kegels right!
Her holistic practice focuses on how the entire muscular system works together and strengthens the core and provide relief. Women are often able to avoid surgery and heal faster with the physical therapy care she provides.
See more about Brooke and Legacy Physical Therapy HERE!
Plus, see her speak at the MOMempowerment Expo!
Here’s the Rest of the Interview:
What made you want to open your own practice?
I opened Legacy Physical Therapy because the women of St. Louis needed to know that there were conservative treatment options to help them with their bladder leakage, pelvic pain, pregnancy pains, pain with intercourse, and pelvic prolapse issues. Too long women have suffered with these issues and have been either been given ridiculous advice like “this is normal, because you have had kids,” or “you are just going to have to live with this;” or been lead to believe that their only options are surgery or a lifetime of medications. I wanted to create a safe a welcoming place where women could come to learn how to heal their own bodies.
What excites you the most about your work?
I love working with women to get them back to doing the things they love. Nothing makes me happier than hearing that a patient can now exercise intensely without bladder leakage; or that a woman is able to have pain free sex with her partner when it hasn’t been possible for 5 years; or that a pregnant mom of 2 is now able to play with her kids again because her back no longer hurts; or that a patient who hadn’t been able to sit for longer than 30 minutes without intense pelvic pain is now comfortable enough to get on a flight to Hawaii to have the vacation she has always dreamed about.
What is your biggest challenge?
Our biggest challenge is getting the word out to women that this type of conservative care for their pelvic conditions is out there and available to help them. Too many women have been told that their symptoms are normal; that there is nothing they can do; or that it is all in their head. These leaves so many women hopeless and without options. Many times our patients have to advocate for themselves to see a pelvic physical therapist. I a passionate about getting the word out there to more women so that they can get the help they deserve.
Tell us about your family
My husband and were high school sweethearts and have known each other since 1996. We gave birth to our son Shawn in 2005. As a family we enjoy hiking and bike riding together. My son and I also enjoy doing taekwondo together.
If you could pick anything, what would your super power be?
Invisibility- I think it would be fun to sneak in to places without anyone knowing.
What one piece of advice do you have for a mom that needs your service?
If you are a mom who is experiencing bladder leakage, pelvic pain, painful sex, mummy tummy, or low back pain, do not just live with it. All of these symptoms are common but NOT normal. Seek out the care of a pelvic physical therapist to help you be your best self.