Dr. Sara Sohn, pelvic floor PT, and Ashley Michaelis, voice SLP, have partnered together to bring their expertise and experience to Swallow Your Pride listeners and SLPs, and PTs everywhere. In this episode, this dynamic duo shares insights, clinical examples, and a collaborative approach that reveals just how connected the pelvic floor and voice really are.

What in the health does your pelvic floor have to do with your voice? More than one might think…

SLPs work from the diaphragm to the glottis, and pelvic health PTs work from the diaphragm to the pelvic floor. It would only make sense that we collaborate because, like every other part of the body, it truly is all connected.

Dr. Sara Sohn, pelvic floor PT, and Ashley Michaelis, voice SLP, have partnered together to bring their expertise and experience to Swallow Your Pride listeners and SLPs, and PTs everywhere. In this episode, this dynamic duo shares insights, clinical examples, and a collaborative approach that reveals just how connected the pelvic floor and voice really are.

In this episode, you'll hear a discussion about:
*Interdisciplinary collaboration between a pelvic floor PT and an SLP
*Research in this area
*How the anatomy of the voice and pelvic floor are similar
*What questions to ask your patients to identify dysfunction in this connection

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Research links:

Rudavsky, A., Turner, T. Novel insight into the coordination between pelvic floor muscles and the glottis through ultrasound imaging: a pilot study. Int Urogynecol J 31, 2645–2652 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00192-020-04461-8

Gordan, Kate & Reed, Ona. (2018). The Role of the Pelvic Floor in Respiration: A Multidisciplinary Literature Review. Journal of Voice. 34. 10.1016/j.jvoice.2018.09.024.

Connect:

Dr. Sara Sohn (she, her, hers) is a board-certified pelvic floor specialist with a focus on sex counseling. She helps individuals overcome chronic pelvic pain and enhance sexual pleasure. Dr. Sara has always had a special interest in voice performance and using the voice for pelvic floor rehabilitation. Additionally, she provides professional development programs to healthcare professionals on sexual health and pelvic floor concerns.

Facebook group – www.facebook.com/groups/cprforyourprivates
Instagram – @drsarasohn

Ashley (she, her, hers) began her undergraduate degree in Voice Performance & Music Education at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. She encountered her own voice difficulties during her studies and as a result, she found the field of Speech-Language Pathology. She then completed her graduate degree at the University of Wyoming. She has worked in private practice, schools, outpatient rehabilitation, inpatient rehabilitation, acute care, and various multi-disciplinary clinics. She has also taught the Voice Disorders graduate-level class at the University of Vermont. Her specialty areas are singing voice rehabilitation, voice disorders, swallowing disorders, upper airway disorders, and neurogenic communication disorders.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/empoweredvoicerehab
Instagram – @empoweredvoicerehab

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