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Meet Dr. Nikki Cohen of The Organic PT

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Nikki Cohen.  

Hi Dr. Nikki, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by the human body. 

I became a Physical Therapist in my early 20’s and worked in a variety of settings, starting in acute care at Sharp Memorial, then transitioning to Orthopedics at Comprehensive Therapy Services, where I was exposed to Women’s Health/Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy which completely changed the trajectory of my career. Learning how involved the pelvic floor was in the functioning of the whole body (and mind) fascinated me and led me to Kaiser Permanente where I worked in the Pelvic Floor Center with Urologists, GI Doctors, and Gynecologists. 

Throughout my journey, I continued my education in traditional and non-traditional modalities including Craniosacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation, which exposed me to a whole “inner world” of the body that was not being addressed in traditional medicine and physical therapy practices. 

In 2018, I started my own practice to take into account this “inner world”. The combination of traditional pelvic floor techniques combined with Craniosacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation works beautifully, not only for pelvic floor issues but for chronic pain as well. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It wasn’t as smooth as I would’ve liked, and at the same time, it could’ve been much more difficult! The biggest struggle was the “war” within myself of having the confidence to leave corporate healthcare and the steady paycheck it provided to start my own business. That process took about 2 years. And once I decided to make the move, luckily, things started to fall into place relatively quickly. 

The second biggest struggle was learning to use and work with the “tech” aspect of having a business in the 21st Century – building a website, SEO, social media, and marketing. I taught myself A LOT but eventually realized it was not my forte and partnered with other people who could support this aspect of my business in a much more efficient and beautiful way. 

It was a beautiful lesson in learning to partner with people and not have to do it all myself (a lesson I continue to keep learning!) 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about The Organic PT?
The Organic PT is a space for women to come to heal. Specializing in pelvic floor dysfunction, I primarily work with women dealing with pelvic pain, pain with intercourse, pregnancy-related pain, postpartum recovery, incontinence, digestive issues, and chronic pain; I focus not only on the musculoskeletal/orthopedic aspects of pain but also the “inner world” including the organs, nerves, and blood vessels, as well as holding space for the emotions that are often involved in chronic dysfunction and the transition to motherhood. 

Too often, women don’t seek out support for their issues because of embarrassment. Women don’t want to talk publicly about how it hurts to have sex after having a baby, that they pee themselves when they cough or sneeze or that it hurts to poop. So, they stay quiet and silently suffer. I’m on a mission to remove the stigma of having a “women’s health issue” and offer a judgment-free environment with 90–120-minute sessions to allow space for women to be heard and share what’s really going on in their personal lives as well as in their history. 

I offer 1:1 in-person services in an outdoor natural setting which is wonderfully relaxing and healing in and of itself. Sessions include a combination of traditional physical therapy techniques, Craniosacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation, depending on the person’s symptoms. 

In addition, I offer online courses and currently have 2 programs available. 

The first is Bladder Essentials, which provides information most women don’t know about how to manage bladder control issues. 

The second is Postpartum Essentials, which teaches women how to take care of their body after giving birth so they can prevent many of the common postpartum issues like bladder leakage, prolapse, and pelvic pain. 

The online courses are great because it allows women to learn the information online, in the privacy of their own home, and go at their own pace. Plus, many women don’t have access to a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist and are left spending hours upon hours searching online for how they can help themselves. Luckily in San Diego, there are options for Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists, but that’s definitely not the case in other parts of the country and world. 

I also offer a free pelvic floor guide on my website which offers women a great starting point to learn about their body and pelvic floor. 

Too often, traditional Pelvic Floor PTs focus only on kegels and core strengthening exercises for every condition they treat. But the truth is, kegels can often make symptoms worse! That’s why I created The Truth About Kegels digital guide and made it free for anyone so they can gain a different perspective. Because Women’s Health is not always about doing kegels! 

Alright, so before we go, can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
My website is a great place to start! There’s a contact page where you can send me an email or call/text me directly. I’m also on Facebook and Instagram @drnikkicohen. 

I’m always interested in collaborating with other providers to see how we can support women in their health and healing journeys as well 

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