Chronic Pelvic Pain
Melissa has been instrumental to my health, my ability to manage chronic pelvic floor pain, and my development as an advocate for my own medical care. She’s deeply knowledgeable and always seems to be adding to her expertise. Melissa’s friendly and professional demeanor made discussion and treatment of pelvic floor issues more comfortable than I had thought possible. I cannot imagine enjoying the quality of life that I have today without her care.
– E., Manhattan
I cannot say enough good things about Melissa. Her wonderful bedside manner, which instantly made me feel at ease when talking with her about my pelvic floor injury, is only rivaled by her deep technical expertise. I started working with Melissa 3 years after my original injury and 1 year after a surgical procedure failed to give me any relief. Under Melissa’s care, I have gotten more relief for this debilitating, chronic injury than I ever thought possible. Thanks to Melissa, I have my life back.
I saw Melissa for a few months when I was dealing with some neuralgia issues. She was thoughtful and attentive in her treatment and always worked with me to make sure we had goals and a plan for achieving them. I would (and have) recommended her to anyone in need of physical therapy.
– Michael (from Google reviews)
Melissa has helped me tackle an issue I put off for years with a supportiveness, positivity, and kindness that I could not have imagined. Confronting my pelvic floor ailment was one of the most intimidating and scary choices I’ve made as a young adult, but I truly could not be happier with the outcome. In addition to being incredibly skillful and vastly knowledgeable about pelvic health, Melissa is a joy to be around. She has a wonderful ability to connect with her patients, and I consistently feel that she is rooting for my success as both a patient and as a person. It is difficult to not have a positive outlook on your treatment plan when working with Melissa — I am so grateful to have found her, and I truly look forward to seeing her each week.
Before seeing Melissa I was in a very hopeless place and ready to give up completely on my health. Prior to seeing her, I didn’t have good experiences with physical therapists and I often would leave sessions feeling worse than when I came to the session. I wasn’t seeing any improvements and I often felt that improvement wasn’t possible. Thankfully, I decided to give physical therapy one more chance and I started seeing Melissa in early 2016. There has been enormous improvement in my chronic condition and my overall belief in my own healing. Melissa is one of the most attentive, caring, and intelligent health professionals I have ever encountered — and I have encountered many. She is totally about your healing, your recovery, your ability to live a better life. I am no longer hopeless and I actually enjoy going to physical therapy sessions. I have seen vast improvements in my health over the past year and a half. She’s the real deal.
Joint Pain (Back, Neck, Hip, Pelvis)
My experience under Melissa’s care was first rate. Her ability to listen and then translate what she hears into a treatment regime and then home program that I could follow was key to my recovery. I’ve done PT before but never like this and now I will not go back to the PT mill. One-on-one care is they way to go and Melissa’s knowledge, skill and friendly manner all helped make me stick with the program and heal.
I had pelvic floor problems both related to a hip injury and to pain and numbness during sex that I had always experienced. With Melissa’s help, my entire experience of sex changed, I was able to do and experience everything that I wanted to, and the health of my hip and my overall musculoskeletal functioning improved more than it ever had with physical therapy treatments I had received before. By the end of my pelvic floor therapy, my partner even said that she felt like she was cheating on me, because she could feel the differences that treatment with Melissa had caused. Melissa is also just a pleasure to work with – she’s a wonderful warm person who will totally put you at ease. She is always respectful, listens, pays attention, takes the time to explain to you what’s going on with your body and what she’s doing, and brings a rare humanistic touch to medical treatment.
I just wanted to follow up to say Thank You! Doing the pelvic floor PT we discussed was a huge help, and my husband and I were finally able to be intimate without that pain I was experiencing before. Thank you!!
— J.W. (virtual client)
Prenatal / Postpartum
I’m so, so happy I found Melissa. After receiving a postpartum diagnosis of pelvic organ prolapse, I felt so scared, isolated and hopeless. After my first session with Melissa she made me feel so much less alone! I discovered so many others have the same diagnosis and that I could potentially live my life someday symptom free. Since that first day, she’s helped me find a home routine that works as a new mom. She understands that it’s simply not possible to not carry around a heavy baby and so she works with realities of being a caretaker to a new life while trying to practice self care as well! Melissa has a wonderfully warm personality and she truly listens (and lets me cry if I need to) without judgment. I am beyond grateful that I found her practice and would and have recommended her to all my friends who are pregnant and/or dealing with any kind of postpartum issue!
I had a fantastic experience working with Melissa, and I recommend her in the highest possible terms! I saw her to address a hip issue while I was pregnant. She’s great about taking the time to understand an issue and explaining what she’s doing during hands-on work. She’s also encouraging and fun to be around, which makes the hour speed by!
– Molly (from Facebook reviews)
I was so grateful to be in Melissa Stendahl’s excellent care both before giving birth and postpartum—I felt I was in the very best hands. Melissa was so knowledgeable, communicative, and supportive throughout. She helped me to feel strong and prepared going into the birth, and then helped me to heal and regain my strength after the birth. Postpartum can be a chaotic and uncertain time, and Melissa was a vital support and resource in helping me to navigate it, from building my pelvic floor strength back up, to practical exercises to help me care for my son while I was still healing myself, to helping me feel confident and secure in body. I appreciated not only her deep knowledge and expertise, but also her steady, calming presence and perspective. I cannot recommend her more highly. Thank you, Melissa!!
– J.C., NYC