After nearly two decades of pain and pelvic pain Sallie was diagnosed with endometriosis. She designed this Pelvic Physical Therapy practice to be a safe haven and a resource for all women with endometriosis and all women who seek relief from pain that many believe is unmentionable. Sallie believes all women should have a voice in their treatment and strives each and everyday to further endometriosis care.
Sallie received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Additionally, she has a Master’s of Arts and Teaching from the University of Vermont with a dual focus in Sports Medicine and Nutrition Education. She is certified in New Jersey by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association as a Certified Athletic Trainer and has worked with many professional sports teams and Division I universities. Prior to opening her own practice, Dr. Sarrel worked with a variety of populations ranging from athletes to children with neurodevelopmental disorders.
There is an answer for your pelvic issues and we will help you find it. No woman or girl should miss out on life because of pelvic pain, menstrual cramps, incontinence, back or hip pain, or abdominal issues.
Sallie's work in the treatment of endometriosis and dyspareunia is unparalled, with support from the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) and the Endometriosis Research Center (ERC). In 2016 she was the recipient of the Below the Belt Award from the Women's Health Association for her dedication to the field of women's health and her ability as a patient with endometriosis to have made lasting changes in the pelvic pain community.
As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Sallie is trained in a wide range of physical therapy techniques. She specializes in internal and external pelvic mobilization, myofascial release, cranial sacral and visceral manipulation, having trained at the Upledger Institute and with Jean Pierre Barral. She believes in balancing the body’s muscles, bones, and nerves to help treat pain disorders. Her extensive knowledge of these techniques allows her to formulate a plan uniquely designed for each patient.
Recent data linking pelvic and jaw pain makes her world-renowned experience in treating temporal-mandibular joint dysfunction syndrome (TMJ) an important part of her practice as well.
Dr. Sarrel is a Pilates Academy International certified instructor as well as a certified pre and postnatal pilates specialist through The Center for Women’s Fitness. Since movement is a crucial component of neuroplasticity, helping the body reorganize to combat pain, Sallie utilizes customized pilates programs extensively. These innovative exercise routines are designed to suit each patient’s specific needs, help free the body from old patterns, and create new pain-free movement. Her work as a movement therapist is crucial to conditioning the body prior to surgery and for regaining strength and endurance post-operatively.
Sallie's favorite role as Pelvic PT is the one of sleuth. Taking the time and attention required to get to the bottom of complex and difficult chronic pelvic pain is a specialized focus of the practice. It is extremely rewarding to see women progress beyond the anonymity and suffering of pelvic pain into the world of health and wellness.
Endometriosis is a disease where tissue similar to but not the same as the lining of the uterus is found elsewhere throughout the body. Symptoms can include but are not limited to: painful menstrual cramps, IBS, bloating, back pain, hip pain, and painful sex. Unfortunately, endometriosis also causes reactive pelvic floor muscle spasms and adaptations throughout you body and central nervous system that may require interventions beyond surgery for the disease. Even after excision surgery, the gold standard in endometriosis care, women may continue to experience symptoms and this is where a Pelvic Health Specialist can become a very important member of the multidisciplinary team treating endometriosis.
If your shoulder or knee hurt, you see a physical therapist to treat the bones, muscles, nerves, fascia, and ligaments for some relief. Similarly there are bones muscles, nerves, fascia, and ligaments in your pelvis and abdomen that experience substantial adaptations from the disease process of endometriosis.
World Renowned for her program to treat endometriosis pain, Sallie was among the first physical therapist to be invited to teach in China. She also has spoke at numerous surgical conferences and stresses the message that women can live better lives with endometriosis. She is a strong believer in empowerment over your pain.
Sallie’s reality of endometriosis is shared on her critically acclaimed blog, “Sallie Speaks”. For the convenience of her patients, Sallie has offices in both New York and New Jersey.
To learn more about endometriosis:
For online support:
“Nancy’s Nook” Discussion & Education Group
World Endometriosis Research Foundation Discussion Group
http://endometriosis.org/support/support-groups/ – Lists all global groups
New Zealand – Endometriosis
Australia – Endometriosis
Canada – TENT Network
Endometropolis FB Discussion Group
Preparing for Pelvic Physical Therapy
5 Things Pelvic PT Can Help with Endometriosis
An Interview with Dr. Sarrel
Multidisciplinary pain therapies:Physical therapy, Integrative nutrition and Acupuncture
160: The Facts about Endometriosis w/ Dr. Sallie Sarrel
You Are Not Your Pain: Empower Yourself With Physical Therapy
Endometriosis, painful sex, and physical therapy
How Much Pelvic Pain Is Normal for Menstrual Cramps?
Can A Vegan Diet Really Alleviate Endometriosis Symptoms?