Dr. Chelsea Speegle

(she/her)

Colorado

Physical Therapist

  • Physical Therapist (PT)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Pre and Postnatal Corrective Exercise Specialist (PPCES)

Chelse Speegle is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) who specializes in pelvic health. She works primarily at Activcore in Littleton, Colorado which is located inside the Womens Health Care Associates OBGYN clinic.

Chelsea decided to become a physical therapist in high school after sustaining and rehabilitating an ACL, medial meniscus, and MCL reconstruction surgery following a wakeboarding accident. She developed osteomyelitis which was identified by her physical therapist. This experience inspired her to become a healthcare professional.

Chelsea graduated from Loma Linda University in Southern California to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She initially began her career working in orthopedics with an emphasis on hip pathology and dysfunction. She began noticing the connection of musculoskeletal dysfunctions, specifically the hip and spine in relation to the pelvic floor. So she decided to pursue advanced training in pelvic health. She has taken the pelvic floor series continuing education from Herman and Wallace, including pelvic rehabilitation in athletes and pelvic capstones. She has also received the Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist certification from Corrective Exercise Solutions. Additionally, she has been certified in levels 1 and 2 through Evidence in Motion (EIM) and pelvic floor dry needling through Professional Pelvic Health Consultants (PPHC).

Chelsea believes in treating the whole body as it relates to the client’s personal goals. She begins with a local approach and progresses globally for an individualized treatment to the client and the related dysfunction. She enjoys working with the pregnancy and postpartum populations as well as other pelvic floor dysfunctions.

In her free time, she enjoys long distance running, snowboarding and snow skiing, water sports, playing the piano, and of course spending time with her husband, son, and dog.

What is a Diastasis Recti Abdominis and Can I Prevent It?

What is a diastasis? Most people know the diastasis as a separation of the rectus abdominis muscle. While this is not completely wrong, it is also not completely true either. A diastasis is actually a thinning of the linea alba which is a connective tissue sheath that lies in the middle of the abdominal wall and connects the abdominal muscles.

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When Can I See a Physical Therapist After Giving Birth?

Easy answer: as soon as you want! Generally we wait 6 weeks postpartum to begin pelvic floor physical therapy. However, this applies to assessing and treating the pelvic floor muscles only. There are other regions of the body (hips, spine, shoulders, etc.) that are affected during pregnancy and the birthing process which can affect your posture, strength, stability and mobility.

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Physical Therapy During Pregnancy

You may or may not have heard that you can see a physical therapist for prenatal care. The big question is, what can a pelvic floor physical therapist do for the prenatal population? A lot actually! Pelvic floor PT is not exclusive to the pelvic floor region during pregnancy. Below is a list of some of the things that a pelvic floor physical therapist can treat for an individual who is pregnant that are non-specific to the pelvic floor.

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