Healing Hou: Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Scholarship Program
Healing Hou: Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Scholarship is a pilot program which will provide financial assistance for pelvic floor physical therapy sessions to Houstonians who are diagnosed with endometriosis. Read the Press Release here.
What is Healing Hou?
EFHou has partnered with Empower Yourself PT to provide pelvic floor physical therapy services (up to Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00), as funds permit) to Houston area residents, who are 18 years old and older, no matter where they are with their endometriosis journey. This includes up to ten sessions of pelvic floor therapy. Payments will be made directly to the provider on behalf of the patient.
Endometriosis is a systemic disease impacting the whole body. The body reflexively reacts to pain by tensing muscles at or near the pain. Over time, this results in distress and dysfunction, locking muscles in a shortened, tight, and painful state. This, itself, becomes a pain generator layered on top of endometriosis pain.
Pelvic floor physical therapists can use techniques to ease muscle tension, retrain and correctly strengthen muscles, mobilize organs and scar tissue, release restrictions, improve alignment, and enhance blood flow. They can help retrain bladder, bowel, and sexual function. Over time, the changes brought about by PT can also help quiet an irritated central nervous system.
When will the program launch?
The program will launch in 2022 will be accepting applications in January. Stay tuned for more information about the application process.
How many recipients will be awarded?
For this pilot round, we aim to pay for up to 10 sessions of physical therapy for 2 scholarship recipients who will work with our trusted PFPT partner, Dr. Karen Kowenski. We’re starting small so that we can learn how to make this program bigger and successful. We hope this program will lead to other facets of endo care.
Who is the physical therapist EFHou is partnering with for Healing Hou?
Dr. Karen Kowenski is a Houston-based pelvic floor physical therapist and board certified clinical specialist in women's health. Empowering patients through confidence and care, Dr. Kowenski believes making even small, realistic changes can help you meet your goals. With over 10 years of experience treating orthopedic and pelvic floor conditions, she also looks beyond the pelvis to take a full-body approach to helping patients find relief. She also serves on EFHou's Advisory Board. To learn more about Dr. Kowenski, please visit: https://www.empoweryourselfpt.com/about
Who should apply?
Scholarship eligibility depends on the applicant’s circumstances (i.e., Underlying cause of pain, endometriosis diagnosis, financial situation and other life factors) and meeting a set of requirements, as listed below:
Applicants must be 18 years old or older.
Applicants must be a resident of the greater Houston area.
We strive to be diverse and inclusive regarding ethnicity, sexual orientation, social economic status. Note that meeting grant requirements does not assure receiving a grant. We are unable to fund all of those who apply at this moment.
I would like to support to the program. How can I help?
There are several ways to donate:
1) You can donate to us directly here.
2) You can donate through PayPal.
3) You can mail us a check to:
Endometriosis Foundation of Houston
12645 Memorial Dr #F-1
Houston, Texas 77024
4) You can easily create a Facebook Fundraiser for the Endometriosis Foundation of Houston. Share it with supporters and encourage them to help you raise money on Facebook.
Create a fundraiser here: https://www.facebook.com/fund/EFHou/
Thank you so much for your support!