I suffered a third-degree tear after birthing my daughter, and struggled with a myriad of problems (pain, incontinence, and scar tissue, to name a few). Almost three years later, I heard about pelvic PT and immediately made an appointment with Allie, who I now believe might actually be made of magic. In our first session, she got rid of a muscle spasm that had been plaguing me with pain for almost three years! Since then, every other problem that I have has either been resolved or significantly improved (we’re still working together). I’ve gotten so many aspects of my life back since meeting her and will be forever grateful.
Allie is gentle, smart, and has been able to help me relax and feel comfortable during therapy. She is also encouraging, easy to talk to, and able to adapt her treatment to a wide range of symptoms and issues. She is incredibly knowledgeable and I find it easy to trust her advice and guidance.
These days, I recommend pelvic PT to every woman I know, and would recommend Allie in a heartbeat.
I was concerned moving to the D.C. area, that I would not be able to find a specialist in pelvic floor care. I was very lucky to be referred to ITR. Jen is highly trained, very experienced, and possessed of excellent intuition. Her touch is sure, and precise, and she is skilled at patient education regarding “trouble spots” on the body. She is also warm, with a great sense of humor and a lot of perspective.
I’m not sure even how to begin to explain how much Jennifer Chu, and her practice, saved my life. Anyone who lives with chronic pain knows how hard it is to function and live day in and day out. My specific story has to do with all sorts of drama of a misaligned body, a sunny side up baby, a less than capable mid-wife and a 42 hour labor… I was broken – physically and mentally – when Jennifer came into my life. She not only helped begin the long (and still ongoing, but worlds better) process of putting Humpty-Dumpty back together again – physically and mentally. I had visited many DRs and other medical professionals, as well as more Eastern practices before I arrived at Jennifer’s doorstep. None of them had any answers… or their answers were completely wrong (one chiropractor saying I would be fine and running after just a few weeks… I’m currently more than 2 1/2 years post delivery and only now considering maybe being able to start back jogging in the Fall). Jennifer was brutally honest with me about what she knew AND what she didn’t know. She also let me know something of what was going on inside of me and always explained exactly what she was doing and why. I had a lot of internal and external pelvis pain. Jennifer was able to, fairly quickly, fix me internally, with just a few visits (for that both my husband and I thoroughly thank her!). The outside has been trickier but my quality of life increased dramatically just a few short months after I started seeing Jen. And Jen was able to give me some tools/strategies and excercises I could do at home that would ‘take the edge off’ when things got bad. I can not express enough or sing praises loud enough to explain what a true blessing it was that I found Jennifer Chu. Truly. There are very few, if any, people that are as capable as she is, especially in relation to pelvis issues. I know. I looked everywhere. She is the one. I highly recommend her to everyone and anyone!
Jen has been a lifesaver for me. I began seeing her for pelvic floor dysfunction. At that time, I had seen numerous doctors and physical therapists without success, and I had given up on getting better. I reluctantly saw Jen at the insistence of my doctor, and I’m so glad I did. She is extremely knowledgeable, skilled, and compassionate. My conditions are particularly complicated and challenging. Jen more than rose to the challenge, working diligently to treat my conditions. Over time, I developed numerous other medical conditions, including bladder dysfunctions, colorectal problems, abdominal pain, orthopedic dysfunctions, chronic pain, and vertigo. Jen was unphased by these new challenges, working tirelessly to identify the causes and treat all of my symptoms. Unlike the dozens of health care providers I have seen, Jen does not not use a one size fits all approach. Instead, she develops a tailored treatment approach for each visit. She listens carefully to my symptoms on a particular day and to how my body is responding to treatments, and adapts her treatments accordingly. Jen is continually taking new trainings and perfecting new skills. She is a gifted physical therapist, and she is devoted to helping her patients. Because of her exceptional skill and dedication, Jen has helped me recover from a number of complicated conditions, and she has helped me regain a normal life.
As a man in his late 20’s who was diagnosed with chronic pelvic pain, I was reluctant to go to physical therapy to treat my problem. I was admittedly embarrassed to talk about the details of such private matters with anyone, let alone a physical therapist whom I’d never met. I sheepishly scheduled an appointment with Jen after she was recommended by my doctor. At my first appointment, I was put at ease almost immediately. Her professionalism combined with her sensitive and responsive manner made it very easy for me to discuss the details of my condition and, in turn, helped me to overcome it. I’d gone to several doctors before being diagnosed correctly. It seemed like several physicians were unaware of conditions of pelvic floor area. However, Jen’s depth and breadth of knowledge of the subject left an impression on me. Accordingly, I’d recommend Jen Chu to anyone who has health issues with the pelvic floor (and surrounding areas).
Jen was a joy and pleasure to work with. I am so thankful for her keen insight and intuition. Before seeing Jen, I had a horrendous experience with a physical therapist that left me in more pain then I started with. Jen was a God-send and exactly who I needed to see at this time in my life. I will remain forever grateful for her help with my pain. Renee F
I am a 66-year old woman, who had suffered for two years with painful intercourse. I tried every lubricating product I could find, thinking I was a victim of post-menopausal vaginal dryness. I was physically and emotionally in pain. When I visited my gynecologist (the brilliant and caring Dr. Susan Hurson), she diagnosed me with a pelvic floor disorder. She then highly recommended that I see Jen Chu, who is also brilliant and caring!
Jen was able to verify my diagnosis and assure me that I would be just fine after a series of physical therapy visits. Jen’s initial exam was similar to a gynecological exam. She was so professional and so gentle, that there was no pain during her exam. She was able to teach me stretching techniques that released the tight muscles that were causing my pain; and within a couple of months, I was having pain-free sex.
I had never heard of this disorder, and it was very frightening to go to see a therapist that was going to perform unknown therapy procedures. Let me assure you, Jen is a woman who cares very deeply for her patients and about their pain. Within minutes of meeting her, I felt like I had found someone who understood what I was going through, was able to “fix it,” and to whom I was able to talk about everything. She is someone who was absolutely put on this earth to help people, and is a capable, skillful, caring therapist. I am blessed that I found her!
Allie is absolutely amazing! She approaches each session with incredible professionalism, tenderness and humor and always has a way of putting me immediately at ease when I have to ask or answer those not so comfortable questions about my body and its functions. Most importantly, she takes the time to really listen and her insight and advice is incredibly valuable. I always walk away feeling more knowledge and better about my situation then I did walking in.
Jen Chu has truly put together an extraordinary program at ITR Physical Therapy. I could have found someone closer to home and within network to save myself the commute and out of network fees but it just wouldn’t be worth it. The quality of service and care I receive is simply exceptional! Jen F
I sought out a women’s physical therapist after the birth of my baby. The c-section and the ever-present scar were causing me pain and a good deal of emotional grief. At 5.5 months postpartum I could not bring myself to touch the scar area in any way except to clean it in the shower. I was also having issues with painful intercourse which I suspected dated back to years before the delivery due to an awkward fall on my coccyx. Jen helped me in all of these areas. Surprisingly and to my great relief, the emotional baggage from my c-section lifted with every month of treatment. After three months I have minimal pain at the scar area, on which I plan to continue working deeper myself according to Jen’s suggestions. She also helped me understand the causes of my internal pain, providing some excellent books to borrow. I experienced noticeable improvement in this area thanks to the course of treatment. I also learned self-treatment techniques and the proper way to practice Kegel exercises. I was also given suggestions for stabilization exercises for the abdominal/lumbar/pelvic region. This was a valuable investment in my physical and emotional health and I think that every woman needs this kind of therapy after delivery, especially after a surgical one. I wish more doctors and midwives made this recommendation because I feel that women do not know about this option and keep suffering pain and grief for years, if not decades. I credit my wonderful nurse for awakening me to this type of treatment in response to my complaints about painful intercourse and the books Bringing Up Bebe and Wild Feminine for highlighting the importance of pelvic floor therapy postpartum and in general. I also feel that Jen is uniquely skilled in this line of work and she brings a very empathetic personal touch to the sessions. I was lucky to have met her.