Provider Profile: Meet Dr. Libby Trausch

Libby Trausch, D.P.T., Physical Therapist at Des Moines University Physical Therapy ClinicName:
Libby Trausch, D.P.T.

Physical Therapist/Clinical Assistant Professor

Physical Therapy Clinic

Undergraduate School:
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa

Medical School:
Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa

Additional Degrees/Training:
Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy
Professional Yoga Therapy Certification (training in progress)

What Attracted Me to Physical Therapy:
After I went back to undergrad to get a second bachelor’s in health promotion, a professor saw how much I enjoyed his Anatomy for Human Movement class (Thank you Robin Lund!) and suggested I look into physical therapy. I was literally sick the day I cancelled my health promotion classes and signed up for chemistry, biology and physics, but it was probably the best decision of my life!

Clinical Interest:
I love working with women throughout the lifespan, but especially during pregnancy and post-partum (even 30 years post-partum!). There are a special set of circumstances that involve women during these years that does not happen to men, and I believe this group of women is grossly underserved in regaining strength, function and their sense of self. Along with this, I work a lot with pelvic dysfunction in both men and women, treating bowel and bladder issues as well as pain. 

Conditions I Treat:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Urinary or fecal incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Urinary urgency/frequency
  • Abdominal pain
  • Back pain
  • Weakness
  • Hip pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Any other musculoskeletal condition that comes up!

How I Spend My Free Time:
I love yoga, walking, clean eating, keeping my two- and four-year-olds busy, planning trips and home improvements with my talented husband and generally learning new things. My current learning involves essential oils and backyard chickens:-).

Health Advice to Live By:
Health and vitality do not come in a pill. Health is something we all have to work on every day through constant physical activity, a diet consisting of whole, unprocessed food, emotional well being and spiritual awareness. Good medicine is slow medicine.

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