Twenty-nine-year-old Jasmine Evelyn is a registered physiotherapist specializing in pelvic health who obtained her qualifications at the University of Brighton in England. She is also the Vice President for the Barbados Association of Endometriosis and PCOS as she specializes in physiotherapy services catering to pelvic health conditions.
She told Barbados TODAY that she decided on her career after she shadowed a physiotherapist one summer and loved it.
“I knew it was the perfect fit for me. Here was a career that was very interactive and engaging with lots of variety. Every patient required something different. It was a profession that allowed me to serve others and improve their quality of life while using something that I loved – movement!” she said.
After completing her studies at the University of Brighton in 2015 she began her company Mindful Movement which encompasses both physiotherapy and yoga.
“I chose the name after a series of yoga-related injuries and realizing that mindfulness was missing from my yoga practice. Now, I try to share the concept of moving mindfully to my patients and yoga students,” she said.
The registered physiotherapist also took her business idea a step further by partnering with the Barbados Association of Endometriosis and PCOS.
“As a pelvic health physiotherapist, I help to manage and treat the pelvic floor dysfunction that is often associated with Endometriosis and P.C.O.S. After giving huge props to Julia Mandeville (now president of the association) for sharing her journey of living with endometriosis via a blog post, she reached out to me about her idea to start an association to advocate for women living with these diseases. Along with a few other amazing ladies, we started the organization. I am currently the vice president of B.A.E.P.
“As a registered yoga teacher, I use yoga regularly in my physiotherapy practice as research has shown its many benefits for pelvic health. It was, therefore, my pleasure to offer these classes to the association. [They are held] every 3rd Friday of the month, with all funds going towards our charity B.A.E.P. It is a great way to share yoga and fundraise,” she said, adding that her clinical focus is pelvic health for both men and women.
“I basically help patients to treat and manage their pelvic floor dysfunction that may occur as a result of lifestyle, disease, pregnancy, abdominal or pelvic surgery to name a few. Pelvic floor dysfunction can manifest as urinary/faecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, painful sex, chronic constipation, pelvic girdle pain and the list could go on! I also help patients to regain their core strength post pregnancy and manage scars post abdominal or pelvic surgery,” she said, adding that Barbadians should maintain a healthy lifestyle as we have one of the highest rates of diabetes per capita in the world.
“It is very important that we as Barbadians stay active! Exercise has been proven to help improve the control of blood sugar and reduce risks of stroke and heart disease. I always remind persons that exercise does not have to involve going to the gym, it can be taking an active walk on the beach, dancing or making conscious efforts to use the stairs at work and park further away from the main entrance. Regular exercise is an important step to taking control of your health,” she said.
“One of our World Physiotherapy Day slogans sums it up well, ‘exercise adds years to your life and life to your years.’ Our bodies were made to move, we have joints and muscles that were made to facilitate movement and that need movement to thrive and be happy. Therefore, inactivity leads to so many diseases and dysfunctions. Exercise is vital to a good quality of life,” she stressed.
When asked if she found it challenging to cater to everyone’s rehabilitation needs, Evelyn said that she found it the best part of her job.
“If everyone needed the same treatment plan, I would be soooo bored! I love how creative you need to be as a physiotherapist. You have to make sure that your patients can get back out into their gardens, back to running, even back to having a healthy, pain-free sexual relationship with their partners. Everyone who comes through the door is different and I love that,” she said.
She described herself as being an extroverted introvert who loves serving others before herself.
“I am an easy-going person who loves movement, especially dance and yoga. I am an avid foodie, the mother of two beautiful pups and slave to two entitled cats. I am an extroverted introvert who enjoys and loves people but relishes alone time. I consider myself lucky to have found two jobs that allow me to be of service to others. I honestly could not see myself being anything other than a physiotherapist and yoga teacher,” she said, adding that if she had to describe herself in three words, she would say that she is empathetic, inventive and hungry.
Evelyn advises persons interested in contacting her to check her Barbados Yellow Pages listing under Mindful Movement in the physiotherapy section or visit her website www.mindfulmovementbarbados.com.