At Fit-N-Wise, our physical therapists in the Women’s Health Services program offer compassionate treatment customized to your needs.
From puberty to menopause and through senior years, a woman’s body goes through many unique changes.
In the past, women suffering from issues like urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, pregnancy-related or post-partum pain, have had to rely on medication and surgery for treatment. However, physical therapy can also offer an effective solution to many of these and other problems.
Our therapists can help you restore healthy movement and function so that you can feel good and are able to focus on the important things in your life. With manual techniques and a personal health program, relief could be close at hand.
Women searching for ways to live from day to day with pain and discomfort might be surprised to know that physical therapy can offer a solution to many of the following problems. With manual techniques and a personal health program, relief could be close at hand.
Pain in the lower abdomen, groin or vagina is a common complaint among women and can be a symptom of a wide variety of diagnoses. These causes can manifest themselves in a large variety of symptoms such as:
- Pain or discomfort with intercourse or tampon use
- Pain with physical exertion or sitting
- Urinary urgency and frequency
- Back, abdominal, tailbone or hip pain
- Pelvic pressure
It can be caused by musculoskeletal conditions such as pelvic joint dysfunction, muscle spasms, abnormal postures, weakness or a combination of these. Nearly 80 muscles attach or extend into the pelvis. An imbalance in any of these may cause symptoms to arise.
Here are some treatments that can help with these issues.
- Manual Therapy Techniques
- Exercise specific to you
- Home exercise and education for self-management of symptoms
Muscle spasms, weakness, decreased flexibility, and/or scar adhesions may result in discomfort and inefficient movement habits following medical procedures such as C-sections, episiotomy, hysterectomy, abdominal surgery or breast surgery. These adhesions can lead to symptoms such as:
- Back, abdominal, groin or tailbone pain
- A feeling of tightness or “pulling” in the abdomen
- Hip pain
- Limited motion
Loss of Bladder Control
Twenty-six percent of women ages 30-59 deal with this serious and often embarrassing problem. You are not alone. Incontinence can affect the young, active athletes as well as mature women. It can be caused by weak or tight pelvic floor muscles from surgery, child bearing, injury or poor bladder habits. Treatment for Urinary incontinence is similar to treating other muscles in your body. The pelvic floor can be strengthened with specific exercises targeting the hips, back and pelvis. We utilize biofeedback for alternative treatments, as well. Incontinence is not an inevitable part of aging—or motherhood!
Pregnancy and Post-Partum Care
Back pain ails more than 50% of all pregnant women.The addition of physical therapy and home exercise has many benefits to the expectant mother. These benefits include:
- A decreased risk of low back
- Prevention of pre-eclampsia
- Easier labor and recovery period
- Improvement in symptoms such asneck and upper back pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, low back pain, sciatica, public bone pain, coccyx or tailbone pain and incontience.
Pelvic pain and pelvic floor dysfunction are quite common after pregnancy. They are also highly treatable. Your physician and physical therapist will work together to implement treatments including pelvic floor exercises, relaxation techniques, and manual techniques to aid in painful joints, muscles and ligaments.
For more information on pregnancy and post-partum care, click on the links below to view and download the following booklets:
- Physical Therapy & Exercise During Pregnancy
- Labor and Delivery Positional Strategies
- Postpartum Recovery
Pregnancy Education Classes
Pregnancy and childbirth education classes can be extremely beneficial to both first-time parents and parents who have already had a child. Fit-N-Wise offers Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby classes on an ongoing basis