Women’s health issues often originate with the pelvic floor muscles. When these muscles are underactive or weak, symptoms such as prolapse and incontinence can result. When they are overactive or have excessive tension, discomfort and even painful symptoms may be present. While it can be embarrassing to talk about these types of symptoms, the physical therapists at Restore Physical Therapy have specialized training to help address these conditions. In some cases, with a better understanding of how the pelvic floor muscles work, after your first visit you may see results.
You may benefit from women’s health physical therapy if you have diagnoses such as prolapse, urinary incontinence, dyspareunia, vaginismus, vestibulitis, vulvodynia, coccyx pain, piriformis syndrome, sciatica, pelvic pain/dysfunction, constipation, fecal incontinence, and lower abdominal pain.
ANTEPARTUM & POSTPARTUM
A woman’s body experiences many changes during pregnancy. These musculoskeletal changes can be painful and challenging. Your needs during pregnancy are unique and often change as your pregnancy progresses. Physical therapy can reduce your pain, prevent symptoms from becoming chronic, and keep you at your physical best. During pregnancy you may experience low back pain, instability of the sacroiliac joints and your pelvis, sciatica, rib pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, postural changes, round ligament pain, vulvar varicosities, coccyx pain, pubic symphysis pain, and pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. The therapists at Restore Physical Therapy have specialized training to address all of these changes and conditions.
In the postpartum months your body again experiences many changes. Clinical research supports rehabilitation after a normal or challenging delivery or pregnancy can prevent incontinence, prolapse, and/or sexual dysfunction. It is important to regain muscle strength and restore proper length so that you may safely return to activity and exercise. The demands of caring for your newborn may cause back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and/or pelvic floor dysfunction. You may have a separation of the abdominal wall, called diastasis recti, that requires correction for safe return to exercise. You may have symptoms related to recovering from a Cesarean birth. Pubic symphysis pain, coccyx pain, painful intercourse, scar tissue and adhesions may also be present postpartum. At Restore Physical Therapy, our staff has specialized training to determine if you have any postpartum dysfunction and to address the dysfunction.
Whether your menopause is natural or induced, there are many physical changes that take place. These changes can be musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, vulvovaginal, or cognitive. Symptoms of urinary urge or incontinence, constipation or fecal staining, pain during sex, low libido, abdominal or pelvic pain may result in depression, embarrassment, dependence on medications, or withdrawal from living a full active life. All of these are treatable conditions, but most women, and many of their doctors, don't realize there are physical therapists with highly specialized training in this area of practice available to help you get your life back. At Restore we are trained to help you through the transition.
Whether you have an acute sprain or strain in a muscle or joint, are post surgical, or have had ongoing issues in a muscle or joint, Restore Physical Therapy staff will do a comprehensive evaluation of your movement and function to determine the root cause. Typically your symptoms will be addressed with manual therapy and therapeutic exercise.
A diagnosis of osteopenia or osteoporosis can often cause concern, and the fear of falling and experiencing a fracture can be debilitating. There are safe ways to move and exercise that can prevent falls and fractures, and there are exercises that can be done that help maintain bone density and prevent further bone loss. The staff at Restore Physical Therapy can guide you through a program and make sure you remain active, safely.