There are many issues that relate specifically to women in which physical therapy can help. Some physical therapists have specialized training in these areas to address those needs. At Peak Physical Therapy & Wellness we have designed specific programs for these conditions. Most of the general public are unaware of these non-surgical/ non-medication options. Please read further to see if Peak Physical Therapy & Wellness can help you.
Physical therapy for women’s health begins with a thorough evaluation to identify the source of the problem. Your therapist will then develop an individual treatment plan that may include education and ongoing exercise to ensure the optimum result.
Our Women’s Health program is headed by our Director of Women’s Health, Sue McCarthy PT, and is designed to treat patients challenged by issues such as:
Urinary Incontinence: Urinary incontinence can be characterized by urine loss with exertion or with a sense of urgency. UI affects 30-60% of middle aged and older women as well as 15-30% of younger women. In the past, the only solution was surgery or medication, so it’s not a surprise that many women suffered in silence. Today we have state-ofthe- art treatment plans to help women experiencing this condition.
Pelvic Floor Muscle Training: Physical training to assist the patient in focusing on and isolating muscles in the pelvic floor to develop strength. Your therapist will coach you to perform contractions that build control and endurance.
Pregnancy Low Back Pain: The added weight of pregnancy affects your center of gravity and hormonal fluctuations can affect ligaments, resulting in low back pain. Sacroiliac dysfunctions are very common during pregnancy. There are many ways to treat back issues relating to pregnancy such as manual therapy and muscle energy techniques, gentle core strenthening and educating the patient.
Pelvic Pain: Painful intercourse and pelvic pain can be treated restoring muscle, joint, and nerve function as well as teach a patient to relax a pelvic floor muscle that may be too tight. Even when there is a known medical problem such as endometriosis; physical therapy can help alleviate pain and discomfort associated with the bones, muscles, and ligaments. Massage, stretching, joint mobilization, and internal/ external trigger point releases can restore muscle, joint, and nerve function.
Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis is without symptoms; a condition that is characterized by a decrease in bone mass that can weaken bones, increasing risk of fracture. In many cases, you may not know that you have it until you fracture a bone in your body. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 50% of people with fractures will not regain their quality of life. Your therapist can help you with prevention and strategies to reduce risk of injury through excercise and posture/body mechanics training.
If you are suffering from a galactocele or clogged milk duct our Womegramn's Health Program at Peak can helpn you through the use of ultrasound, cold laser, and massage to help decrease inflammation, soften tissue density, decrease pain and normalize mild flow. Call today if you have any questions.
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