Women’s Health encompasses a wide range of diagnoses. Symptoms may include but are not limited too, pelvic pain, incontinence, constipation, pain with intercourse, weakness, tightness, low back pain, and sacroiliac pain. At performance therapy you will be seen one on one with a licensed physical therapist. Our physical therapists in our Women’s Health program have been to specialized training in Women’s Health and are committed to staying up to date on the current research to best help our patients receive the best care possible.
What to expect?
At Performance Therapy we provide one on one treatments and patients will see the same therapist each visit when being treated for pelvic floor dysfunction. Each visit will last 30-60 minutes depending on the individual patients needs. A thorough internal pelvic floor muscle exam when appropriate in addition to a thorough musculoskeletal and neuromuscular exam is performed to determine a physical therapy diagnosis. Equipment such as external or EMG may be used to provide feedback to patients on their resting pelvic floor tone.
Using this information we can help patients reduce muscle tone or strengthen their pelvic floor muscles to improve their condition. For those with minimal pelvic floor strength we have electrical stimulation units available to assist one in increasing muscle contractions. In addition, we offer patients the ability to rent a home stimulation unit to continue their care in the privacy of their own home.
An average of 35% of women have urinary incontinence (UI), with female athletes ranging from 28-80% especially with higher impact sports. (Heath et al, 2014) This condition, whether it be stress, urge, or mixed incontinence can significantly affect one’s quality of life. Our physical therapists are specially trained to evaluate and treat stress and urge incontinence, pelvic pain, and hypertonic (constricted) or hypotonic (weak) pelvic floor.
Pelvic pain affects 24% of women worldwide and can limit 50% with their daily activities. (Chronic Pelvic Pain, 2014) Several etiologies can be the culprit of pelvic pain such as abdominal surgery, episiotomy, pregnancy, muscle imbalance, etc. and several objective findings are common in those with pelvic pain, especially chronic pelvic pain. Such findings include hypertonic pelvic floor muscles, excessive lumbar lordosis, decreased hip internal rotation, and tenderness of the pelvic floor, (King, 1991 and Loving et al, 2014) which can all be treated through physical therapy to decrease acute or chronic pelvic pain.
Pregnancy and post partum can be challenging on the musculoskeletal system. Hormone changes can cause ligaments to become lax, weight gain can overload joints, and posture changes stress the musculoskeletal system. Let Performance Therapy assist you with proper evaluation and treatment to help manage your symptoms. Common problem areas include:
- Spinal pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Round ligament pain
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
- Low back pain
- pelvic pain
- painful intercourse