Women's health spans an age range from teenagers and young athletes through their childbearing, menopause, and into their elderly years. Women's health issues include pre-natal/post-partum care, pelvic pain, incontinence, endometriosis, irritable bowel syndrome, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, musculoskeletal injuries…
Women's Health Concerns
- Low back pain
- Frequent urination
- Back pain
- Leg edema
- Shortness of breath
- Interstitial cystitis
- Pelvic floor organ prolapse
- Urinary incontinence including urgency, frequency, retention
- Fecal incontinence
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Inflammatory Bowel Disorders
- Pelvic floor organ prolapse
- Lichens Planus
- Lichens Sclerosus
- Pelvic Congestion
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- Pelvic Pain
- Vulvar Vestibulitis
- The inability to conceive after one year of well timed and unprotected sexual intercourse. Physical therapy can help to free soft tissue restrictions and adhesions in order to increase mobility of the reproductive organs. Treatment can also help decrease spasms around the reproductive organs, ease localized pain and related anxiety.
- Post Mastectomy:
- Lack of movement can cause stiffness in the shoulder and pain or swelling in the upper extremity. Physical therapy will assist with increasing range of motion, strength, improving posture and decrease swelling. It can also help to decrease pain in the neck, shoulder, chest and abdomen. Manual techniques will help decrease scar tissue and increase circulation.
Endometriosis is a medical condition wherein tissue similar to uterine tissue is found outside the uterus (ovaries, fallopian tubes). Menstrual endometrium regurgitates from the uterus, through the fallopian tubes, and into the pelvis and peritoneal cavity. The tissue can also be found in scars (c-sec, laparoscopy) and on the bladder, bowel, intestines, colon, appendix, and rectum. Rarely, it is found inside the vagina, bladder, or on the skin.
- is a clear watery fluid containing white blood cells that circulates throughout the lymphatic system, removing bacteria and certain proteins from the body's tissues, transporting fat from the small intestine, and supplying mature lymphocytes to the blood for the immune system as it travels back to the venous system through the thoracic duct.
- is chronic swelling in the arm or leg following damage to the lymph nodes or lymph vessels.
- Lymphatic massage/manual lymphatic drainage
- is a technique that uses very light pressure with soft pumping movements in the direction of lymph nodes to help increase lymph flow, removing harmful substances from tissues and improving metabolism, which will increase immune function.
A cystocele is the fall of the bladder into the vagina due to pelvic floor muscle weakness and may result in incomplete emptying of the bladder and consequently urinary leakage. It is graded from mild (grade 1; possbily no symptoms) to severe (grade 3, wherein the bladder protrudes out of the vagina). It may occur due to repeated muscle straining (during childbirth) and/or estrogen deficiency (seen with menopause and/or oral contraceptive pill usage). Hysterectomies also weaken the pelvic floor muscles and may lead to a cystocele.
A cystocele can be managed with pelvic floor physical therapy which includes strengthening of the pelvic floor muscles. A pessary (ex. Colpexin) may also be prescribed by the referring physician. Surgery is prescribed when physical therapy and/or a pessary are not effective.
A cystocele may be prevented through correct body mechanics with lifting, avoidance of straining, controlling and treating constipation (increases pressure on the bladder during straining), weight control, and kegels (performed under supervision of the physical therapist initially to prevent pelvic floor muscle tightness).
- Herniation of the small intestine between rectum and vagina.
- A rectocele is the herniation of rectal tissue in the vaginal wall and may sometimes lead to drooping of vaginal tissue out of the vaginal canal. It may occur with childbirth, chronic constipation, chronic coughing, heavy lifting, estrogen deficiency and/or obesity. Symptoms may include constipation and/or pelvic pain. A rectocele may be prevented through correct body mechanics with lifting, avoidance of straining, controlling and treating constipation, weight control, and kegels. A rectocele can be managed with pelvic floor physical therapy, pessary, or surgery.
- Uterine Prolapse
- Herniation of the uterus into the vagina.
Treatment may include:
- External and internal manual therapy including: myofascial release and trigger point release, visceral manipulation, connective tissue manipulation, and craniosacral therapy
- Biofeedback, electrical stimulation, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
- Cold laser, heat and cold therapy
We encourage treatment to be multidisciplinary and holistic. We offer help with stress management, nutritional counseling, massage therapy, support groups and psychological services. Read more about complementary services.
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