Helping women of all ages live more confidently.
What is women’s health physical therapy?
Women’s Health Physical Therapists are often the problem-solvers that gynecologists, obstetricians, urologists and other doctors call when confronted with a gender-specific medical mystery, like discomfort during sex, after childbirth or while going to the bathroom.
What conditions are treated with women’s health physical therapy?
Although chronic pelvic pain is one of the most prevalent medical complaints among women, it remains an issue that many live with for years before seeking help.
Pelvic pain can effect nearly everything you do–from sitting, using the bathroom, or having sex. Sometimes, pain is caused by an medical condition like vulvodynia, endometriosis, or vaginismus. Other times, pain and discomfort start after physical trauma (falls, childbirth, or surgery.)
Ellen Fineman Physical Therapy offers a conservative, holistic approach to managing pelvic pain. We encourage patients to call to discuss their specific conditions.
Commonly conditions causing pelvic pain:
- Coccygeal (tailbone) pain
- Sacroiliac (SI) dysfunction
- Pudendal neuralgia (PN)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Levator Ani Syndrome
Incontinence & constipation
Fifty percent of adult women will have incontinence at some point in their lives. Pregnancy, age, and the effects of decreasing estrogen can all contribute to incontinence. Constipation and incontinence are often caused by dysfunctional habits. I work with patients using strengthening, biofeedback, and education to help you self-manage and overcome limiting factors for your lifestyle.
Pelvic organ prolapse is a medical condition that occurs when there is weakness or damage to the normal support of the pelvic floor. When the muscles that hold the pelvic organs become weak or stretched, the organs—the bladder, uterus, small bowel, rectum—can drop from their normal spot and push against the wall of the vagina. Pregnancy and excessive weight gain are two of the most common causes of prolapse. We work with women to prevent prolapse and to also regain function after prolapse surgery. Some of the things we work on include posture, dysfunctional bladder habits, and core strengthening.
Preparing for childbirth is an exciting time, but can put considerable strain on our bodies. Ellen works with expecting mothers of all ages to alleviate discomforts of pregnancy, like back, groin, and tailbone pain. We also work to educate women about steps they can take for smoother labor and deliveries.
“Bouncing back after baby” isn’t as easy as it sounds. Luckily, women’s health physical therapists work to help women regain pelvic floor & core strength after pregnancy.
Questions about women’s health physical therapy and your needs? Call today at (503) 885 -1480 or contact me online. I look forward to working with you!