By: Laura Wong, PT, DPT, CSCS.
Why you may need women’s health physical therapy
Women’s health physical therapy is a form of care that is frequently overlooked. Many pelvic floor conditions and disorders are extremely common, but often women choose not to seek help. Why is this? Some say because they are embarrassed and others say that they don’t believe good treatment options exist. Needless to say, at AmeriCare we want women to feel comfortable discussing these concerns and we want to make sure you feel taken care of. We have listed some quick steps to help you determine if you could benefit from women’s health physical therapy.
How to determine when you should get help:
Ask yourself if you are experiencing any of the conditions listed below. If you say yes to any of them, you could benefit from women’s health physical therapy.
- Peeing when coughing, sneezing, or exercising
- A sense of urgency to use the restroom
- Low back pain
- Bowel or bladder dysfunction
Who should you see?
Women’s Health Physical Therapists
Specialists who evaluate and treat women with a tailored understanding of their physiological differences and the impact of hormones on specific conditions and recovery.
What your treatment may look like:
Women’s Health physical therapy encompasses a combination of biofeedback, manual therapy, relaxation techniques, therapeutic exercises, and neuromuscular training that can address a variety of conditions including incontinence, osteoporosis, prolapse, menopause, pregnancy, and pelvic pain.
- Strengthening the muscles of the pelvic floor can reduce stress and urinary incontinence symptoms
- Core and lumbar strengthening can reduce low back pain during or after pregnancy
- Biofeedback can help to retrain contraction and relaxation of pelvic muscles
- Comprehensive home exercise programs and educational materials to manage symptoms at home