Women’s Health

Physical Therapy for Women’s Health

The pelvic floor consists of a group of muscles within the pelvis that help support pelvic organs and have an important role in controlling bowel and bladder function. When muscles of the pelvic floor are not functioning properly, this can lead to urinary and/or bowel incontinence and pelvic pain.  Pregnancy and -muscle tension, incoordination, and weakness. Though pelvic floor dysfunctions are COMMON–approximately 1 in 4 women experience some variation of plevic floor dysfunction–these pelvic floor dysfunctions should not be considered NORMAL. Pelvic floor physical therapy can help you with these intimate concerns. You are not alone–we can help.

At OSPTI, we aim to help you understand and rehab these delicate and intimate concerns. Treatment will be one-on-one with your therapist in a discreet environment to provide comfort and ease from the very beginning. All treatments are individually designed after a thorough evaluation and discussion about your individual goals.

What can I expect?

  • At your first appointment, you can expect a full one-on-one hour-long session with your therapist.
  • Your therapist will review the history of your concern and complete an evaluation that includes: assessment of the hips, spine, abdomen, and pelvis.
  • If necessary, and with patient consent, an internal examination may be performed to further determine beneficial treatment options.
  • Your therapist will help discuss appropriate lifestyle changes, bowel and bladder health/habits, and correct exercise techniques individual to each patient concern to help improve symptoms and reach patient goals.

What conditions do we treat?

  • Urinary & Bowel Incontinence
  • Frequent Urination/Incomplete Emptying
  • Urinary Urgency
  • Chronic Constipation
  • Pelvic Pain or Pressure
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse-Bulging Sensation
  • Pain with Intercourse
  • Abdominal Pain & Discomfort
  • Pregnancy/Postpartum
  • Diastasis Recti
  • SI Joint/Pubic Symphysis Dysfunction
  • Low Back or Hip Pain
  • Dysmenorrheal or Menopausal Symptoms
  • Osteoporosis
  • Post Surgical–Hysterectomy, C-section, Sling Procedure, Radiation, etc.

Treatment Options:

  • Soft tissue mobilization techniques–both external and internal (if appropriate/necessary)
  • Strengthening exercises (including but NOT limited to kegels)
  • Biofeedback training–a useful alternative to surgery, non-invasive, and no side effects
  • Pelvic floor awareness and relaxation techniques
  • Vaginal dilator techniques
  • Bladder health education
  • Bladder retraining
  • Behavior modification
  • Proper body mechanics
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Hot and cold therapy

Please call us with any questions at (218) 641 7725.