Women’s Health Physical Therapy at React
Specialized Care for Living your Best Life
It might be obvious, but women’s and men’s bodies are different. Different hormones, different bone structures, and a few key different organs. Due to some of these differences, women are more predisposed to experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction and may require more specialized treatment.
What is Women’s Health Physical Therapy?
Women’s health PT is a specialized area of physical therapy in which a women’s health physical therapist will evaluate and treat the musculoskeletal disorders that a woman may experience throughout her lifetime, from young athletes to postmenopausal women. This may include conditions such as:
- Urinary incontinence
- Urinary urgency
- Bowel incontinence
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Pelvic pain
- Issues during pregnancy and postpartum recovery
- Low back and/or SI joint pain
And many more diagnoses!
What is the pelvic floor?
The pelvic floor is a group of striated muscles that attach from your pubic bone to the coccyx (tailbone) and in between your ischial tuberosities (“sit bones”). It makes up the “floor” of your core. These muscles can become dysfunctional (weak, tight, inhibited, etc.) for a variety of reasons, and if they do become dysfunctional, it can be the cause of many of the common diagnoses.
All of these conditions are common, but they are not normal.
Why you should see a women’s health specialist?
A women’s health physical therapist has additional education and training to evaluate and treat musculoskeletal conditions specific to women. Additionally, some women’s health therapists are able to perform a pelvic exam to assess the muscles of the pelvic floor which can be very beneficial in understanding your condition and creating a plan of care specific to you! While an internal exam may be part of your treatment, it does not necessarily need to be depending on your needs. Make sure you talk this through with your therapist.
Who needs a women’s health therapist?
Women from all walks of life can experience pelvic floor dysfunction. You don’t need to have given birth to have pelvic floor dysfunction!
Can’t I just do Kegels?
Not all women benefit from doing Kegels and in some cases, it can actually make symptoms worse.
My symptoms are not that severe, why is this important?
Pelvic floor dysfunction and the conditions associated with it are common, but they are not NORMAL and they may even get progressively worse! While these conditions are not life-threatening, they can be distracting and interfere with your everyday life and limit your ability to be active and participate in social activities. By addressing the symptoms and the cause, we can restore function to your pelvic floor and ultimately free you from the symptoms that keep you from living the life you want.