At Havelock Physical Therapy, we offer a personalized treatment approach to improve the quality of life for women through physical therapy in a comfortable and supportive environment.

What is Women’s Health?

Millions of women live with pelvic floor dysfunction, which can lead to urinary and/or bowel incontinence, prolapse and/or pelvic pain. Pregnancy, childbirth, surgery, trauma, chronic coughing, constipation and aging can lead to pelvic floor muscle weakness, tension and incoordination. Although urinary incontinence and pelvic pain are common among women, neither is a normal part of childbirth or aging.

What Conditions are Treated by Women’s Health Physical Therapists?

  • Low back and pelvic pain during pregnancy
  • Post-partum care
  • Decreased core and pelvic strength following delivery
  • Diastsis recti (ab separation)
  • Discomfort during or following sexual intimacy
  • Painful menstruation
  • Coccyx pain
  • Generalized pelvic pain
  • Urinary incontinence (stress, urge or mixed)
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Post-surgical care (cesarean, episiotomy, sling procedure, prolapse repair or radiation)

 

Treatment Options:

  • Patient education
  • External and internal soft tissue mobilization, myofascial massage, trigger point release
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Stretching exercises
  • Muscle awareness exercises
  • Biofeedback and electrical stimulation
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Home exercise program

 

What to Expect:

Initial Evaluation:

  • A physical therapist will review medical history and diagnosis and address any concerns.
  • Patients will undergo a comprehensive musculoskeletal evaluation including both an external and internal assessment.
  • Internal manual examination and therapy is an important part of pelvic health care to correctly diagnosis and treat the condition(s). The internal assessment will be discussed with the patient and may not be implemented at the first visit depending on patient comfort level.
  • Patients will be provided with the education, tools and knowledge to achieve their goals.

Follow-up Treatments:

  • Treatment frequency and duration will be based on the evaluation findings, provider recommendations and patient comfort level.
  • Patients will be prescribed an individualized treatment plan including a customized variety of manual therapy, strengthening exercises, stretching,\ and modalities to best treat any specific concerns.
  • All patients will be provided with a home exercise program to optimize their function and return them to all of the activities they enjoy.

Get Help for Incontinence and Pelvic Pain

at Havelock Physical Therapy

We recognize that this may be a sensitive subject, but you aren’t alone. Incontinence and pelvic pain are never normal but are very common and very treatable. 

Contact us to discuss your challenges and learn more about how therapy can help you feel and function like yourself again.