Women’s Health

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Alive Physical Therapy specializes in pelvic floor dysfunction, pre and post-partum wellness, and health for women of all ages. Low back pain, diastatis recti, urinary incontinence, and tail bone pain, and pain with intercourse can all be treated with conservative methods at Alive Physical Therapy.  For patients seeking prevention on the issues above, we provide education and manual techniques to improve the health of your connective tissue and prevent problems such as perineal tearing during delivery. For patients wanting to strengthen their abdominal, pelvic floor, and back muscles for an easier labor, delivery, and ease of picking up your baby we can guide you through specific exercises and develop a home program that you can really stick to. We also understand the physical changes women face when aging and the science to prevent and decrease health issues such as osteoporosis, pelvic organ prolapse, and humping in the upper back and neck. Patient Education is an important creative commonspiece of each visit.  The pelvis is a complicated and special part of the body and many women may not understand or feel connected to the pelvis.  It has been shown in research that women that understand their medical problems get better faster.

Mags has an empathetic ear and will work with you through all layers of your health issues.  She has extensive post-graduate training, thousands of hours of education and experience beyond a standard physical therapist on pelvic, obstetric and gynecological physical therapy.  Mags also has success working with men for pelvic rehabilitation

We use a variety of treatment modalities as needed including but not limited to: manual therapy, myofascial release, visceral manipulation, Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Massage TM (AT-MAT), Strain-Counterstrain, functional mobiliaton, joint mobilization, computerized biofeedback, electrical stimulation, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), neuromuscular re-education, core stabilization, Pilates, stretching, and more. Most importantly all clients receive a customized home program so you continue to improve at home. For those seeking WELLNESS care we also have group classes.

What we Treat:

Pre-conception . . .  and Anytime

  • Tilted or prolapsed uterus (See Mayan Abdominal Therapy for more details)
  • Strengthen pelvic floor muscles and improve motor control if appropriate
  • Strengthen back and hips to improve mobility and ease of pregnancy
  • Strengthen abdominal muscles to reduce diastasis recti
  • Constipation, other digestive issues
  • Pelvic pain with intercourse (dyspaurenia, vaginismus, vestibulodynia, vulvodynia)
  • Orthopedic injury rehab and prevention
  • Headaches and Jaw pain (TMJ)

Pregnancy

  • Urinary leaking (incontinence)
  • Abdominal muscle splitting (Diastasis Recti)
  • Low back or Sacro-Illiac (SI) Pain
  • Pubic bone pain (Pubic symphysis dysfunction)
  • Rectal pain and tailbone pain (coccygodynia)
  • Swollen legs and feet
  • Knee, ankle, and foot pain
  • Safe bedrest level exercise
  • Pelvic floor strengthening when appropriate

Post-Partum

  • Urine, gas, or stool leaking (incontinence)creative commons
  • C-section scar care and recovery
  • Heaviness in pelvis or prolaspe (cystocele, uterine, rectocele)
  • Head, neck, shoulder, or back pain during nursing
  • Pain with sitting (pudendal neuralgia)
  • Abdominal separation (diastasis recti)
  • Pain with urination/bowel movements (dysuria, dyschezia)
  • Return to pain-free intercourse
  • Difficulty with orgasm/ sexual satisfaction
  • Safe return to exercise

Pre/Post-Menupausal

  • Urine, gas, or stool leaking (incontinence)
  • Heaviness in pelvis or prolaspe (cystocele, uterine, rectocele)
  • Balance issues/ Fall Risk reduction
  • Poor bone density or desire to strengthen bones (Osteoporosis/Osteopenia)
  • Forward curving posture (Dowager’s hump)
  • Sudden urge to urinate or have bowel movement