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Physical Therapy for Women: Program Specifics

Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain is any pain that may be associated with activities such as sitting, intercourse, urination, bowel movements, & lower back pain. There are multiple possible causes and physical therapy can help address reestablishing postural alignment to decrease strain throughout entire pelvic region, trigger point and myofascial release, and establish exercise program specific to clients needs.

Incontinence

Incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine. Stress incontinence is leakage with cough, sneeze, lifting, or jumping due to muscles being too weak to counteract the increase in intra-abdominal pressure. Urge incontinence is the strong sensation that you have to urinate right now sometimes with or without leakage. With urge incontinence people usually use the restroom excessively; normal voiding is six to eight times a day. Incontinence is not normal and usually can be improved with physical therapy focusing on pelvic floor strengthening, bladder retraining, & dietary changes to avoid “bladder irritants.”

PreNatal/Post Partum

The pregnant woman may think it is natural to have aches and pains throughout their pregnancy. However, there may be a structural problem that physical therapy can identify and correct to help alleviate their pain. During and after pregnancy a woman can experience pain in the shoulder blades, ribs, low back, groin and legs. These are not normal symptoms and may be treated by a physical therapist.

Moms in Motion is a prenatal and post partum exercise class designed for the healthy expectant mother and up to 18 months post partum. These classes are instructed by CMH physical therapists who are certified in pre and post partum exercise instruction. The classes will include traditional strengthening, stretching and endurance activities including yoga, pilates and resistive exercises to prepare the new mom for her childbirth experience. There are many benefits for the mom and baby through exercise including shorter labor time and easier deliveries, less weight gain for mom, better sleep, higher energy levels and more normal birth weight for baby. Post partum classes will help restore the new mom’s energy, endurance, strength and overall fitness levels to keep pace with her newborn and help her body readjust. Babies are welcome to come to class to “play” with mom.

The classes are available at Rombach Health Center, Rehabilitation Services, 2241 Rombach Ave. Wilmington, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

arrow For more information please call 937.383.7722.
arrow Download Moms in Motion flyer and/registration form.

Breast Cancer Care

Following any type of breast surgery such as mastectomy, lumpectomy, or reconstruction, the soft tissues around the shoulder, chest and under arms may be affected. Tightness, stiffness, pain, and lymphedema or swelling may occur which can result in decreased mobility of your arm and generalized discomfort in the chest area.

Osteoporosis

Women or men with osteoporosis may also benefit from physical therapy. Osteopenia, or weakening of the bones, can progress to osteoporosis. This can place you at an increased risk of broken bones, falls, difficulty walking, pain in your spine, poor posture, and poor mobility in general. Physical therapy can help set up programs designed to increase bone growth, prevent further bone breakdown, and improve balance to prevent future falls.

Fibromyalgia

People who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia often experience deep aching pain and stiffness throughout their body. This may be associated with numerous other issues such as: fatigue, poor sleep, tender (trigger) points, headaches and widespread pain. Physical therapy can identify key areas to address for treatment with the focus on the patient controlling and managing symptoms independently.

The Female Athlete

Female athletes are five times more likely to have a serious knee injury than the male athlete. Due to these numbers, the women’s health team has developed the Technique and Training (T-N-T) program. This training program consists of 18 total sessions over six weeks. It includes flexibility, lower extremity and core strengthening, power building, agility drills, and technique analysis especially of jumping and landing to prevent knee injuries. Mindy Smith, certified athletic trainer, is the main instructor. She is the head athletic trainer for CMH and currently covers Wilmington High School.

arrow Download The Female Althlete flyer/registration form.
arrow Learn more about Physical Therapy for Women with our PDF brochure.

 

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