The women’s health physical therapy services at Professional are for women in all phases of life. From pre and postnatal issues through postmenopausal symptoms, we have dedicated services to meet the needs of women of all ages.
Professional Physical Therapy has certified physical therapists trained in managing pregnancy-related pain, such as sciatica, as well as carpal tunnel syndrome, pubic symphysis pain, pelvic ligament strain, and ankle swelling. Other conditions all women may seek help for include diastasis recti, urinary incontinence, osteoporosis, osteopenia, fibromyalgia, headache, postmastectomy and cardiovascular disease.
Pregnancy is a common catalyst for experiencing muscle pain. The added weight, poor posture, stress, and variation in your center of gravity are all potential reasons you may experience joint and muscle pain as a pregnant woman. Changes in your posture cause the muscles to work harder, and increased exertion creates fatigue, leading to a decreased motivation to be active.
Low back pain is also extremely common for many expecting mothers. As the uterus and baby grow, the mother’s center of gravity moves forward, increasing the amount of force the muscles must generate for everyday support, causing women to slump forward. Eventually, this poor alignment can result in muscle tightness in the pectoral muscles, rolling the shoulders forward and creating increased stress on the muscles of the neck, shoulders, and mid-back.
It’s also important to note that regular exercise increases physical endurance and muscle strength, especially in the hips, back, and abdomen, making a woman more likely to have a smooth pregnancy. However, many pregnant women forego exercise during their pregnancy, which isn’t doing them any favors. Exercise during pregnancy, whether on your own or through a program devised by a trained physical therapist, can both alleviate your pregnancy pains and make post-pregnancy recovery easier.
Postpartum Physical Therapy is important too
Although you may think the hard part is over, it’s highly recommended to have a physical therapy checkup after your delivery, especially if you have experienced a tear or surgical cut during your delivery. It’s important to work with a physical therapist to make sure it heals appropriately and doesn’t lead to complications. A physical therapist will examine you, run tests, and ensure that you perform physical activities that will keep you healthy, without causing overexertion.
Women's health services at Professional Physical Therapy
Below you can find the specialized women’s physical therapy services we offer. Dedicated physical therapists are trained and skilled to handle women’s health conditions, such as:
Our physical therapists will customize a Women’s physical therapy plan just for you. We will work in an effective way to get you back on your feet, focused on your wellness before, during and after therapy.
Physical therapy can help with common women's health questions
“I am pregnant and have low back pain. What can help alleviate it?”
During pregnancy, back pain is very common. Obstetric physical therapy treatment is often very effective for most women. A thorough musculoskeletal evaluation will enable the physical therapist to create an individualized treatment program that includes manual therapy, specific therapeutic exercise, and patient education to minimize, and often eliminate low back pain.
“What other types of pain or discomfort are normal with pregnancy?”
Each pregnancy is different and discomfort associated with the pregnancy can vary. Symptoms may include pelvic pain, hip pain, sciatica, joint swelling, carpal tunnel syndrome, and middle or upper back pain. The physiological changes that occur in pregnancy may also cause an exacerbation of preexisting orthopedic conditions.
“I had a c-section, when can I return to normal activities?”
Women recover from cesarean sections (c-sections) differently, depending on many factors. It is best to consult with a certified physical therapist who specializes in obstetrics and pre- and postnatal exercise, for guidelines and recommendations on the safest way to return to normal activities. They can create a specialized program to help you recover as quickly as possible.
“Does physical therapy help with urinary incontinence?”
A physical therapist who specializes in women’s physical therapy and health can treat urinary incontinence through exercises that strengthen the pelvic floor, also known as kegel exercises, bladder training, and/or biofeedback. Often, having a better understanding of the condition and receiving proper guidance can assist with this issue.
“What are some of the post-menopausal conditions that physical therapy can help with?”
A qualified physical therapist who specializes in women’s physical therapy is aware of the conditions associated with menopause such as osteoporosis and osteopenia, cardiovascular disease, decreased fitness level, diabetes or postmastectomy. A physical therapist can evaluate your condition and design a program specific to your needs.
Convenient physical therapy clinics near you
We provide Women’s physical therapy in Manhattan NYC, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Fill out the form above, or contact a clinic near you to speak with a Professional Physical Therapist today.
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