What is Women’s Health Physical Therapy?
Women’s Health or Pelvic Floor therapy is a specialty that focuses mainly on the
muscles attaching in or around the pelvis. It integrates strength and conditioning
protocols, postural awareness, manual therapy, and psychosocial interventions that
are directed first locally at the pelvic floor and progressively applied globally to the
Who is Women’s Health Physical Therapy for?
It’s for women with a multitude of diagnoses or symptoms. These diagnoses include:
pelvic pain (chronic, acute; including vulvodynia, dyspareunia, and vaginismus),
urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, interstitial cystitis, constipation, and
What can Women’s Health Physical Therapy do for me?
It can give you back your independence from a toilet, help you have pain-free/better
sex, and allow you to get back to activities that you previously did before the onset
of your pain or incontinence. Impact activities or activates that increase
intrabdominal pressure– such as running, jumping, sneezing, coughing, or weight
training – should not cause urine leakage. Attempting to have sex or insert a tampon
should not be painful. Urinating more than 5-7 times a day should not become your
normal. These are all things that a Physical Therapist specialized in women’s health
can help with.