Women’s Health Services

Especially for Women

Do you have pregnancy-related back pain?

Are you concerned about osteoporosis and

other health care issues specific to women?

Do you suffer from urinary incontinence?

Are you experiencing pelvic pain

that has not responded to traditional treatments?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, the Physical Therapists at HBPT can help! We now offer comprehensive women’s health services. This includes the treatment of:

 

• Pre- and Post-partum Pain: hands on techniques and exercise instruction.

Pregnancy is an Olympic event that places an increased stress on the heart, lungs and skeleton. Many of the common complaints associated with pregnancy can be prevented with simply stretching and/or strengthening muscles in the body. We can help if you are experiencing back, sacroiliac or neck pain, shoulder pain, urinary incontinence, foot/knee pain, and numbness or tingling in the hands or feet. Exercise has been proven to be very beneficial to the mother and child during pregnancy, and we can develop a safe and effective exercise program for you. After the delivery, it is crucial to regain abdominal and pelvic floor strength. Muscles that were stretched out need to be re-educated quickly to regain their normal tone and length. Retraining the pelvic floor will prevent urinary incontinence and improve normal pelvic function. Strong abdominal muscles help support the back and prevent lifting injuries as you care for your new child. We will also educate you on body mechanics during feeding, carrying and lifting your child.

 

• Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Pain: biofeedback guided pelvic floor strengthening.

Urinary Incontinence affects millions of Americans. It is one of the most common admitting diagnoses to Long Term Care Facilities. Urinary Incontinence is a condition that can lead to decreased activity level and social isolation. Incontinence is often accepted as a consequence of childbearing or growing older, but this does not have to be true. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that support the bladder. Like muscles anywhere in the body, they too can become weak or overstretched. Similarly, the pelvic floor muscles can be strengthened with exercise. We can help you identify your pelvic floor muscles and teach you how to strengthen them properly.

 

• Osteoporosis Management: education on posture, body mechanics and exercise.

Osteoporosis is a disabling disease that affects millions of woman each year. A woman’s risk of suffering an osteoporotic fracture is greater than her risk of developing breast and uterine cancer combined. It has been well established that weight-bearing exercises help decrease the detrimental effects of this disease. We will develop an individualized weight-bearing exercise program to be sure you are exercising safely without putting your spine at risk for a fracture. Healing Bridge Physical Therapy offers customized services for osteoporosis including education on posture, balance training to prevent falls, and do’s and don’ts on basic household chores such as unloading the dishwasher or ironing. The treatment you receive will provide you with valuable tools to improve your skeletal strength, decrease your risk for falls and improve your overall awareness of your posture.