What I Treat

PELVIC HEALTH

Pelvic health is treating the spine, abdominals, pelvis, genitals and much more.  Common issues treated at Empower Your Pelvis are:

  • painful intercourse (dyspareunia)
  • urinary incontinence
  • fecal incontinence
  • pelvic organ prolapse (feeling of pressure "down there")
  • piriformis syndrome
  • pelvic floor dysfunction
  • vaginismus
  • vestibulitis
  • vulvodynia
  • coccyx/ tailbone pain
  • sciatica and SI pain
  • low back pain (especially following pregnancy)
  • constipation
  • hip pain (especially following pregnancy)
  • abdominal separation (diastasis recti)
  • lower abdominal pain

 

ORTHOPEDICS

Did you know your posture (the way you sit, stand and move) can cause pain at SI joint, hip, low back, abdomen, pelvis, especially after having a baby?

Empower Your Pelvis – Physical Therapy, Health & Wellness staff will do a complete evaluation of your movement and function to determine the cause of your issues.  

 

PREGNANCY & POSTPARTUM

Pregnancy can cause many changes in a women’s body. These musculoskeletal changes can be uncomfortable and painful. During pregnancy, you may experience hip pain, low back pain, instability of the sacroiliac joints and your pelvis, sciatica, rib pain, vulvar varicosities, postural changes, round ligament pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, coccyx pain and pubic symphysis pain. As a mother of 2, Amanda has experienced many of these symptoms and knows firsthand how to improve the discomfort. Physical therapy can reduce your pain, prevent symptoms from becoming chronic, and keep you at your physical best during this wonderful time.

In the postpartum months, your body again experiences changes. Physical therapy after a normal or challenging delivery or pregnancy can prevent incontinence, prolapse, and/or sexual dysfunction. Your baby is stretching and weakening the pelvic floor muscles during pregnancy and then the pelvic floor has a possibility of tearing with delivery. These muscles should be treated like other muscle groups when injured. Other joints and muscles are seen by a physical therapist to regain function and so should the pelvic floor after delivery. It is important to regain muscle strength and restore proper length so that you may safely return to activity and exercise.  The demands of caring for your newborn may cause back pain, hip pain, and /or pelvic floor dysfunction. If you have a separation of the abdominal wall, diastasis recti, that requires correction for safe return to exercise and to decreased you risk for pelvic floor dysfunction.

Cesarean births can also take a toll on your pelvic floor and central stabilizers and it is important to have a physical therapist address the scar tissue with these births. Pubic symphysis pain, tailbone pain, painful intercourse, scar tissue and adhesions may also be present postpartum. Empower Your Pelvis has specialized training to determine if you have any postpartum dysfunction.