Women's Health Happy Valley & Sandy, OR

Women’s Health

Women’s health is a highly specialized area of physical therapy that focuses on specific issues that either are more common in female populations or require more careful consideration for women. This area of physical therapy is most common with women postpartum but is important for all women. Female athletes strongly benefit from women’s specific programming, especially at higher levels of performance.

After pregnancy, diastasis recti are common. A diastasis recti is the separation of the connective tissue between the muscles of the abdominal wall causing a bulge, especially when performing bracing or resisted abdominal work (sitting up, lifting, or carrying). The diagnosis of this condition is simple, non-invasive and can be performed in a matter of minutes. This condition is typically not a medical emergency and can be modifiable with focused exercises with a careful progression. It is important to know that a diastasis recti can happen before or after pregnancy.

Urinary incontinence is not specifically a women’s health issue, but it is more common in women largely due to anatomical differences from men. Despite these differences, the majority of women can not only modify their symptoms but control them through specific exercises that are simple and easy to perform at home with specific instructions. There are two major types of incontinence, stress and urge. Urge, or frequency, incontinence is when the need for the bathroom comes suddenly and strongly without warning and can be treated with habit formation, bladder training, and other strategies. Stress incontinence is more common following pregnancy and with athletes and is the involuntary leakage with high levels of exertion. This type of incontinence is treated with pelvic floor exercises with good success but has been shown to require a special dedication to consistency and technique so it is important to learn the specifics as soon as possible.

There is a wide range of conditions that are considered to be women’s health specific but these two are perhaps the most common. It is important to realize that you are not alone and our physical therapist is not only knowledgeable but compassionate, allowing your needs to be the driving force in empowering you to take control of your health. For more information, Contact us at Happy Valley & Sandy, OR centers.