Women’s Health Physical Therapy

Prenatal Physical Therapy

Pregnancy is a time when the body is undergoing many physical changes at a very rapid pace.  Major
postural changes occur during pregnancy which can add pressure to the spine and joints.  This pressure
can cause muscles to tighten and old injuries to flare up.  Hormonal changes also cause a softening of
ligaments and a loosening of the body’s joints.  This is necessary so that the body can accommodate the
growth of the fetus and have mobility for delivery, but this extra laxity can cause problems for many
women as the pelvic joints often become hypermobile, and some women may need physical therapy
support to manage pain.

Postpartum Physical Therapy

In Other Industrialized Countries postpartum women are often seen by a physical therapist to address
pain issues, teach proper body mechanics for handling a new baby, and to help achieve a faster
recovery. Physical therapy can be a valuable tool to empower women during the transition to
motherhood.

TYPICAL PRE/POSTNATAL ISSUES

 Back & Neck pain
 Wrist & Hand pain
 Pelvic pain
 Pubic bone pain
 Sacroiliac joint pain
 Coccyx pain
 Hip & knee pain
 Foot pain
 Diastasis recti (abdominal separation)
 Vaginal pain
 Painful intercourse
 Urinary/fecal incontinence
 Pelvic Organ Prolapse
 Abdominal muscle weakness
 Umbilical hernia
 Scar tissue (vaginal, c-section, or other)
 Cesarean section rehab
 Poor posture

WHAT IS PELVIC FLOOR PHYSICAL THERAPY

Pelvic floor PT is a branch of orthopedic PT devoted to dealing with problems specific to the pelvis and
genital organs including:  urinary/fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, genital pain, painful
intercourse, interstitial cystitis, and vaginal scar tissue from episiotomies or tears usually from childbirth.
Pelvic floor physical therapists are specially trained to internally evaluate and treat the muscles of the
pelvic region to help address the above issues.  Many people still do not realize that excellent treatment
options exist for these types of problems.

HANDS-ON APPROACH

Through the use of manual therapy techniques including myofascial release, deep tissue massage, joint
mobilization, muscle-energy techniques, and cranial sacral therapy, proper body alignment is restored,
and then women are instructed in a specific exercise program tailored to their individual needs.

A UNIQUE METHOD

Unlike physical therapy sessions at most clinics, Debra Goodman, MSPT will spend an hour with each
patient individually.  Patients will never feel rushed.  Treatment