Women's HealthPhysical Therapy for Women's Health
Physical Therapy for Women’s Health
Why Choose Physical Therapy for Women’s Health?
Physical therapy is a very effective treatment for many women’s health issues. Treatment will accelerate recovery and in many cases can begin right away. You will learn about your body and how to manage and alleviate symptoms.
Rehabilitation of the pelvic and abdominal muscles is something that all women benefit from, especially during and after pregnancy and after abdominal surgery.
- Specific exercise training will improve strength and control and decrease or eliminate pain.
- Pelvic pain, pain with intercourse and muscular discomfort associated with endometriosis can be greatly improved or resolved.
- Conditions such as diastasis, pelvic organ prolapse, leaking and incontinence can be resolved or greatly improved without surgery.
Scarring from breast surgery or irradiation can be painful, tight and limiting.
Physical therapy can:
- Decrease pain and tightness after breast surgery and irradiation
- Decrease pain and improve mobility between fills allowing fills to progress more rapidly
- Help with return to full functional use of the shoulders and normal activities
- Improve the appearance and mobility of scarring so that scars are smooth under clothing and prosthetic breasts lay more comfortably on the chest wall.
If you are normally active but are unsure or nervous about returning to activity, physical therapy can help you to return safely to exercise after pregnancy, breast surgery or abdominal surgery.
We treat a wide array of women’s health issues including:
- Post-abdominal surgery
- Stress Incontinence
- Diastasis Recti
- Pelvic Pain
- Pelvic Health
- Mastectomy reconstruction
- Augmentation Reduction
- Breast Surgeries
- Abdominal Weakness
Highly Reviewed Physical Therapy for Women
“After years of suffering from chronic total body pain, it’s nothing short of a miracle that New Heights offers so many modalities in healing in one beautiful place – specialized PT, massage, a place to regularly work out, Pilates, conditioning and other classes as well. The facility and people are terrific! With New Heights, I’m pain-medication-free for the first time in many, many years!”
– Kathleen B.
What Can I Expect During Treatment?
Treatment begins with an evaluation; in some cases, this might involve an optional pelvic exam. Your treatment program is based on the findings of this evaluation.
You will be instructed in an exercise program tailored to your specific needs. Your home program will consist of very specific strengthening exercises taught using hands-on cueing and sometimes biofeedback. Home programs also include important training in breathing, posture, stretching, range of motion and biomechanics (how you move).
Treatment will also often include manual techniques such as:
- joint mobilizations
- muscle energy techniques
- soft tissue massage
- myofascial release
- trigger point techniques
- scar release techniques
- optional internal work
When Should I Start?Pain during pregnancy, organ prolapse, incontinence: Right away
Post-pregnancy hip or back pain:As soon as your physician clears you for strengthening
Diastasis:8 weeks after giving birth
Breast surgery scarring:Usually 4-6 weeks after surgery
Abdominal surgery, C-section scarring:Usually 6-8 weeks after surgery
How Long Does Physical Therapy Take?
It depends. Usually, you will be in treatment for at least 6-8 weeks. If exercise is performed consistently, this is the amount of time it takes for there to be a noticeable change in the strength of normal tissue. With very weak/deconditioned tissue, it can take longer. Scar restrictions can take longer to improve, especially if they have been there for a while.
How Often Do I Come In?
Treatment is usually 1x/week.
Learn More About Our Physical Therapists Specializing in Women’s Health
5736 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97213
1700 Broadway St. Suite 101
Vancouver, WA 98663
13306 NW Cornell Road
Portland, OR 97229