Pelvic Floor PT
The Center for Women’s Health is delighted to have Janet Drake, PT, LCCE, FACCE, CAPP, PYT on site, offering physical therapy for women whose bodies are experiencing one or more of the many different stresses that can occur in a woman’s lifetime. These stresses can accumulate over time and lead to muscular and structural imbalances such as back pain, urinary incontinence, and pelvic pain. Other stresses include childbirth, gynecological conditions (such as endometriosis) and pelvic-abdominal surgeries (such as hysterectomy and cesarean delivery). Physical Therapists who specialize in women’s health issues assist women in achieving their individual optimal function during their lives. Women of all ages can benefit from this form of specialized Physical Therapy.
Appointments are offered in the comfort of our office. Contact Janet Drake to schedule an appointment today at 215-345-3260215-345-3260.
Now Introducing: Belly After Baby
A free information session for new mothers
In an effort to get rid of the “baby bump,” some women will return to the gym and begin working out too soon. We recommend all women engage in regular physical activity, however safe exercise habits are essential. Start building physical activity into your schedule, for example by taking a walk with the baby in the stroller, or with your dog, or with a friend! After childbirth, correct posture and body mechanics as well as movement patterns are essential. Throughout the day it is important to perform activities in a way that protects and prevents excessive pressure or stress within the abdominal region.
After delivery, it is recommended that women initially avoid aggressive abdominal workouts such as plank exercises, full sit ups, intense Pilates classes or “ab” classes, unless you have been working with a therapist or professional trained to work with women during and after pregnancy. These activities may cause or worsen a Diastasis Recti Abdominis (DRA) and pain in the abdominal region if performed incorrectly or performed in a way that increases stress and pressure within the abdomen prior to regaining good muscular control and stability.
Belly After Baby was developed to provide new mothers with a 15-20 minute, no-cost, DRA (Diastasis Rectus Abdominis) screening and brief education session. Simple activities are introduced to retrain and strengthen deep abdominal muscles. Exercise precautions, proper body mechanics and posture are discussed. All participants are given baseline measurements of the distance between the rectus abdominis muscles (performed with a tape measure) to compare and to guide recommendations. Follow up with an appropriate health care provider is recommended if a DRA is suspected. Research has found that DRA can improve with education and specific exercises.
For more information or to schedule a 15-20 minute, no-cost session with a women’s health physical therapist at the Center for Women’s Health call at 215-345-3260215-345-3260.
Conditions Treated by Our Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist
Pregnancy and Postpartum
- Public and Sacroiliac Dysfunction
- Back Pain
- Episiotomy Pain
- Belly After Baby Program-Diastasis Recti
Perineal and Vulvar Conditions
- Painful Intercourse and Vaginismus
- Painful Menstruation
- Vulvodynia and Vulvar Vestibulitis
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Bladder and Pelvic Support Surgery
- Hernia Repair
- Abdominal Surgery
Conditions Affecting Men
- Male Pelvic Pain
- Prostatodynia and Prostatitis
- Rectal Pain
- Urinary Leaking after Prostate Cancer Surgery or Treatment
- Abdominal Pain after Prostate Cancer Surgery or Treatment
Musculoskeletal Pain and Dysfunction
- Back and Neck Pain
- Sciatica and Sacroiliac Joint Pains
- Shoulder, Hip, and Joint Pain
- Interstitial Cystitis and Painful Bladder syndrome
- Urinary Stress and Urge Incontinence
- Urinary Retention
- Anal Spasm
- Fecal Leakage and Incontinence
- Constipation and Diarrhea
Pelvic Pain Disorders
- Pudendal Neuralgia
- Pelvic Floor Muscle Spasm and Pain