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Q: Who can benefit from women’s health physical therapy?

Posted August 19, 2015 in Advice Column, Downtown

Patient’s experiencing pelvic pain, incontinence, pain pre/post pregnancy, or abdominal scarring can all benefit. You may ask your primary care physician or OB-GYN if your problems may be addressed with Women’s Health Physical Therapy.


What shoulder I do to maintain a healthy bladder?

Drink plenty of fluids. Six to eight 8-oz. glasses per day is normal, unless you have been given specific instructions from your doctor. Also try to limit the number of caffeinated and acidic foods/drinks that you consume as these can make it difficult to maintain safe bladder control.


How often shoulder I be going to the bathroom?

Normal bladder function means going to the bathroom every 3-4 hours or about 6-8 times per day and 0 -1 times per night. Avoid straining or “just in case” bathroom visits as these may impair normal bladder function.


What can I expect during a Women’s Health exam and treatment?

The first visit may include a movement assessment, strength testing, bowel/bladder training, exercise training, and an internal muscle exam (as indicated).


How long do I have to see a Women’s Health therapist?

Many people notice improvement in 4-6 visits.

Information provided by Annie Massop, DPT, Integrated Physical Therapy, 1515 Linden St., Suite 101, 288-0569.

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