Dash to the restroom as soon as you get home?
Feel pressure or heaviness in your perineum or bottom?
Have constipation or lose bowel control?
Have pain with intercourse?
Feel velva pain when wearing tight pants?
Have back pain while pregnant or caring for your baby?
Feel out of shape after a pregnancy?
Worry about brittle bones?
Have stiffness and weakness after having abdominal surgery?
Feel restricted motion and chest tightness after a mastectomy?
The Women's Health program at Sternen Physical Therapy provides services unique to women. Physical therapists work with your health care team to offer you treatment options so you can make the best choices for your wellness and current situation.
The Pelvic Complex
The alignment of the pelvis plays a critical role in pelvic pain and dysfunction. The pelvis is composed of several bones and the sacrum of the spine. Correct alignment of these bones is essential for proper functioning of the pelvic floor and lower body muscles and nerves. Maintaining normal pelvic alignment is critical at all stages of life to stop pelvic pain and back pain.
The abdominal organs are supported by the ligaments and muscles of the pelvic floor, deep abdominals, and hips. If these muscles are weak, tight, or in spasm, the pelvic organs descend and cause pressure on the pelvic floor. This pressure on the pelvic floor can lead to incontinence and pelvic floor pain.
Prenatal and Postpartum Physical Therapy & Fitness
Many women face new physical problems before, during, and after pregnancy and delivery. Physical therapists use a combination of treatment techniques and education to guide you through the pre and post partumm stages of pregnancy.
Physical therapy exercises and posture training can complement an osteoporosis prevention program offered by your physician.
Post Surgical Scarring
Physical therapists can help release the scarring and myofascial restrictions that can develop from pelvic disease, after abdominal surgery, and after a mastectomy. Abolish pain and restore movement with our help.
Jennifer has been a physical therapist for over 20 years. She graduated from Boston University in 1981 and practiced in multiple specialties. She received her MPH (Master in Public Health) from the University of Michigan with a concentration in health education and health behavior. She attended many continuing education courses in women's health, myofascial release, pelvic pain, and muscle energy technique. Jennifer's education and years of clinical experience prepares her to provide optimal care for patients with a variety of pelvic and low back disorders. Jennifer is also an experienced natural child birth instructor and doula. She will provide individualized care in a safe, supportive, and private environment. She is here to help meet your personal needs.
Begin to live life with confidence. Advanced therapists use a variety of manual therapy, modalities, exercise, and patient education to help you take control of your women's health concern.
A variety of hands on techniques are used to release restrictions in the body's fascia, surrounding musculature, and joints.
-Soft Tissue Mobilization
-Trigger Point Release
Physical therapy modalities are used to decrease inflammation, reduce pain, and promote healing of involved tissues
A specific exercise program is designed to meet your needs. Pelvic floor programs include "Beyond Kegal" and Pilates Reformer. Osteoporosis programs use mild resistive training to build bone and improve posture and prevent falls. Post-mastectomy exercises restore range of motion and strength of the involved upper extremity. Prenatal & postpartum programs are designed and modified to meet a new mom's needs.
Call for a Women's Health Evaluation Today
We hear you. We will listen to your questions and concerns regarding your women's health issues.
Identify misalignment of spinal curves, pelvic bones, and sacrum. Identify areas of musculoskeletal imbalance. Observe your walking for indications of weakness or dysfunction.
Evaluation of key muscles, including the pelvic floor, abdominals, low back muscles, and hip muscles to detect muscular imbalance. Respiratory pattern assessment is also completed.
Application of hands on techniques to identify myofascial restrictions and the trigger points that can contribute to pain and dysfunction.
A comprehensive evaluation is the first step toward your healing and improved function.
Sternen Physical Therapy