“Is Painful Intercourse Normal After Having a Baby?”

Scenario: Mandy gave birth to a healthy baby boy and was cleared to have sex at her six week visit. She was excited to be healing and getting back to her regular activities but was not as relieved to hear this news about sex.  She felt that she still looked pregnant, was tired and tenseContinue reading ““Is Painful Intercourse Normal After Having a Baby?””

“I have to take care of myself, so that I can take care of my family.”

Pelvic floor physical therapy is an important part of every woman’s postpartum recovery! Listen to this patient’s testimonial on how our Postpartum Strong® sessions helped her reduce pain and improve function. “I have to take care of myself, so that I can take care of my family.” “I first came to Women’s Health Physical TherapyContinue reading ““I have to take care of myself, so that I can take care of my family.””

Physical therapy can help women bounce back after pregnancy

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Moms, do you feel like your body still isn’t recovered from having a baby? An appointment with a specialized physical therapist may be what the doctor ordered. WATCH THE FULL VIDEO INTERVIEW HERE Amanda Moore is a mom of three, including eight-month-olds Eli and Nora. “I was very busy withContinue reading “Physical therapy can help women bounce back after pregnancy”

Physical Therapy for Postpartum Problems

Amanda Moore sits in a straight-back chair with a red physical therapy ball between her knees and a yellow ball between her right knee and the wall. The exercises that Angela Poole Seamster, a licensed physical therapist assistant, instructs Moore to do are to help alleviate muscle and joint aches and pains Moore has beenContinue reading “Physical Therapy for Postpartum Problems”

Taking Care of Business

PT for Pelvic Floor Health                                                                  There is a widely held misconception that pelvic floor-related symptoms are an inevitable part of being a woman.Continue reading “Taking Care of Business”

“The party is over…now who’s going to help me clean up?”

  As a clinician who’s been treating patients for over 42 years and very active in the community with educating the public on women’s health issues, I’ve heard a lot. I believe it’s important to have an honest dialogue with my patients and create a safe space for them to ask the tough questions. Education isContinue reading ““The party is over…now who’s going to help me clean up?””

“Sometimes I pee when I’m running!”

In a recent research study of 112 elite female athletes, 54% of the participants reported leakage with sneezing or coughing. 86% were slightly bothered by the symptoms. Both women who have never been pregnant and those who had children, suffer with incontinence. A high impact sport such as running, seems to increase the risk ofContinue reading ““Sometimes I pee when I’m running!””

“When will I fit back into my pre-baby jeans?” – …And Other Post-Pregnancy Questions

Q. “Are sit-ups the best way to strengthen my abdominals after childbirth?” A. No, sit-ups should not initially be done to reduce the pooch, your waistline, and to regain solid, supportive abdominals. A woman should initially draw in her abdominal muscles, especially the transverses abdominis, towards her spine while exhaling. When she can engage theContinue reading ““When will I fit back into my pre-baby jeans?” – …And Other Post-Pregnancy Questions”

Postpartum Culture Around the World : How Does The United States Compare?

Postpartum Strong® is a unique musculoskeletal program developed for women to regain muscle strength of their abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. Clinical research now supports rehabilitation after a normal or challenging birth or pregnancy to prevent incontinence, prolapse and sexual dysfunction. Routine care around the world is quite different than postpartum care in the United States. AfterContinue reading “Postpartum Culture Around the World : How Does The United States Compare?”

Let’s Talk About Organ Prolapse

Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP), is defined as weakness of the muscles, ligaments and connective tissues of the vaginal wall,  causing descent of the pelvic organs. This weakness can result in bulging of the urethra and bladder, cervix and uterus, small intestine or rectum into the vaginal wall. Causes of prolapse are: 1) childbirth 2) weakContinue reading “Let’s Talk About Organ Prolapse”