Women's Pelvic Health Is Our Specialty
Women are unique. They have special needs that require special treatment. Our Women's Pelvic Health program, #FemEssence, provides non-invasive, all natural solutions for women's pelvic health concerns. #FemEssence is the safest and healthiest way to regain your Espirit de She.
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that form a sling or hammock across the bottom of your pelvic bones. These muscles and surrounding fascia keep the organs in place and play an important role in the regulation of bowel and bladder function as well as sexual health. When these muscles become weak, over stressed, or experience trauma, women may experience urine leaks, fecal incontinence, constipation, prolapse or pain with intercourse. Hormonal changes can impact the vitality and integrity of vaginal tissue as well, so even women who do not have children can experience pelvic floor dysfunction.
Benefits of the FemEssence Women's Pelvic Health Program
- Stop urine leaks
- Control urgent and frequent voiding
- Alleviate chronic constipation
- Eliminate accident bowel leakage
- Prevent or stop the progression of prolapse
- Control symptoms of interstitial cystitis
- Sit and move without pain
- Resume an active lifestyle
- Enjoy pain-free intercourse
- Improve sexual response and pleasure
- Prepare for or recover from pregnancy and delivery
- Improve core strength
- Learn life-long strategies to maintain your results
Common Women's Pelvic Health & Pelvic Floor Problems
Incontinence and Constipation
One common myth is that incontinence is only caused by pregnancy or getting older. But in truth, as many as 25% of female athletes who have never had children experience urine leaks. Other conditions such as constipation and urge incontinence affect women across the life span. Pregnancy, delivery and hormone changes are known major contributors to urogenital problems, but you should also be aware that abdominal surgeries (e.g. hysterectomy, tummy tucks, and hernia repairs) can lead to incontinence (and other pelvic floor disorders). As many as 50% of women suffer with debilitating pelvic floor conditions. Contrary to popular belief, however, incontinence and is not normal nor does it have to be your new "norm" because you are female, have had a child, are have been lucky enough to live a long and fruitful life.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)
The pelvic region is complex and crowded space in our bodies. It houses all the organs responsible for digestion, elimination and reproduction. In addition, all the nerves and vessels that innervate and provide circulation to our lower extremities pass through this region. Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition in which one or more of the pelvic organs (uterus, bladder, rectum, small intestines) drops out of place and begins to "invade" the space of other organs and/or protrudes through the vaginal canal. The primary cause of POP is pregnancy and child birth. Hormonal changes, abdominal surgeries and aging are contributors as well. Pelvic Floor Therapy has been shown to improve the quality of life for women with this condition. In addition, many of our patients have demonstrated a significant reduction in symptoms with Viveve which stimulates collagen production and improves the strength and tone of the vaginal canal.
Pelvic and Sexual Pain
Approximately 20% of women experience pelvic pain and as many as 60% have experienced painful intercourse. This kind of pain can occur as a result of pregnancy or following delivery. Other causes include pelvis instability, endometriosis, history of bacterial or viral infection, post-surgical scarring, lower back injuries, and tightness of the vaginal opening or tension in the pelvic floor muscles; sometimes the onset can be spontaneous without any attributable cause. Additionally, as women age, hormonal changes can cause thinning of the vaginal wall, decreased circulation and muscle atrophy, all of which can lead to pain during sex. Therapy that includes specialized manual techniques, innovative modalities, properly directed core exercises and extensive education can alleviate these painful and life limiting conditions.
Prenatal Pain and Postpartum Recovery
Pregnancy is a time of great physical change. It's normal to experience some discomfort, but when the aches and pains stop you from enjoying your pregnancy or new baby, it's time to seek care. Our #MaternalMadre therapy program is designed to provide prenatal and postpartum care to relieve muscle or joint pain and retrain pelvic floor muscles using computer assisted pelvic muscle training (biofeedback). In Europe, therapy is a routine health care service for postpartum women. While this is yet to become a mainstream practice in the U.S., advocacy organizations, such as the 4th Trimester are moving us in the right direction. For now, we encourage women to self-advocate. Don't suffer in silence. Ask for services and support to maintain your physical and mental well-being during this special but uniquely challenging time. A healthy mother makes a happy baby. Learn more. . .
Scar Tissue and Adhesion
Scars are a normal part of the healing process. They develop to repair trauma from incisions, cuts or tears, or in response to infection and inflammation. Sometimes scar tissue is caused by a disease process such as endometriosis or fibromyalgia. In either instance, visible changes to the surface lay of the skin is not all that's going on. Fibrous bands of tissue, called adhesions, develop in the muscles, connective tissue and organs below. These bands of scar tissue can attach any two adjacent surfaces and cause the adjacent structures to become bonded together, subsequently decreasing freedom of movement. Scars and the accompanying subdural adhensions can lead to pelvic pain, abdominal pain, infertility, poor organ function and muscle imbalances. In addition, fascia restrictions can create postural problems that contribute to back or neck pain and may cause abdominal cramps, bloating, constipation and/or different types of incontinence. Click here to learn more about scar tissue rehabilitation.
Women's Pelvic Health Conditions We Help You Overcome
- Stress Urinary Incontinence
- Urge Incontinence
- Over Active Bladder
- Frequent Urination
- Accidental Bowel Leakage
- Fecal Incontinence
- Painful Bladder/Interstitial Cystitis
- Frequent UTIs
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Rectocele and Cystocele
- Vulvodynia/Vulva Vestibulitis
- Pain from Endometriosis
- C-Section and Episiotomy Scars
- Surgical Scars (hysterectomy, etc.)
- Pudendal Neuralgia
- Sacroiliac Dysfunction
- Pubic Symphysis
- Co-existing low back and hip pain
Treatment Protocol for Women's Pelvic Health
Unfortunately many of these conditions are under diagnosed or poorly treated. Partly because women are ashamed or embarrassed to talk about their symptoms and largely because health care providers are uninformed. At OptimaLiving Therapy & Pelvic Health Center, our clinicians have advanced training in proven therapeutic techniques and innovative modalities to resolve complex pelvic floor dysfunction, obstetric conditions and other female musculoskeletal pain or problems. You can expect compassionate, confidential and personalized care in a comfortable, discreet environment. Our goal is to help you return to the activities you care most about. All treatment plans are customized to your specific needs and may include any or all of the following:
Specialized Techniques & Modalities for Women's Pelvic Treatment
Biofeedback: Biofeedback technology is an essential tool in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction. Often times, men are unable to sense the proper movement of this intricate group of muscles. By displaying a visual image of muscle activity on a computer screen, you can develop physiological awareness and voluntary control over the muscles. Learn more. . . .
Cold Laser or Low Level Laser (LLLT): LLLT is an FDA approved and scientifically proven modality in the non-surgical treatment of muscle and joint pain and recovery from injury. This device is a "bio-stimulator" that helps your body heal itself by increasing circulation, reducing inflammation, and stimulating cellular activity. This device is so powerful it has been endorsed by the New England Patriots and US Olympic Committee. Read more. . .
Manual Therapy: Manual therapies include myofascial release, trigger point release, scar tissue mobilization and other techniques to break adhesions, release tension and improve mobility in soft tissues. Read more. . .
Multifunction Movement (MFM): MFM is a unique program that harnesses the physical and mental energy of martial arts and yoga in one purposefully guided movement program that is functional, fun and easily implemented at home. These carefully selected exercises and poses increase strength, improve flexibility, build stamina and boost confidence. Read more. . . .
Viveve RF Treatment: After childbirth, we can experience laxity or looseness of the vaginal canal and as we age our hormones change. Both of these events effect the amount and distribution of collagen which is the connective tissue that keeps our skin supple and firm. Viveve is a high technology treatment that stimulates collagen and has been clinically proven to reduce urogenital symptoms in postpartum and menopausal women. Learn more. . . .
At OptimaLiving our specialty is pelvic floor health and intimate wellness. We understand the impact pelvic dysfunction can have on a person's quality of life. We also understand the factors that stop people from getting help - like being embarrassed, nervous or just unsure of the options and questions to ask. Because we want everyone to feel comfortable seeking care, we offer a Complimentary Consultation with a Pelvic Floor Specialist. We ask for nothing but your time to learn what we can do for you and how we propose to do it.
Call 623-777-3113 or complete the form below and our scheduling coordinator will call you.