There’s a new wave sweeping the country and it has nothing to do with dieting and exercise or some miracle anti-aging drug. It called, women’s health physical therapy. Women’s health physical therapy is designed specifically to combat the problems that women face in their pelvic region (i.e. Incontinence, Organ Prolapse, Pregnancy Recovery, Pelvic Pain and Vaginismus).
Are you experiencing pain or discomfort in your vaginal area? Is it getting increasingly more difficult to control your bladder? Does it hurt during intercourse or when you urinate? When something’s not right “down there,” it typically affects how we feel everywhere else. Fortunately though, there’s a rapidly growing field of medicine in the US devoted to treating these unique female complications.
The practice of women’s health physical therapy in the US actually began around 1995 when a group of orthopedic physical therapists recognized that their clinics were filling up with women whose feminine concerns weren’t being properly addressed. In France however, the government implemented a free physical therapy program decades ago, specifically for mothers who have recently given birth, that allows them to receive the same specialized care that has just begun to become popular here in the United States.
Women’s health physical therapy physicians help women (and men on occasion) who are experiencing problems with sexual intercourse, urination, fertility, pregnancy preparedness and/or postpartum recovery. They’re used to dealing with the things that we’re too embarrassed to talk about. And since they have seen it all, they can reassure patients that their issues are treatable, if not completely curable.
Women’s heath physical therapists, or WHPT, are often the problem solvers that gynecologists, obstetricians, urologists and other doctors seek out when confronted with issues in the feminine pelvic region, like discomfort during sex, post-childbirth or while going to the bathroom. They specialize in proactive treatments as well for expecting mothers in an effort to prepare the new mom for an easier delivery.