Rehab Fitness & Wellness​

Women's Health

Treating women throughout the lifespan.


Common pelvic floor muscle conditions women are treated for include:


  • Pre and post pregnancy issues
  • Incontinence (leakage with cough/sneeze/laugh/exercise)
  • Urinary frequency
  • Urinary urgency
  • Organ prolapse
  • Pelvic pain
  • Constipation
  • Diastasis Recti
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Labor Preparation


Sessions may utilize the following techniques: internal and external pelvic floor assessment, biofeedback, soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, myofascial release, cupping therapy, hands on stretching, therapeutic exercise, neuromuscular re-education, and home exercise program that meets your needs.


What is the Pelvic Floor?
The Pelvic Floor is attached to the pelvis and is the muscular base of the abdomen.  “In women, the pelvic floor is the muscles, ligaments, connective tissues and nerves that support the bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum and help these pelvic organs function.” [1]

Common challenges women express related to the pelvic floor include:

  • Urinary and bowel discomfort
  • Pain/pressure/heavy feeling in the vagina or rectum
  • Muscle spasms in the pelvis
  • Overall decrease in core strength & support


These challenges are treatable pelvic floor dysfunctions that can have a significant effect; improving quality of life.




Postpartum Wellness Assessment
Jennifer has a passion for helping postpartum women regain their strength and function.  As a mother herself, she empathizes with the exhaustion and limits on time the postpartum journey brings. Whether you are a new mother, grandmother or somewhere in between, you can maximize your potential to achieve your strongest and fittest self.


The female body goes through significant changes through pregnancy and postpartum. Changes in posture and in the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems can set the stage for injuries regardless of the number of years postpartum. Physical therapy is a safe and effective method to regain the strength and neuromuscular connections that are often altered pre and post baby.


Common challenges women express pre and post baby include leaking urine/bowel and sexual function, what do these challenges have in common? Pelvic floor issues.


The Postpartum Wellness Assessment Jennifer offers utilizes physical therapy to strengthen and learn/adopt proper deep core & pelvic floor utilization techniques. This method is delivered as a blend of assessment, education, and exercise prescription:

Assessment:

  • Postpartum Posture
  • Diastasis recti
  • Muscle Control & Strength in abdomen, pelvis, & hips
  • External and/or internal assessment of pelvic floor muscles
  • Prolapse assessment


Education:

  • Pre and post baby posture
  • Musculoskeletal and neuromuscular anatomy changes


Exercise Prescription:

  • Deep core and pelvic floor neuromuscular re-training
  • Daily activities and body mechanics guidance
  • Mindful re-entry to exercise
  • Individualized home exercise program
  • Recommendations for transition plan, follow-up visits and/or referrals


 [1] http://www.uchospitals.edu/specialties/pelvic/faq/pelvic-floor-disorders.html


The Postpartum Wellness Assessment can be given at any point during recovery, it depends on your specific needs. When making your appointment we will discuss when is best for you. Generally speaking, waiting at least 2 weeks post vaginal delivery and 6 weeks post c-section is recommended to allow for tissue healing. Assessments are given at home or at the Thyme Integrative Health location. If you would like to schedule a Postpartum Wellness Assessment please email or call Jennifer at: info@refitwell.com, (650) 451-3572.