Adventures of Whimsy
457 S Fitness Pl, Ste100
Eagle ID 83616
208 939 3332
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WOMEN'S HEALTH

  INCONTINENCE

Urinary incontinence affects nearly 50% of women in the U.S. at some point in their life. Unfortunately this statistic means that millions of women experience limita tions in their ability to live life as they wish. 38% of women engaging in high impact athletics also experience urine leakage. While knowing this, only 30% of women will seek treatment for it due to embarrassment or feeling that it is part of the “normal aging process”.

 

The three main categories of urinary incontinence are: 

  •  stress incontinence
  • urge incontinence
  • mixed incontinence
  • Stress incontinence occurs when activity or intra abdominal pressure causes the leaking such as running, jumping, sneezing or coughing.

This is due to weakness in the pelvic floor that cannot stop the flow of urine out.

  • Urge incontinence occurs often with increased frequency of urination or the feeling of “can’t hold     it or wait”. It can happen with common triggers such as running water or even walking into the bathroom.
  • Mixed incontinence has symptoms from both stress and urge incontinence mixed together. All three of these categories can be helped with physical therapy through strengthening and education, including bladder retraining.

Although urinary incontinence is common, it does not have to ruin your life or keep you from doing activities or going on trips that seem daunting.

Many women have been helped through our physical therapy programs and have returned to doing activities that they love such as running, exercise, and even jumping on trampolines. Others have been able to travel or go to the mall without knowing the location of every bathroom or stopping every hour during a road trip to find one.

Physical therapy is a natural alternative in which we work hand in hand with your physician. If you are interested in finding out more about physical therapy treatments to help you, call us at 939-3332. You will be treated by a professional and caring staff in a private and comfortable atmosphere. My goal is to help you reach yours.

  PELVIC PAIN

Pelvic pain is a very limiting problem for many women in the U.S. One in seven women will be affected with pelvic pain during their lifetime with slightly less incidence in men. This pain can be exacerbated with sitting, standing, riding a bike, pain with wearing tight clothing, or with sexual dysfunction.

Common Causes of dysfunction may be postsurgical, pregnancy and postpartum, direct trauma to the pelvic region, or lumbopelvic in origin and sometimes, no cause at all.

Some common pelvic floor dysfunctions I address are: 

  • Dyspareunia (Painful Intercourse)
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Vulvodynia
  • Vaginismus
  • Constipation
  • Coccyx Pain
  • Pudendal Nerve Pain
  • Proctalgia Fugax

Physical therapy can help with pelvic pain caused by muscle spasms or pelvic misalignment by using manual therapy, lumbo pelvic assessment, soft tissue mobilization, functional stretching and exercise along with pelvic floor muscle re-education to stop muscle spasms and education to manage the pain and decrease intensity.

Please do not allow embarrassment, frustration, or failed prior treatment to prevent you from getting what you and your body needs to heal. I work hand in hand with your physician and other providers to give you the best outcome, and always within your comfort.

My goal is to help you reach yours.

  PREGNANCY

Pregnancy and expectations of the new life bring promises of hope and new beginnings. The mother’s body is getting prepared for carrying and delivering a baby which brings in the hormonal changes and soon postural changes that the body must adapt to.

Low back pain is a common complaint with a reported 50 to 70 percent of women during pregnancy. Pain can come from many different causes including muscle imbalance, decreased flexibility, muscle weakness, pelvic misalignment, and added weight that cause a change in your center of gravity.

Common Concerns that physical therapy can help with are: 

  • Low back pain
  • Abdominal pain from the round ligaments
  • Pelvic pain
  • Radiating pain down the legs
  • Coccyx pain

Physical therapy can help to address and correct these causes making the pain less and increasing function with return to activity prior to the delivery. It can also help with decreased pain during and after delivery to help the body adjust to post pregnancy and care of the new baby.

My goal is to help you reach yours.

Got Questions? We're always ready to listen.

Sarah Graham, MPT, CSCS Physical Therapist