Women’s Health & Men’s Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Women face unique health concerns across the lifespan that deserve special attention from a female therapist with women’s health education. Common health concerns among women that we are available to treat include pelvic/vaginal pain (including IBS, vulvodynia, pudendal neuralgia, vaginismus, painful bladder syndromes and endometriosis), pregnancy and postpartum musculoskeletal pain (vaginal or cesarean), rectus diastasis, urinary or fecal incontinence (related to trauma, surgery, pregnancy, aging), pelvic organ prolapse, fecal incontinence, chronic constipation, pain with intercourse, osteoporosis, rehabilitation following breast surgery as well as wellness and fitness counseling.

Men also face their fair share of pelvic floor disorders with pain or incontinence (either urinary or fecal). Incontinence may be related to trauma, surgery (including post-prostatectomy and post-cystoprostatectomy with neobladder) or aging. Men may also experience urinary urgency and frequency related to chronic prostatitis or overactive bladder.

At CPTC Valerie is trained in the internal evaluation of the pelvic floor (vaginal and rectal) and treatment techniques applicable to a wide variety of patient populations. An internal evaluation is not mandatory but by doing so Valerie is better able to determine muscle strength/weakness and muscle tightness with possible trigger points. The clinic has external EMG (Electromyography) and an internal PFX (pelvic floor exerciser) for biofeedback. She appreciates the relationship of the pelvic floor muscles to the hip, pelvic girdle, sacroiliac, symphysis pubis, lumbosacral joints, the thoracic spine and lumbar spine and is prepared to assess and treat your condition with a comprehensive approach.

There is an increasing concern over the prevalence of the Female Athlete Triad Syndrome:

• Eating disorders/limiting calories in attempts to lose weight
• Amenorrhea – irregular or absent menstrual periods
• Osteoporosis – due to low estrogen levels and poor nutrition

This is not normally diagnosed until an injury occurs. At CPTC we can help with appropriate and safe exercises, assist with a referral to a Registered Nutritionist, and assist with a safe return to sport.

If you have more questions concerning pelvic floor physical therapy at CPTC please email Valerie at vbcptc@bellsouth.net.

Comprehensive Physical Therapy Center · 100 Timberhill Place, Suite #115 · Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone: (919) 967-5959 · Fax: (919) 968-1478 · Email: cptc@bellsouth.net
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