Women’s Health

At Access Group Physical Therapy, we provide an innovative approach to women’s physical therapy and we treat a variety of related conditions including pregnancy pain, pelvic pain, pelvic floor dysfunction and urinary / bowel incontinence. Our team of physical therapists at each of our three Twin Cities locations (Little Canada, Woodbury, and Wyoming Minnesota) provide a variety of physical therapy services to help you on your path to recovery. We are open Monday – Friday from 7AM – 7PM and we accept most insurances. We will verify your insurance ahead of your appointment so please call us today to see how we can be helpful.

The physical therapists at Access Group PT specialize in the treatment of obstetrical care and pelvic floor dysfunction. At your initial examination, you will have a comprehensive evaluation where your physical therapist will review your medical history and work with you to tailor a specific plan of care that will help speed the recovery process.

Pelvic Pain, Incontinence and Pregnancy Pain

Pregnancy Pain, Incontinence and Pelvic Pain

Each year in the US there are approximately six million reported pregnancies and over four million reported births.  Researchers state that approximately 70% of women report pain associated with pregnancy and 33% report persistent pain lasting more than one year post-delivery.  The most common issues reported are lower back pain or pelvic pain, but pain in the abdominals (diastasis recti), neck, knees, feet and ankles was also reported.

The American Pregnancy Association recommends pregnant women exercise 3-4x/week for at least 15 minutes with a heart rate of approximately 140 beats per minute.  Less than 25% of women reported meeting these recommendations due primarily to time constraints or existing pain.  Physical therapy is a safe, non-pharmaceutical treatment option to manage pain during and after pregnancy that has additional benefits including improved posture, decreased incontinence, improved sleep and faster recovery following delivery.

The 4th Trimester

Following delivery many OB-GYN medical groups now embrace the “4thTrimester” which is the 12 weeks following birth.  During this time, women are recommended to have a visit with a physical therapist to re-establish the pelvic floor and promote strengthening to prevent incontinence, ongoing pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction and a safe return to exercise.

Why is Physical Therapy Important?

Physical therapy during and after pregnancy focuses on pelvic stabilization and muscle strengthening.  The pelvis is made up of two ileums (hip bones) and a sacrum (tailbone).  These dense bones have large areas for muscles and ligaments to attach.  During pregnancy, the ligaments often become lax due to hormones released and other stressors including fetal positioning and weight gain.  Without ligament support, the bones can move causing pain and instability affecting one’s balance, walking, sleeping comfort and ability to lift.  Physical therapy promotes muscle support that helps prevent too much movement of these bones and joints.  When exercise and positioning do not eliminate the discomfort, a physical therapist can fit you for a supportive belt to help manage the pain.

The best news is that physical therapy is very effective, covered by most insurances and does not require a doctor’s prescription.  If you are pregnant, thinking about trying for a family, recently had a baby, or are experiencing other women’s health related conditions, please give us a call at 651-330-2286 to see how we can be helpful.