Women's Health Physical Therapy

Common AND Treatable. Pelvic Health concerns can significantly impact our lives and although common throughout the lifespan, these conditions should not be accepted as normal. Unwanted symptoms can be successfully treated! 

Changing Women's Healthcare, Starting with You. Women's bodies are unique and thus we deserve support that is specific to our needs. At Mindful Motion, we will take the time to hear your personal story of pain or injury and how it has affected your life. Our Doctors of Physical Therapy are able to provide you the support you've been looking for! We will provide our expertise, compassion and one-on-one guidance throughout your journey toward your health and wellness goals. 

We are concerned about the over-prescription of Kegels as a one-size-fits-all approach to pelvic health. Click here to read why! We take a bigger picture approach to supporting women with pelvic health concerns. We consider the core a combination of several muscles (see image below) that coordinate and communicate to keep our center pressurized and well supported. We shouldn't 'exercise' the core but rather 'retrain' the core to be able to attenuate force and support you as you move through your day! See our blog and our YouTube page for additional resources on Women's Health issues.



We work with women who experience:

Concerns during Pregnancy

  • Changes in postural alignment which can sometimes cause musculoskeletal pain
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Orthopedic concerns such as sciatica, SI joint pain, pubic symphysis pain, carpal tunnel, spinal pain
  • Constipation or changes in bowel health/habits
  • Urinary incontinence-this includes any loss of urine (even a small amount) with coughing/sneezing, squatting/lifting, intercourse, or when you have a feeling of urgency
  • Perineal preparation-research indicates this technique can be effective for maintaining the health of the perineum during delivery, especially first time moms aged 30+

Postpartum Concerns

  • Urinary incontinence-this includes any loss of urine (even a small amount) with coughing/sneezing, squatting/lifting, intercourse, or when you have a feeling of urgency
  • Bowel incontinence-any involuntary loss of bowel
  • Cesarean section scars
  • Pain/scarring of perineum-after tears or episotomy. This can be one cause of pain with intercourse
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse-This is a condition where any pelvic organ (vagina, uterus, bladder, rectum) can shift where it sits in the pelvis, often times causing a feeling of pressure or heaviness or even pain
  • Diastasis Recti-This is a separation of the fascia of a superficial abdominal muscle, mostly noted above, at or below the belly button
  • Pelvic Floor/core weakness-This can manifest in many ways including changes in sexual health, urinary/bowel symptoms, and spinal or hip pain
  • Pelvic floor tension-This can cause general pain, make intercourse difficult and also contribute to bladder and bowel concerns

Pelvic pain

  • Vaginismus-This condition can affect a woman's ability to tolerate vaginal penetration mostly due to overactive pelvic floor muscles. This can include pain with sexual intercourse, difficulty or inability to insert tampons or tolerate a vaginal exam. 
  • Vulvodynia-Causes of this are currently unknown, but this is a pain condition generally affecting the vulva. This can include pain in the labia, clitoris or vaginal opening
  • Vestibulodynia-Women with this condition may experience severe pain at the vestibule (opening of vagina) and have hypersensitivity to touch, such as with inserting tampons or during sexual activity.
  • Dyspareunia-this term is used for when women experience difficult or painful intercourse
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain-Women who experience pain in the abdomen or pelvis for greater than 6 months. Causes are variable and often unknown
  • Interstitial Cystitis-This is also known as painful bladder syndrome. Symptoms can include pain with urination, pelvic pain and pain with intercourse
  • Coccydynia-tail bone pain

Pelvic Changes During Menopause

  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Vulvovaginal Atrophy-thinning, drying and inflammation of vaginal walls and inner labia due to decreased levels of estrogen
  • Dyspareunia-difficultly or pain with intercourse
  • Stress incontinence-any involuntary loss of urine with increased abdominal pressure (cough/sneeze)
  • Urge incontinence-increased urgency of voiding and with loss of urine
  • Frequent urination-increased frequency of urination without or without urine loss
  • Mixed incontinence-combination of above urinary changes