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Women’s Health PT

Freehold, NJ

Women’s Health PT

From prenatal and post-partum care to perimenopause and menopause, many changes that women go through come with uncomfortable changes that are written off as “normal”. Freehold Physical Therapist, Theresa Wilk, has become passionate about trying to change the care that women traditionally receive throughout their life by expanding her own education and scope of treatment. She is excited to be able to offer help to women experiencing issues in all stages of life.

Perimenopause & Menopause

Menopause is marked by one year after the final menstrual cycle. Did you know that perimenopause is 10-15 years before menopause? That means that with declining estrogen starting as early as age 35 for most women, changes and new issues can arise. Here are of the changes a woman may experience that can be treated:

    • Urinary Incontinence – You may experience stress incontinence (leaking with activities such as sneezing and coughing) and/or urge incontinence (overactive bladder, habitual voiding, going at night)
    • Prolapse of pelvic organs – You may experience a heavy sensation or dragging in the vagina, lump or bulging, painful sex, bladder and/or bowels might not empty fully
    • GSM or Genitorurinary Syndrome – With decreased estrogen, pelivc floor muscles can weaken or become imbalanced resulting in symptoms such as: urinary incontinence, painful sex or tampon use, constipation, changes in sleep, and weight gain.

Endometriosis

is when uterine lining tissue is found outside the uterus. This condition is often hard to diagnose and written off as regular menstrual pain. When you experience pain in which you are unable to perform your daily activities you may have endometriosis.

Prenatal & Post Partum

Your body changes to grow a new life and it is amazing, but with all those changes can come some pains and problems. Some of these issues can be addressed:

  • Back and neck pain due to postural changes
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Balance changes
  • Diastasis Recti
  • Core/pelvic floor weakness
  • Neck/shoulder pain from feeding/nursing 
  • Back pain – weakened core, pelvic floor, demands of caring for infant
  • Fitness/activity re-integration

Diastasis Recti Video

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