Women’s Health Issues
Being a mom is a full-time, highly physical job. The minute we find out we are expecting, our bodies are put through the wringer. Between childbirth, wrangling toddlers, staying fit, along with a whole slew of other roles we play, the physical demands take a toll! Somewhere between the picking up kiddos, meal prepping, working full-time jobs, and sleep, we forget to fully take care of ourselves, our bodies, and our pelvic floor.
We learn to accept and laugh off peeing ourselves in workout classes, to tolerate painful sex, and to ignore any pelvic heaviness or discomfort. As women, we are told as new moms, these are expected changes. However, what if I told you, you do not have to endure, accept, or ignore any of the “common” side effects of motherhood. Furthermore, what if I told you that although they may be “common” changes, they are NOT “NORMAL.”
It seems common sense for most people to seek out the care if their back hurts, or if they can’t run because of knee pain. However, most women don’t know there is a select group of professionals with specific post-graduate training solely specializing in the management of pelvic floor disorders. We are known as Women’s Health Physical Therapists, or Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists. We treat women who suffer from common pelvic floor dysfunctions such as urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse, and diastasis recti.
When should you see a Women’s Health Physical Therapist?
Ideally, you should seek out a women’s health physical therapist during pregnancy, early on postpartum, before returning to exercise postpartum, and/or if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Pain in the pelvic region
- Urinary symptoms – involuntary leakage, frequent urination, pain with urination
- GI & Bowel symptoms – constipation, pain with pooping, frequent bowel movements
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Diastasis recti
- Sexual dysfunctions
- Orthopedic pain – low back, hip, groin, and/or tailbone pain.
The great news is, it is never too late to see a Women’s Health Physical Therapist. If you’re experiencing any of the above or just don’t feel like yourself down there, seek help. Even one session with a Women’s Health Physical Therapist can make a world of difference.
Again, I will repeat it EXTRA LOUD for those in the back; you do NOT have to accept peeing your pants, enduring painful sex, or settling just because you had kids.
How do you find a Women’s Health Physical Therapist?
Finding a Women’s Health Physical Therapist can be overwhelming, the best place to start is
And if you’re in the Phoenix area, I am always here for you, and I love working with women at all stages of motherhood. I am on a mission to empower women to take positive action towards their reproductive and pelvic health. I want you to live your life to the fullest without the embarrassment or pain associated with pelvic floor disorders.
About the Author
Britnie Hornsby is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, specializing in Women’s Health Physical Therapy and founder of The Pelvic Docs. As a mother to one and expecting her second, Dr. Britnie understands the physical demands of pregnancy and motherhood. To learn more about Dr. Britnie and how to become a patient head over to www.thepelvicdocs.net or find her on Instagram at ThePelvicDoc.