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Women’s Health: Physical Therapy Benefits

Women's Health and Physical TherapyThe female body is very different from that of a male body in terms of development however women have very different conditions that affect them daily throughout all phases of life.  These conditions are mostly hormonal and most women experience these conditions during the childbearing phase due to the increased body activity. The condition might occur until a woman reaches menopause or beyond. Many of these conditions are the result of a weak pelvic floor muscle. At Fusion Physical Therapy, we have an experienced women’s health physical therapist that can help you when these common women’s health issues arise.

Common Conditions Women Face

At Fusion Physical Therapy, our trained women’s physical therapist, Jackie Saravane, can effectively help you with some of the common conditions that many women face. If you are experiencing any of the following conditions please contact us:

  • Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain is one of the most common conditions that women experience. The pain can vary from mild to chronic. Jackie Saravane has helped many women with pelvic pain during childbirth.

  • Urinary Incontinence

Urinary Incontinence usually affects women after childbirth and in elderly women. The weak pelvic floor muscle has a difficult time controlling the bladder causing urine leakage.

  • Back Pain

Back pain is another common condition that most women experience throughout their daily routines whether at work or at home.

  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse

How We Help You

At Fusion Physical Therapy, our women’s health specialist will meet with you and conduct a thorough examination to understand your symptoms and review your medical history. After the initial examination we will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that may include the following treatments:

  • Exercises including pelvic floor muscle exercises
  • Manual Therapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Prevention Education

Book an appointment with Jackie Saravane today!

Women’s Health: Kegel Exercises

What is a Kegel?

Kegel ExerciseKegel exercises, also known as pelvic floor exercises were named after Dr, Arnold Kegel, who was the first physician to describe the repeated contraction and relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles. The pelvic floor muscles are located at the bottom of the pelvis that go from the pubic bone in front to the tail bone in the back and span side to side across our sit bones. Pelvic floor muscles help prevent bladder and/or bowel leakage.

How do you perform a Kegel exercise?

Identifying the correct muscles to contract and relax is the most important thing about Kegel exercises. Below are a few simple instructions to follow for performing a Kegel exercise:

  1. Stop the stream of urine; this is the basic move of Kegel exercises
    1. don’t start and stop your urination on a regular basis, as that might do harm
  2. Hold and release:
    1. Hold your contractions for two to three seconds and then release
  3. Once you have completed step one and step two correctly, then complete five sets of 10 repetitions per day. The hold and release can happen with regular everyday activities such as while driving your car, sitting at your desk, even while you are standing in line at the grocery store

A few tips to note:

  1. Don’t close your legs together
  2. Don’t squeeze your bottom
  3. Don’t press your stomach outward

What are the benefits of Kegel Exercises?

Below are a few of the main benefits of Kegel Exercises

  • Pleasurable sexual sensations may occur by increasing muscle strength that is involved in helping some women achieve orgasm
  • Reduces pelvic pain or vaginal pain during intercourse
  • Improves urinary incontinence
  • Prevents and treats pelvic organ prolapse

What should I do if I can’t do Kegel Exercises

Whether you experience incontinence, prolapse, pain while having or sex or want to discuss Kegel exercise or pelvic floor dysfunction further, we would love to meet with you. Our women’s health specialist at Fusion Physical Therapy will create a customized treatment plan based on questions asked during your initial exam, as well as an internal exam. Contact us today by visiting our website at or by calling us at 580-699-5455.

Women’s Health and Physical Therapy

Women's Health and Physical TherapyPelvic pain is becoming more and more discussed among women as well as urinary and/or bowel incontinence. All of these symptoms are a result of pelvic floor dysfunction which is caused by pregnancy, childbirth, surgery, chronic coughing, chronic constipation, trauma as well as aging. At Fusion Physical Therapy our women’s health physical therapist, Jackie Saravane can help!

A women’s health physical therapist can help you alleviate pelvic floor pain as they understand the impact of hormones and how they impact a condition, injury or dysfunction as well as the recovery process. They also realize that each woman is very different and they come with many different concerns that range in ages from young athletes to postmenopausal women. For example, a younger active athletic female requires a very different treatment than a pregnant woman or a woman who has already delivered a baby.

Many young athletic females experience foot, knee and back pain which tends to limit their ability to perform at a high level. I bet you weren’t aware that foot and knee pain can be caused by back pain. This type of problem is identified by our trained women’s health therapist as she has the knowledge and competency to identify these problems and address them which in turn allows you the ability to recover quickly.

Pregnant women and those who have experienced child birth most likely have experienced pelvic pain along with back pain as pregnancy and childbirth place a significant amount of strain on a woman’s body, especially the pelvic floor. Challenging and difficult deliveries can result in pelvic pain, incontinence or even pelvic organ prolapse. Our skilled women’s physical therapist can help by:

  • reducing pelvic and back pain that was caused during pregnancy
  • improving the stability of the pelvis
  • eliminating incontinence and pain
  • preventing the need for surgery or even medication

Jackie Saravane also treats the following symptoms:

  • Bowel Incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lymphedema
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Urinary Incontinence

Contact Jackie today at 580-699-5455 or visit us at to make an appointment with Jackie Saravane, our trained women’s health physical therapist, who will partner with you to create a customized treatment plan.