For me, after the birth of my third child, I started to have a lot of lower back pain, I had trouble holding my bladder when I needed to sneeze or cough and I noticed I had a new bulge in my vaginal canal that seemed to be a slight prolapse of my bladder. At my 6 week check, my OB of 6 years proclaimed me healthy. When I asked about my new issues, he brushed it all off reminding me I had birthed 3 children. He led me to believe they were all normal but there was nothing that could be done. It was just part of having kids.
At my next annual, we had moved and I had a new OB/GYN. I still had my above 3 issues, but still under the assumption they were “normal”, I brought up 2 new issues I had: tampons not staying in/falling out and loss of feeling during intercourse. This seemed to puzzle my new doctor. She sent me home with information on a sex therapist that I never called.
Fast forward through 2 more years of suffering, including a particularly embarrassing trip to a local trampoline place with my kids and to Cora coming to speak to my moms group. At 4 years postpartum, she finally told me that what I was experiencing was normal after having a baby, BUT there was a way to get better. That I wasnt stuck with them for life. After physical therapy with her office, my life changed. After learning how to properly do Kegels, and strengthening my core, I do not fear sneezing or coughing any more. I can exercise without having to stop mid-workout and use the bathroom. My back pain is gone and I can use tampons again. And possibly best of all, I enjoy sex again because I can feel it. That all in itself has been a huge libido booster.
So, without Cora, I would still be wetting my pants and avoiding sex at the ripe old age of 37. LIFE CHANGING sounds dramatic, but I cant think of any other way to describe what Cora has done for me.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
– Katie, patient of the Postpartum Strong® Program
"I was twenty weeks pregnant and heading on a road trip to Canada when I “threw my back out”. Needless to say the 12 hour trip back was excruciating. Several chiropractic visits when we got back provided minimal relief. My OB gave me a narcotics prescription if needed and mentioned that if my condition worsened, I could be referred on to physical therapy.
Unfortunately, what had started as a dull ache in lower back and hip quickly progressed to my squeezing out tears of pain while attempting to function. Hesitantly, I took the pain meds at night as the only route to sleep. I felt I could barely tend to the needs of my toddler and it was all I could do to stand up straight. All I could think was that by nine month I’d be unable to move.
As a last desperate attempt, I asked my OB to refer me on for physical therapy. And wow! They said the pain was from my SI joint and that my pelvis was tilted off by more the ½ inch- a fairly common issue for women at this stage in their second pregnancy. Between the adjustments, heat therapy, massage and the postural exercises they recommended, I was functional and back to work within a week. No drugs needed. I could pick up my toddler again for snuggles! Cora and her staff at Women’s Health Physical Therapy were miracle workers. Why had I not made this my first option? My hope is that other women know that there is no need to suffer when there is this excellent help available."
"The facility and staff well informed and extremely pleasant and helpful! They never appear to be rushed (or make the patients feel rushed); they're very patient. They are very good about treatment options at a doable pace; incrementally increasing the type and amount of exercise/treatment to your benefit. Highly effective! My goal was to stop leakage and have stronger pelvic floor muscles. I have achieved all of these goals and recommend Women's Health Physical Therapy because I saw results quickly! This therapy does require consistency and regimented work but it's well worth it!" - Lin
"The office is a lovely, relaxed environment with a friendly, caring, and knowledgeable staff that communicates and works well together as a team, ensuring the ultimate in care." -Heather
"I am a Richmond mom who was having pain during pregnancy and was then dealing with pain during intercourse postpartum. I found Women's Health Physical Therapy by recommendation from a friend for my pregnancy pain. I received such great care and healing that I also came by for their postpartum care. I highly recommend this clinic!" - Sarah
"The stress incontinence and urge incontinence I have suffered with since my hysterectomy in 2000 now are markedly lessened. In many situations, at home, out shopping, and in social situations, I can now deliberately and willfully target these important muscles and have been able to markedly lessen the 'accidents' I used to have." -Pattie
"I have been seeing my therapist for only a short time, but already I notice a change in my body- the way it feels and the way I walk. Even my posture seems to have improved." -Carolyn
"WHPT not only helps to heal injuries but also teaches knowledge about the nature of the injury and strengthening techniques to guard against recurring injury, stressing overall health." -Heather
"My abdomen and pelvic muscles have strengthened surprisingly. Everyone has been cheerful and prompt and I will actually miss coming. The simple effective training is a lifetime gift." -Julia
"I enjoy the exercises and feel I'm improving a lot! The girls are not only professional, they make me feel special." -Wilma
"The exercise classes have been wonderful. It's so helpful to work with others and be able to do something I can do and something I can reach to achieve." -Donna
"It was the skill, compassion, gentleness and guidance of the therapist and staff at WHPT that 'pulled me through' a most difficult time. My therapist listened to my progress and problems, and then fitted the onsite therapy and the exercises/treatment for home to my needs. My visits to WHPT have ended, but I will be forever grateful that this service from such a compassionate and professional group was available for me when I needed it." -Edith