Women’s Wellness

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

The term “pelvic floor” refers to the group of muscles that form a sling or hammock across the opening of the pelvis. These muscles along with their surrounding tissues keep all the pelvic organs in place so the organs can function correctly. A pelvic floor disorder occurs when the pelvic muscles and connective tissue in the pelvis are injured or weaken. This can cause pelvic pain, hip pain or buttock pain and physical therapy services are often useful to treat the dysfunction.

Our pelvic floor physical therapists treat men and women who suffer from the following conditions:
  • Incontinence (Urine Leakage)
  • Frequent Urination
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Pelvic & Hip Pain
  • Sacroiliac Pain and Dysfunction
  • Vulvar Pain Syndrome
  • Interstitial Cystitis (Bladder Pain)
  • Vaginismus
  • Hypertonus
  • Coccygodynia (Tail Bone Pain)
  • Pregnancy
  • Pre and Post Partum Pelvis or Back
  • Low Back Pain
  • Post- Prostectomy In Men

Pre and Post Pregnancy

Special issues and body changes arise for women during pregnancy, delivery and in the year following childbirth. Changes to the pelvic floor, the low back and abdomen, postural changes due to pregnancy, delivery challenges such as c-sections and after childbirth while breast feeding and carrying a baby.

Our Physical Therapists specialize in providing you the education and strengthening you need to correct any dysfunction, deficits, weakness or overuse you might experience during these special times in your life. They assist you in adapting to lifestyle and body changes, developing a home exercise program that will fit into your lifestyle and supporting you to get back into a pain free, strong body as a mother.

Jennifer Hemond PT provides post partum childbirth education for participants enrolled in childbirth classes at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. Please contact NVRH for child birth class dates.

Children

“Bed-Wetting” Program for Pediatric Incontinence

This program offers an extensive evaluation to children 6 years old and older whom are affected by “bed-wetting”. “Bed wetting” affects 5-7 million US children. Boys are 50% more likely than girls and 10% of 6 year olds continue to wet with spontaneous cure rate at 15% per year after. Research has shown active treatment at the age of 6 can help reduce urinary incontinence. The primary focus of evaluation and treatment is to teach regular bowel and bladder habits with emphasis on complete emptying of the bladder.

Constipation is the number one cause of “bed-wetting”. We will provide you with extensive educational tools and resources of dietary and nutritional factors along with dry-bed training. Dry bed training research has shown 92% cure rate. If you have any questions or feel your son or daughter might be a candidate for these services, please do not hesitate to contact us at our Lyndonville Clinic or obtain a referral via your primary care provider.