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Whether you have pelvic pain or have been suffering for a long time, seeing Vivian Neves PT, our Woman’s Health PhysicalTherapist at Preferred Physical Therapy can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call at (954) 360-7779 today!

Urinary incontinence has a reputation of being something only little old ladies have. But many young people get urinary incontinence. And while more women than men are affected, men can have urinary problems too, especially after prostate surgery. Fortunately, there are many treatments for urinary incontinence. Behavioral treatment. Some people with urinary incontinence may get relief by making simple lifestyle changes. If you have stress incontinence, for instance,

vagina, may help prevent urine leakage by supporting the neck of the bladder; it is most useful for stress incontinence.


Mild to moderate cases of common types of incontinence can be cured or greatly improved by behavioral or exercise therapy. We can also teach you habits and techniques to reduce urgency and urge incontinence (or leaking with a strong urge on the way to the bathroom). Even periodic incontinence is not something you have to deal with. We can help! Incontinence, Chronic Pelvic Pain, & Physical Therapy. A physical therapist is highly skilled in evaluating and treating various musculoskeletal and neurological conditions affecting the body. This profession focuses on assessing any underlying factors, such as strength, neuromuscular control, balance, coordination, skeletal alignment, and endurance, which may be contributing to impaired functional mobility, activity participation, and quality of life. Of course, most people only seek physical therapy when they’re suffering from a common injury or condition such as whiplash, tendonitis, low back pain, ligament sprains, and plantar fasciitis. Perhaps lesser known is that chronic pelvic pain and dysfunction, including incontinence, can also respond positively to physical therapy intervention.

inwhichyou leakurinewhenyoucough,sneeze,or laugh,yourphysical therapist may tell you to limit how much you drink. If you have urge incontinence, in which you get the sudden urge to urinate and can’t always make it to the bathroom in time, your physical therapist may tell you to avoid spicy foods, caffeine, and carbonated drinks, because they can irritate the bladder and make the problem worse. Exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, known as Kegels, can sometimes help people with stress incontinence. Kegels can also help people with urge incontinence. Sometimes, Kegels are combined with biofeedback techniques to help you know if you are doing the exercises properly. For urge incontinence, bladder training, sometimes called bladder retraining, can also help. This involves gradually increasing the interval time between trips to the bathroom, working up to longer and longer intervals between bathroom stops.

Devices and absorbent products. Protective pads and panty liners can help avoid embarrassing situations. A pessary, a plastic device inserted into the

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Working hard is part of being a woman. After the long and grueling challenges of the workplace, women head home to care for their families, to care for their homes, and somehow manage to do it all while looking great and keeping a smile on their faces. Taking this into consideration, it is no surprise when a few aches and pains start to interfere with your day to day well-being. But for some women, the aches and pains are a sign of much more than just fatigue—the pain is a result of chronic swelling in the lymphatic system. When this happens, the swelling can put pressure on your entire circulatory system, interfering with blood and oxygen flow, and leaving your entire body feeling the burden of this added stress. What is Lymphedema? The lymphatic system is designed to support the rest of the bodybymanagingexcessfluidsand toxins. Itdrainsexcesswater,proteinandwaste products from your tissues, and then pushes filtered fluid back into the bloodstream, supporting circulation. Whenchronicswelling interfereswith thisfiltrationprocess,excesswater,proteinand waste can build up in the body. This leads to added discomfort, often manifesting in aches and pains that will often spread throughout the entire body. There are two different types of lymphedema: Primary lymphedema: This formof lymphedemadevelopsasa resultofabirthdefect that causes swelling in the lymphatic system.Typically swelling will develop early on in life, and then repeatedly develop as an adult. Secondary lymphedema: This form of lymphedema is frequently the result of a previous treatment that impacted the lymphnodes,suchassurgery forbreastcancer or radiation therapy. This is the most common type of lymphedema. Lymphedemacaneffectbothmenandwomen,butmost frequently impactswomen— especially women who have had issues with their lymphatic system or breast cancer in the past.

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Supportive atmosphere that produces good results! “Always professional and very caring, Trevor and his staff are highly qualified and knowledgeable in their fields. Trevor will go out of his way to help you... he is an excellent listener and offers new and unique techniques. I highly recommend Preferred Physical Therapy to anyone who wants a warm, supportive atmosphere that produces good results and makes you feel very comfortable and welcomed! I always feel hopeful and positive when I leave.” - S.P. (Actual Google Review) CURRENT PATIENTS: DOWNLOAD OUR APP FOR FREE HOME EXERCISES

FREE COMPUTERIZED GAIT SCAN WITH DETAILED REPORT ANALYZING FOOT MECHANICS CALL TO SCHEDULE TODAY! (954) 360-7779 For more details, look on our website at 3 Natural Ways to Relieve Headaches Improve your posture. Most headaches are caused by poor mechanics of the neck and upper back joints. Evaluate the way you sit at a desk, at home and how you carry yourself when walking. The simplest way to improve your posture is to pretend you have a string gently pulling you upward from the top of your head. Strengthen your shoulders and upper back. By improving the muscle support of the mid and upper back, your body can cope with normal everyday reaching tasks. This decreases the strain on the neck muscles and allows you to move morenaturally.Atfirst,whenexercisingtheseweakenedareas,yourheadaches may continue to be variable. However, after several weeks of exercising the shoulder and upper back muscles, your headaches will improve. Improveyourflexibility. Theneck ismadeupof14 jointsthatrelyonacomplex series of over 50 muscles to help you move. Muscles and tendons need to be flexible and elastic to help your neck joints move in the proper sequence. Take timeduring theday togentlystretchyourneckside toside, rotatingandmoving up and down. Improving your chest and upper back flexibility, helps to restore normal posture and reduce strain to the neck. After all, you are balancing the weight of a bowling ball on top of your neck. Naturally relieve your headaches, neck, upper back or shoulder pain with physical therapy. Physical therapy is the only medical science that works on these 3 natural ways to restore your body to better posture, flexibility and strength. Call us today to learn more about our special programs that help you live your life headache and pain-free.

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