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Pelvic Health:

occupational therapy

Pelvic Floor therapy is: Seeing how your body moves, and how it compensates and life correlates. Going through your daily routines, habits, and rituals. Assessing and addressing stress and its role in your pelvic health. Empowering you to know your body and everything it is wonderfully capable of doing. Learning to trust yourself and the process: there is no magic number of sessions or quick fix, but there are always results.

 

Occupational therapy is holistic: we look at all aspects of you and take into account your entire being to promote overall wellness and functional independence. We consider physical, emotional, and environmental factors, assessing and addressing not only your symptoms but also the impact of your pelvic health on your daily life, mental wellbeing, and relationships. 

 

Occupational therapy is whole person: we recognize that you are head to toe and mind and matter. Occupational therapy encompasses not only physical recovery but also the mental and emotional adjustments to changes brought on by pregnancy, childbirth, infertility/loss/termination, perimenopause and menopause, and general life changes, as well as practical support in daily activities.

 

Occupational therapy is homegrown: we address you the person, the environment, the necessary or desired activities of daily living, and we do it in the context of your roles and routines, your family, and even your home, emphasizing the importance of adapting your lifestyle to your changing needs. We provide guidance on creating a safe and functional space that supports your recovery and responsibilities. This approach ensures that your experience is comfortable, convenient, and tailored to your unique circumstances.

Enhancing Pelvic Health Occupational Therapy for OB-GYN Patients

Pelvic health occupational therapy can address various issues that many women have questions about during or after their OB-GYN visits. Questions and concerns often focus on perinatal functional mobility, functional activity, peri-menopause and menopause transition support, gynecological surgeries, and functional mental health. While you don't have to get a referral from your OB-GYN, integrating our holistic services with your medical care allows for a multi-disciplinary approach to all aspects of pelvic health concerns that many women have. This leads to more comprehensive care tailored to your individual needs, and sustainable independence in your pelvic health journey.

 

Perinatal functional mobility is crucial for expectant mothers as they navigate the physical changes associated with pregnancy. Occupational therapy interventions, such as therapeutic exercises and ergonomic recommendations, can help alleviate discomfort, improve posture, and enhance mobility during pregnancy and postpartum recovery. By optimizing functional mobility, pelvic health occupational therapy can contribute to smoother pregnancies, reduced musculoskeletal strain, and faster postpartum rehabilitation, leading to higher patient satisfaction and potentially lower healthcare concerns during your OB-GYN visits.

 

Functional activity encompasses a broad range of daily tasks, from self-care activities to household chores, which may become challenging during pregnancy or after childbirth, or because of any pelvic health pain or dysfunction that inhibits functional or enjoyable participation in activities of daily living. Pelvic health occupational therapy focuses on adapting activities to accommodate pelvic floor issues, providing strategies to conserve energy and prevent injury, and creating plans of care that promote home exercise and functional home programs, that are adaptable to patients’ lives. By empowering our clients to maintain independence and engage in meaningful activities, we support your overall wellbeing and quality of life. You can benefit from reduced functional limitations, thereby helping to ensure that during your OB-GYN appointments, you and your provider are able to focus on specific medical questions and concerns, or reducing many of those concerns all-together.

 

Transition support is essential for women transitioning through different life stages, such as pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause. Pelvic health occupational therapy offers you education and counseling to address concerns related to pelvic health, sexuality, and body image, fostering a smoother transition and promoting psychological resilience. By incorporating our transition support services, your OB-GYN can enhance your patient-centered care and strengthen your patient-provider relationship.

Gynecological surgery has the most optimal outcomes when a woman has the support to navigate the physical and emotional challenges associated with their procedure. We offer this valuable support to women undergoing or recovering from any surgical procedure through tailored interventions, such as pelvic floor exercises, pain management techniques, and adaptive strategies for daily activities. We empower you to optimize you recovery, regain functional independence, and improve overall quality of life post-surgery.

 

Functional mental health is interconnected with physical wellbeing, particularly during transitional periods (pregnancy, postpartum, perimenopause and menopause, or post- abdominopelvic surgical procedures) when women may experience mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. Pelvic health occupational therapy integrates functional mental health and trauma-informed interventions, such as stress management techniques and mindfulness practices, to promote emotional wellbeing and reduce psychological distress. By addressing the psychosocial aspects of pelvic health, occupational therapy contributes to comprehensive patient care and improved treatment outcomes. Out collaborative care with your OB-GYN can help reduce risk of perinatal mood disorders, leading to lower healthcare utilization and improved maternal and infant health.

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