Women’s Health

Regardless of your age or stage in life, Life’s Work Physical Therapy offers a full spectrum of services for women. From puberty to menopause and beyond, our certified orthopedic manual therapists are here to help you age greatly, not just gracefully.

Women’s Health Physical Therapy

Maybe you have a health condition that’s causing pain. Or symptoms that appeared seemingly out of nowhere. Maybe you even tried physical therapy in the past, and it didn’t work. Or maybe you simply want to maintain your strength and activity level to prevent future health problems. Whatever your situation, you should know that Life’s Work is different than most physical therapy clinics.

Orthopedic Care

All our therapists are specifically trained in orthopedic manual therapy. We excel at treating complex pain and injury in every area of the body.

Personalized, Research-Based Treatment

We specialize in complete and accurate diagnoses. By looking at how your entire body is working as a system, we identify the issues causing your pain. Then we develop a personalized treatment plan grounded in research and built around your goals.

My pelvic floor weakness and bladder leakage dictated my life’s activities: working out, meetings, walking the dog, going out with friends & family. Zeyla immediately provided me with exercises and techniques to start strengthening my pelvic floor.

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Or keep reading to learn about a few of the most common women’s health issues we can help with.

Pregnancy and Postpartum

Carrying a new life changes the way you walk, sleep, and move in the world. Throughout this exciting time, physical therapy can help you prevent injury while staying strong and healthy before, during, and after pregnancy.

Our physical therapists can help you improve your posture, joint alignment, muscle strength, flexibility, and nerve involvement, in order to:

  • Prevent short and long term pain associated with pregnancy
  • Remain active, flexible, and strong
  • Learn how to avoid injury-inducing movements
  • Rehabilitate and heal after childbirth

Are you on pregnancy-related bed rest?

Bed rest can be difficult physically and emotionally. The physical therapists at Life’s Work can help. We offer individualized support to help you take good care of your body and your baby during this time.

Osteoporosis and Osteopenia

Osteoporosis is a loss in bone density that leads to weaker, more brittle bones. On average, 1 in 2 women age 50 and older will suffer a fracture from osteoporosis. Osteopenia is a less severe version of osteoporosis.

Exercise is one of the best forms of treatment and prevention, but it’s important not to overstress weakened bones. We can help you find the right activities to strengthen your bones without causing fractures.

Menopause and Perimenopause

Menopause is the natural end of your menstrual cycle. During perimenopause (the period leading up to menopause) your reproductive hormones begin to decrease. This completely natural process often brings some unwanted symptoms, including weight gain and muscle loss.

We specialize in helping women stay fit and maintain muscle strength. Let us support you at every stage so you can age greatly, and enjoy all the activities you love.

Bone Fractures

Osteoporosis, sudden trauma, or repeated stress can all cause broken bones. Stress fractures (small cracks) are caused by overuse and repetitive activity.

When recovering from a fracture, physical therapy can help you maintain muscle strength and flexibility without re-damaging the broken bone.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is common as we age, especially among women. It happens when the cartilage that protects the ends of your bones wears down over time. This can cause pain and limited range of motion. Physical therapy for osteoarthritis may include:

  • Reducing stiffness with stretching
  • Using manual therapy and exercises to prevent limping
  • Strengthening the muscles around the affected joint

Urinary Incontinence

The loss of bladder control is a difficult but common condition that’s very responsive to physical therapy. Treatments like pelvic floor retraining are much easier and more effective than most people think!

We use biofeedback therapy to show you how you’re tensing and relaxing your muscles using computer graphs. You’ll gain greater awareness and control over your pelvic floor muscles to improve and prevent urinary incontinence.

Post Breast and Abdominal Surgery

Mastectomies, C-sections, hysterectomies, and many other surgeries require a period of rehabilitation. Soreness, changes to your posture, and emotional stress can increase tension in other regions of your body too. Your physical therapist can help you:

  • Prepare for your surgery
  • Increase strength and flexibility after your procedure
  • Prevent injury during recovery

Eating Disorders

Recovering from an eating disorder is often a multi-phase process with many twists and turns. It can really help to have a great physical therapist on your side.

We learn about your history and recovery goals. Together we develop a treatment plan with a combination of manual therapy, muscle strengthening, and relaxation exercises. We also listen to your concerns and explain all our recommendations, so you’ll leave your appointment feeling empowered and excited for the future.

Chronic Headaches

Chronic headaches come in many forms—from neck-related headaches, to migraines, to whiplash headaches, and more. The physical therapists at Life’s Work are experts at identifying and treating the complex causes of headaches with strengthening exercises, muscle relaxation, and lifestyle changes.

Learn more about how we treat various types of head, jaw, and neck pain.

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Three Convenient Locations

Phone: 503-295-2585
Fax: 503-295-2587

SW Portland

9450 SW Barnes Road
Suite 100
Portland, OR 97225

NE Portland

700 NE Multnomah Street
Suite 400
Portland, OR 97232

Tigard

9900 SW Greenburg Road
Suite 150
Portland, OR  97223