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The Pelvic Defender

Blog by Dr. Heather Rader

saving the world one pelvis at a time

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PELVIC PHYSICAL THERAPY

Moms deserve Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy should be a part of every mother’s birth plan.  Dr. Rader is a maternal health specialist and can help you have a comfortable and fit pregnancy, a body physically prepared for childbirth, and a restored pelvic floor and core postpartum. 

Treatable Conditions

  • Diastasis Recti Abdominis

  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse

  • Incontinence

  • Constipation

  • Tailbone pain

  • Pregnancy-related Low Back Pain

  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction

  • Tailbone and Sitting Pain

  • Pubic Symphysis Dysfunction

  • Postpartum urinary retention

  • Cesarean and abdominal Rehab

  • Perineal Tear or Episiotomy Scar Rehab

  • Birth Preparation for the Pelvic Floor

  • Postpartum Return to Fitness/Running/HIIT safely

  • Early "4th Trimester" Postpartum Rehab

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction can strike anyone

Everyone has pelvic floor muscles, which give you bladder and bowel control and are crucial to sexual function.  Kegel exercises are NOT for everyone.  Most people don’t perform them correctly, do way too many, not enough, or not the right type for their body and lifestyle.  Incontinence and prolapse are common problems for exercising women and 25% stop their fitness due to pelvic floor issues. If you have pelvic pain, Kegel exercises can increase symptoms. d Dr. Rader is certified in pelvic floor biofeedback and will give you a properly dosed plan.

 

  • Urinary Incontinence

  • Stress incontinence

  • Urge incontinence

  • Overactive Bladder

  • Nocturia

  • Cystocele

  • Urinary retention

  • Bladder emptying issues

  • Uterine prolapse

  • Fecal incontinence

  • Rectocele

  • Constipation

  • Defecation dysfunction

 

Maximize your Maternal Health with a Proactive Package

4  sessions - $500

Prenatal Prehab Pack

Feel prepared for pregnancy

Prenatal Fitness - Kegel training - Core Exercises

Pelvic Floor Birth Prep

Postpartum Rehab Pack

Heal faster after Childbirth

4th-trimester check-up - Vaginal & Abdominal Recovery - Core Restoration - Postpartum Fitness

Special Sessions for Specific Pelvic & Abdominal Concerns

Prenatal Prehab

Pack

Feel prepared for pregnancy

Prenatal Fitness - Kegel training - Core Exercises

Pelvic Floor Birth Prep

  • ​Reduce the risk of prolapse, diastasis, incontinence, and back pain.

  • Modify fitness activities you already love.

  • Learn how to start a prenatal fitness plan.

  • Try labor positions with pelvic floor biofeedback to reduce the likelihood of perineal injury

Postpartum Rehab Pack

Heal faster after Childbirth

4th-trimester check-up - Vaginal & Abdominal Recovery - Core Restoration - Postpartum Fitness

  • Determine pelvic floor, abdominal, and spinal health after childbrith

  • Restore the core exercise progressions

  • Perineal healing and prolapse prevention

  • Cesarean scar management & Ab Rehab

  • Reduce leakage, constipation, and pelvic pain
  • Return to fitness
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1  session - $125

Postpartum Checkup

Am I OK down there? Am I normal?

This 4th trimester session will determine how your core and pelvic floor are recovering from vaginal or abdominal childbirth. Get your questions answered and find out what's normal and what's not.

  • Do I have a diastasis recti?

  • Am I doing Kegels right?

  • Do I have a prolapse?

  • Should my scar still hurt?

The ideal timing is 4-12 weeks postpartum, but it it's never too late to heal from childbirth, even years later

Pelvic Floor Restore

Got a bladder matter? Feel Constipated?

For those with a perineal injury,weak pelvic floor, episiotomy scars, obstructed constipation, prolapse, or painful sex

  • Have your pelvic floor muscles checked by an expert

  • Learn correct pelvic floor exercises with biofeedback

  • Minimize incontinence

  • Reduce prolapse

Ab Rehab

Got a Baby Belly? Have a Tender Tummy?

Soft Tissue Stretch

Do you have “Low Front Pain?"
Abdominal and pelvic pain can arise due to digestive, urological, and gynecological conditions.  Your organs are surrounded by protective muscles which can spasm and tense up, making your pain even worse.  Dr. Rader applies rehab principles used for back pain to successfully treat persistent abdominal and pelvic pain conditions.
  • Interstitial cystitis & Bladder Pain Syndromes
  • IBS & Digestive Pain Syndromes
  • Surgical Scars and Adhesions
  • Endometriosis
  • Abdominal nerve entrapment
  • Abdominal muscle pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Pudendal neuralgia
  • Vulvodynia
Do you have chronic back or hip pain?  Trouble Sitting?
Spine and hip pain can mimic pelvic pain and vice versa.  Research has shown that up to 30% of “low back pain” is really pelvic pain.  Many gynecological conditions can mimic hip issues like labrum tears and vice versa.  Let Dr. Rader, a certified pelvic health specialist, determine if your pain has been misdiagnosed and give you a treatment plan that works.
  • Low Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Hip Dysfunction
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Tailbone Pain
  • Sitting Pain
  • Hip pain
  • Hip impingement
  • Hip Labrum injury