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women's health and therapy services at UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Women's Health Physical Therapy | UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Physical Therapy Designed for Women

At UnityPoint Health - Des Moines, we offer comprehensive women's health physical therapy programs for various pelvic health issues.

Conditions Treated in Women's Physical Therapy

As a woman, you're likely juggling many things, from work, family life to social obligations, it can be hard to find a moment to check in on your health. However, when health issues like incontinence or pelvic pain begin to creep in, it's important to find treatment options that put you in control.

Our women's health care experts treat issues such as the following:

  • Incontinence. Incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine or stool. Incontinence can be caused by pelvic floor muscle weakness, which then results in muscles being unable to support the bladder, uterus or rectum. For this condition, treatment options include exercise, biofeedback, posture and movement education and electrical stimulation.
  • Pelvic Pain. Health conditions such as vaginismus, vulvodynia, vestibulitis, interstitial cysts, coccydynia or anismus can cause pain in the vaginal or rectal area. A woman may experience pain while sitting, during intercourse or general pain in the lower abdomen and hips.
  • Pelvic Prolapse. When the bladder, uterus or rectum falls below the level of the pelvic floor muscles. Women may feel heaviness, pain or a lump sensation because that area's muscles, connective tissues and ligaments can't support those organs. Treatment options include pelvic floor and core strengthening as well as posture and body mechanics-training to avoid surgery. Furthermore, physical therapy can also be used before and after surgery to prevent the condition from reoccurring.
  • Pregnancy-Related Pain. Pregnant women may experience pain due to changes in posture, weight or increased hormones. Not only are these women more susceptible to injuries during pregnancy, but related orthopedic problems may continue or begin after delivery. Treatment includes maternity support, manual therapy, strengthening and retraining techniques. If a woman has a high-risk pregnancy, often times she will be assigned to bed rest. For pregnancy-related pain, the woman's physical therapist will design a program of exercises, positioning and relaxation.
  • Osteoporosis and Compression Fractures. Osteoporosis is a condition in which a woman's bones become thin and brittle and can break more easily. A therapy program geared for osteoporosis patients include instruction in strengthening and balance, proper body mechanics, posture and exercise. Our physical therapists can also recommend braces or orthotics as well as treatments like moist heat and electrical stimulation to relieve pain.

Meet our Women's Health Physical Therapy Providers

Shelley, Dreibelbeis, PT

Shelley, Dreibelbeis is a Women's Health therapist at UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Shelley is a graduate of the University of Iowa Physical Therapy Program. Shelley's clinical interests include women's health specializing in the treatment of incontinence, pregnancy-related pain and pelvic pain.

Tarra Richard, PT, MPT

Tarra Richard is a Women's Health therapist at UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Tarra is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a BS in exercise science, and she completed her Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa. Tarra developed the Women's Health/Pelvic Rehab at UnityPoint Health - Quad Cities before transferring to UnityPoint Health - Des Moines. She enjoys working with pregnancy-related pain, urinary and bowel incontinence, painful intercourse and pelvic pain.

Peggy Scott, PT

Peggy Scott is a Women's Health therapist at UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Peggy is a graduate of College of St. Scholastica, and her interests include women's health, specifically pelvic pain, incontinence, painful intercourse, osteoporosis and pregnancy-related pain. She has been practicing women's health for over 20 years.

Women's Health Physical Therapy at UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

At UnityPoint Health - Des Moines, we understand that women have specific health needs. We offer physical therapy for women at six convenient locations throughout the Des Moines metro. Locations are:

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