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May: Women’s Health Month

By Sydney Savage, DPT

Did you know that May is Women’s Health Month? I know you are probably thinking, but isn’t that in October? October is Breast Cancer Awareness and Support Month, which is important. However, let us not forget that women’s health is about so much more than just our breasts, so obviously we need more than one month to celebrate and support our bodies. Did you know that women have pelvic floors? Do you know what a pelvic floor is?  

Barbara Robinet, PT and Owner
Women’s Health Specialist
Greenville RPT clinic

The pelvic floor is made up of the pelvic bones as well as the bones of the low back including the lumbar spine, sacrum, and coccyx. It’s also made up of muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and connective tissue called fascia. Each of these components plays a vital role in the function of the pelvic floor. Because of this, the pelvic floor has many daily functions that we often don’t think about. The pelvic floor assists to create stability of the hips, pelvis and low back, it assists with sexual pleasure, and control of urination and bowel movements. However, with so many regular functions, dysfunction of the pelvic floor can also cause many issues. In this article, we are going to focus on pelvic floor issues as well as how physical therapy may be utilized as a treatment.

Sydney Savage, DPT
Women’s Health Specialist
Rockford RPT clinic

Experiencing urinary leakage when laughing or exercising is not normal. Experiencing urinary leakage after having 1 or 10 children is not normal. Experiencing urinary leakage while doing the dishes is not normal. Let me repeat that, urinary leakage is not normal and can disrupt one’s quality of life. Over 25 million adults in American suffer from some form of urinary leakage and 75-80% are women. There are a couple of major types of urinary leakage, also known as urinary incontinence. Stress incontinence is the first type and this happens when coughing, sneezing, laughing, jumping, etc. The second is called urge incontinence. Generally, one will experience this kind of urinary leakage when the signal to go to the bathroom becomes too much and it’s difficult to get to the toilet in time without having an accident. The last type of urinary incontinence is a mix between stress incontinence and urinary incontinence. The severity of urinary incontinence is dependent on a multitude of factors and affects everyone differently. Some common causes may include pregnancy and childbirth, menopause, hysterectomy or other abdominal surgeries, and obesity; although other factors may be involved as well. 

The good news is that treatment, non-surgical and surgical options, are available. At Robinet Physical Therapy we provide a non-surgical option for treatment. A full physical therapy evaluation and assessment are completed; this includes both an internal and external evaluation. If you would like more information or you aren’t sure if pelvic floor physical therapy is what you need, please reach out to Robinet Physical Therapy as we offer a free 30 minute consultation with our pelvic health specialists to help determine what is best for you. 

Robinet Physical Therapy:

Rockford (616) 866-2727, Greenville (616) 232-2400


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Physical Therapy Success Stories

I came to Robinet for therapy to strengthen my pelvic floor after my hysterectomy. I received a very helpful evaluation and understanding of my condition as well as the exercises and review of my progress to put me on the path to get stronger and feel more confident in my daily activities. I couldn't be more pleased with how effective this therapy has been.
- Pelvic Health and Healing Patient Review, January 2018
Was dealing with a lingering ankle issue and Jason and his team got me back better than ever. I've tried a few other places and I highly recommend these guys.
- Facebook Review (5 Star), March 2018
Sydney was welcoming and easy to talk to. I came in with a few different issues and she quickly discovered that they were all connected, addressed the issues and gave me exercises to help improve. I feel stronger and more comfortable and more capable in my daily life.
- Patient Review, January 2018
I have been going to RobinetPT for several years for injuries, maintenance during Ironman training and post–surgical rehabilitation. I am amazed at the level of knowledge and drive to truly find the root cause of injuries rather than simply treat symptoms
- Patient Review, January 2018
My orthopedic surgeon said my only option was a shoulder replacement. Jason Robinet, Jason Meagrow and Sydney Savage found ways to retrain the muscles around my shoulder deficiencies. It continues to strengthen with exercise, even after therapy.
- Google Review (5 Star), March 2018
My daughter and I have received the most personalized, helpful care at Robinet. I had been seeing a chiropractor for a year for chronic neck pain and after a few weeks of treatments, I found relief and have felt much improved over the last year.
– Google Review (5 Star), March 2018
My daughter experienced shin pain and a sprained ankle due to sports. Jason got her back into shape as soon as possible without risking her long term health or further injury. Karen has been super helpful fitting us in and helping us with follow up visits. We highly recommend Robinet.
– Google Review (5 Star), March 2018
I suffered from pelvic floor dysfunction and recurrent SI joint pain. Prior to physical therapy with Barb I had difficulty voiding and constant pressure in my lower pelvis. Sports and physical activity were painful. But since therapy and the addition of strengthening exercises, this has all greatly improved.
- Patient Review, January 2018
Friendly therapists, all knowledgeable in the process, comfortable environment. Easy on/off highway. I drove from Hudsonville because one of the doctors I work with recommended them and goes here as well. Goals reached and discharged in approximately 10 visits, I no longer have hip pain when walking.
– Google Review (5 Star), March 2018
Great information provided at every visit.
– Google Review (5 Star), February 2018


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