Women's Health at Brighton Outpatient
Spaulding Outpatient Center Brighton provides specialized women’s health and pelvic floor physical therapy services. We empower women to achieve wellbeing and return to life and sport. Our priority is compassionate one-on-one care that focuses on a comprehensive approach that provides patients’ lasting relief by treating not just their symptoms but also the underlying causes.
Spaulding Brighton’s Women’s Wellness & Fitness
Services are designed to address pelvic health diagnoses, related musculoskeletal pain as well as underlying movement impairments.
Women's Health Physical Therapy Services include:
- Manual Therapy for pain relief
- Exercise prescription for pregnancy and postpartum
- Diastasis Recti management & safe abdominal strengthening
- Relief from low back, hip, SI pain and resolution of urinary leakage
- Biofeedback retraining for pelvic pain and weakness
- Performance Matrix screening & retraining for return to sport
- Pilates & GYROTONIC™ Movement Re-Education
Work with our specialist clinicians & enjoy our state of the art movement studio as you get back to life feeling stronger and more confident in your movement.
Our Pelvic Health Services are also designed to treat the following medical conditions:
Urinary or Fecal Incontinence
Urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine. Urinary incontinence affects 25% to 30% of women ages 18-40 and increases up to 50% of women over age 65. Urinary leakage can be caused by pelvic floor weakness and or tightness as well as decreased coordination of the pelvic floor with associated pelvic girdle supportive muscles. Pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, hysterectomy, pelvic and abdominal surgery, and obesity are risk factors. A pelvic health physical therapist will assist you in regaining control over your bladder through evaluating, strengthening, mobilizing, and retraining the pelvic floor muscles.
Fecal incontinence is unexpected leakage of stool from the rectum and loss of bowel control. Urgency and incontinence can be due to pelvic floor weakness from tissue or muscle damage during childbirth or be correlated with other bowel dysfunctions. A pelvic health physical therapist will assist you in regaining control over your bowel control with skilled manual therapy, behavioral education, and pelvic floor strengthening and mobilization.
Pregnancy and Postpartum-Related Pain Rehabilitation
Pregnancy Pain Management and Exercise Prescription
During pregnancy, women often experience low back pain, pelvic girdle and sacral pain, urinary leakage, tingling in the arms and swelling of the extremities. These symptoms may cause uncertainty regarding the safe amount and types of exercise advise-able at this time. A women’s health physical therapist will provide skilled therapeutic massage, manual therapy, postural re-training, education on bracing, and instruction on safe effective exercises.
In the postpartum period after delivery, a women’s body undergoes a challenging stage of recovery amid many new physical demands and lack of sleep. Complication can arise. Common conditions include diastasis recti abdominis, painful c-section and episiotomy scars, bladder dysfunction, urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, painful intercourse, sacroiliac joint pain, back pain, and wrist pain. Although these conditions are common they are not normal. Early intervention with a women's health physical therapist is beneficial to address these immediate concerns to decrease risk of future complications.
Diastasis Recti Abdominis (DRA)
Diastasis Recti Abdominis is the separation of the abdominal muscles at the left and right side of the abdominis muscle. Diastasis Rectus Abdominis most commonly occurs with the sudden growth of the abdominal wall but also occurs in women who have never been pregnant. Typically, the separation will resolve on its own by 6 weeks postpartum. However, if the diastasis does not resolve it can contribute to issues such as back pain, sciatica, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, pelvic pain, and urinary leakage. A women’s health physical therapist will evaluate and prescribe specific safe exercises for diastasis recti abdominis to reduce separation, increase tone the abdominal region, and restore stability and postural control.
Women’s Health Pelvic Pain
The term ‘Pelvic Pain’ encompasses pain in the pelvic girdle, sacral region, low back, buttocks, vulva, as well as the internal and external genitalia. Pelvic pain commonly presents with pelvic floor muscle dysfunction inclusive of pelvic floor tightness, overactive trigger points, spasms and associated poor coordination of the pelvic floor & surrounding pelvic girdle muscles. A skilled pelvic floor specialist will address these issues through biofeedback, relaxation training, soft tissue and trigger point release.
Pelvic pain diagnoses that often present with pelvic floor dysfunction and that will benefit from physical therapy:
- Pelvic Girdle Pain
- Interstitial Cystitis
- Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
- Chronic Hip Pain
- Post-Operative Pelvic Pain:
- Pelvic and abdominal surgeries such as s hysterectomy, cesarean section, and other uro-gynecological surgeries can result in scar tissue formation, and reduced function of the pelvic floor muscle and surrounding muscles. This loss of muscle support can cause pelvic pain as well as bladder or bowel dysfunction. Early intervention post operatively from a skilled pelvic floor specialist will optimize the post-surgical outcome resulting in restored mobility and strength.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Pelvic organ prolapse is the descent of the bladder, rectum or uterus into the vaginal canal that can occur from injuries sustained by childbirth, repetitive heavy lifting, poor bowel habits, previous hysterectomy, and age-related weakness. Symptoms may include vaginal heaviness/ bulging, feelings of pressure or “falling out”, lower back and pelvic pain, urinary urgency or leakage and inability to fully empty the bladder or rectum.
Pelvic organ prolapse is often associated with pelvic floor weakness, thinning of the vaginal tissue, poor bowel and posture habits, or a loss of structural support. A skilled pelvic floor physical therapist will provide conservative treatment that focuses on strengthening and patient education to minimize and manage your symptoms.
Our Specialist Clinician
Christina Seng, MS, MSPT
Physical Therapist, Women’s Health/Pelvic Floor Clinical Specialist
Education: Northeastern University, Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy; Northeastern University, Master of Science in Physical Therapy
Licenses: Physical Therapy
Special Training/Certifications: Certified Stott Pilates Instructor, Certified TPM Movement Specialist, Certified Burdenko
Method Specialist, trained in Herman and Wallace Pelvic Floor Series, Julie Wiebe’s Women’s Health Piston Science Series,
Mulligan Approach, and Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Approach.
Clinical Interests: Pelvic floor dysfunction, pregnancy and postpartum related pain, incontinence, dyspareunia and pelvic
pain, diastasis recti abdominis dysfunction, prolapse, postoperative pelvic rehabilitation, and general orthopedic and