Women Specific Wellness Services

The practitioners of Metta Integrative Wellness Center are dedicated to helping you achieve greater well being through holistic and integrated therapies. Many of our offerings can be particularly helpful in supporting women of all ages and stages of life from the onset of puberty to pregnancy and menopause.

 

Physical Therapy for Pelvic and Women’s Health

Dr. Laura Keyser is highly skilled in treating a variety of pelvic health concerns that may present throughout the reproductive years and beyond. These include conditions that may affect bladder, bowel or sexual function and cause pain and/or difficulties with daily activities or exercise, such as:

  • Pregnancy and postpartum conditions
    • Back, hip and/or abdominal pain
    • Diastasis recti/separation of the abdominal muscles
    • Pelvic muscle weakness
    • Pelvic organ prolapse
    • General weakness/mobility concerns
    • And any of the conditions listed below
  • Urinary incontinence, urgency/frequency, overactive bladder, interstitial cystitis
  • Elimination problems, including constipation and bowel incontinence
  • Chronic pelvic, vulvar or sexual pain syndromes
  • Complications associated with endometriosis, fibroids/cysts, pelvic-related cancers

Sometimes called pelvic floor dysfunction, many of the symptoms or diagnoses listed above respond well to physical therapy. This is because many of these conditions affect not only the pelvic organs, but also the surrounding muscles, nerves and connective tissues that make up the pelvic floor. A physical therapy evaluation for such conditions sometimes involves an internal pelvic muscle exam, which is performed with one gloved finger to test the muscle strength and tissue quality of the pelvic floor to determine the cause of symptoms and to provide the best course of treatment. If needed, this will be discussed in detail during the initial visit.

 

Acupuncture for the Reproductive Years

Chinese medicine has been used for thousands of years to treat women’s health conditions, promote conception, support pregnancy, and assist in labor. Metta Acupuncturist Lauren Potts has a particular passion for women’s health and wellness with a focus on caring for women during the reproductive years and through menopause. She is skilled in fertility enhancement, treating common concerns and supporting wellness through pregnancy, balancing and regulating the menstrual cycle and caring for postpartum and menopausal women.

 

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy is a time when a woman’s body moves through dramatic physical and emotional changes. Using various techniques specially developed for the expecting mother, Pregnancy Massage supports the physiologic, structural, and emotional well-being of both mother and fetus and helps to release discomforts experienced during pregnancy. The benefits are profound, including emotional balancing, relief of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, and improved breathing and relaxation. Massage during pregnancy can give much needed nurturance and stress reduction during this special time. Prenatal massage therapy performed similar to regular therapeutic massage sessions while the mother to be is additionally supported by pillows and bolsters.