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At Femina Physical Therapy, we specialize in treating these conditions that are all too often misunderstood by the medical community. What sets us apart from other physical therapy offices is we provide one-on-one care by licensed physical therapists for 60-90 minutes. In certain circumstances we over 2 hour appointments. No unlicensed personnel are used at any time, making the quality of care we provide at the highest level.

In depth evaluations, manual therapy, exercise prescription, and many of the other services we offer will have their greatest impact on your recovery when done by skilled, licensed providers that also participate in ongoing continuing education. This practice model also allows us to quickly identify when changes in your treatment plan are needed, maximizing each treatment session. Make an appointment at either our La Cañada or Sherman Oaks office today to get on the path to healing tomorrow.

Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine

Our physical therapists all started out as Orthopaedic and/or Sports physical therapists and continue to see the common ailments here. With our one-on-one set-up, we are equipped to treat even the most stubborn of pain, dysfunction or loss of use. Give us a call today so you can be back to your favorite activities painfree tomorrow!

Treatments for Female Sexual Dysfunctions

We treat a variety of pelvic pain issues, including female sexual dysfunctions such as vaginismus, vulvodynia, vestibulitis, and more.

Pelvic floor muscles are very important in the physiology of the female sexual response. Physical therapists play an important role in the multidisciplinary team when dealing with sexual dysfunctions. Arousal and orgasmic disorders and sexual pain are areas that pelvic floor physical therapy specialists can assist patients in restoring sexual health and pleasure.

Read more: Pelvic Pain Syndromes

Incontinence is the inability to control bodily functions resulting in the loss of urine or feces.

Physical therapy treatments are important to restore the normal bladder and bowel functions through strengthening, use of behavioral modification strategies, correction of faulty patterns and habits and use of biofeedback and electrical stimulation as appropriate to enhance pelvic floor rehabilitation.

Read more: Incontinence

“Urogenital prolapse occurs when there is weakness in the supporting structures of the pelvic floor allowing the pelvic viscera to descend and ultimately fall through the anatomical defect.”

- Bo, Kari, Berghmans, Bary, Morkved, Siv, Van Kampen, Marijke, Evidence-Based Physical Therapy for the Pelvic Floor, Elsevier Ltd., 2007.

Read more: Urogenital Prolapse

Vaginismus:

Involuntary muscle spasms involving the superficial and deep pelvic floor muscles that typically cause painful entry, limiting or preventing intercourse, tampon insertion or pelvic exams. Women with vaginismus do not always experience "pain" and often report the feeling of their partner or a tampon "hitting a wall". Pain is also a common presentation when partial or complete penetration occurs. It may also present as minor discomfort with tampons, pelvic exams or intercoruse.

See http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaginismus/Pages/Introduction.aspx for more information.

Dyspareunia:

From Wikipedia:
"Dyspareunia is painful sexual intercourse due to medical or psychological causes. The symptoms are significantly more common in women than in men. The pain can primarily be on the external surface of the genitalia, or deeper in the pelvis upon deep pressure against the cervix. It can affect a small portion of the vulva or vagina or be felt all over the surface. Understanding the duration, location, and nature of the pain is important in identifying the causes of the pain."

Read more: Dyspareunia Symptoms and Treatments

Vulvodynia:

Vulvodynia means “vulvar pain” or pain of the external female genital region. Symptoms include burning, stinging, and irritation of the tissues in this region. Light touch or pressure can cause severe pain with sitting, walking, riding a bicycle, and sexual intercourse.

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Read more: Vulvodynia Symptoms and Treatments

Vulvar Vestibulitis/Vestibulodynia:

Vulvar Vestibulitis/Vestibulodynia is a form of vulvodynia with tenderness specific to the vulvar vestibule. This occurs with pressure to the site causing pain at the vaginal opening with touch or attempted penetration (provoked vestibulodynia) or can also present as constant or frequent pain, irritation, or itching of the vulvar vestibule (unprovoked vestibulodynia). Tissues may also be red or swollen at times.

Read more: Vulvar Vestibulitis (Vestibulodynia) Symptoms and Treatments

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