Rehabilitation & Other Therapies
Women's rehabilitation services
Women experience unique rehabilitation needs. As they experience events
from childbirth to menopause, women see the body they once knew and
understood, change. They can benefit greatly from programs designed
specifically for the stress these life changes have on their body.
Aurora has designed specialty rehabilitation programs that minimize the
impact of these very real physical changes and demands throughout a woman's
Women's rehabilitation services are provided by physical and occupational
therapists who have completed nationally recognized postgraduate training in
prenatal rehabilitation, pain, continence, fibromyalgia and lymphedema
Our team of women's rehabilitation specialists provide care for women who
experience pain or complications from the following conditions:
Comprehensive care provided
A compassionate team of women's health care providers with special
training assist women with such programs as:
- Providing information to women early in their pregnancy regarding
safe exercises to do during pregnancy and post-partum
- Proper body mechanics during pregnancy and the post-partum
Back pain in pregnancy
- Providing instruction in exercise for muscles specifically affected
- Offering treatment modalities of heat and ice, massage, muscle
energy correction and instruction on proper body mechanics in the clinic
for women who are unable to function fully because of the pain.
Appropriate therapeutic belts and supports.
Pregnancy and Fitness Program
- A two-session prenatal/postpartum class that teaches you how to
properly exercise your spinal, abdominal and pelvic floor muscle to
improve posture, core strength and pelvic support.
- Intended for pregnant and new mothers.
- Physician approval needed Prenatal/postpartum exercise class taught
by trained rehabilitation professionals.
- Safe, low-impact exercises to reduce backaches, increase energy
levels, control weight and more.
- A supportive environment where mothers and mothers-to-be can network
Chronic pelvic pain and abdominal pain
Treatment for dysmenorrheal (severe menstrual cramps), dyspareunia or
vaginismus (painful intercourse), post hysterectomy pain, bladder pain, or
Modalities may include electric stimulation, heat, ice and ultrasound to
relieve pelvic pain. Other treatment options include muscle energy
corrections, massage, trigger point releasing, work on acupressure points,
scar releases and core strengthening.
Self-management is emphasized.
- Most women are 50-75% better after 6 visits.
- To treat women who experience difficulty in involuntary loss of
urine or bowel movement which affects 70% of all women at some point in
- Utilizes state-of-the-art biofeedback equipment for muscle
re-education and behavioral training with instruction in Kegel and other
- Implementing dietary counseling as pertinent to bladder irritants
- Self management is emphasized
Lymphedema may be treated or controlled by specially trained therapists with
a combination of the following techniques:
- Manual Lymph Drainage - Specialized massage
techniques are utilized to assist with moving the fluid and proteins out
of the swollen area. This helps to channel fluid around missing or
damaged lymph nodes to functioning nodes. Can also help to develop
alternate pathways or lymph channels.
- Compression Bandaging/Wrapping - Multi-layered
bandaging is applied to the arm or leg to further assist with decreasing
- Sequential Pneumatic Pump - An air-filled sleeve
fits over the arm or leg and air is pumped into the sleeve to apply
pressure to the swollen area to help move the fluid out of the area.
- Fitting with a Compression Garment - Once the
swelling has been reduced and stabilized, the patient may be fit with a
sleeve for the affected arm or leg to help maintain the decrease in
- Education - Provided in the areas of skin care,
self-massage, self-wrapping, exercise and prevention of lymphedema.
- Exercise - An exercise program is designed to
assist with regaining range of motion, strength and assisting with flow