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Women's Health Physical Therapy is here to improve your quality of life by decreasing your episodes of incontinence, decreasing the number of times you have to use the bathroom per day, improving any pain that limits you from performing the activities that you want, preparing your body for labor, and helping recover postpartum. This service addresses undesired issues including, but not limited to:

  • Incontinence
  • Pelvic pressure or heaviness
  • Pelvic pain
  • Increased bladder frequency
  • Pain during pregnancy
  • Tailbone pain
  • Bowel Dysfunction

Women’s Health and Prenatal Physical Therapists uniquely tailor each patient’s session to best help work towards the patient’s goals. This is not a one size fits all service.

Women's Health Physical Therapy services are referral based. Talk to your Primary Care Physician or OB/GYN if you believe this is a service that may benefit you. You can call 712.755.4342 with any questions.

Meet the Team

Tina Bryant, BA, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), is employed in Myrtue's Rehab Services department and specializes in pelvic floor evaluation and intervention. She received her bachelor's degree from Northwest Missouri State University and her doctorate from Harding University in Searcy, AR. She has been with Myrtue since 2019.

Most patients who see Tina have the following women's health issues:

  • Incontinence
  • Pelvic pain
  • Diastasis rectus abdominis
  • Lower back and hip pain during pregnancy
  • Pelvic pressure and heaviness
  • Increased bladder frequency
  • Tailbone pain
  • Bowel dysfunction

Claire Petersen, BA, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), is employed in Myrtue's Rehab Services department and specializes in maternal evaluation and intervention. She received her bachelor's and doctorate from Creighton University in Omaha and has been with Myrtue since 2014.

Women's Health Appointment Outlook

Patients will perform a muscle assessment at their first appointment to determine the best treatment for their specific case. They will also go over medical history and possible past injuries. Patients should wear comfortable clothing.

Prenatal Physical Therapy

Pregnancy, labor, and delivery can be very trying on a woman’s body. Prenatal Physical Therapy involves stretches, breathing, and exercise techniques to help prevent long-term impacts that could occur during or after delivery. Myrtue offers prenatal physical therapy consultations to all patients to help prepare each woman for her labor and delivery.

Goals for Prenatal Physical Therapy:

  • Prevent injuries or address common pregnancy complaints
  • Educate on labor and birth positions and relaxation techniques
  • Empower women to improve the likelihood of the birth they desire
  • Reduce the risk of tearing through exercise techniques
  • Educate on postpartum recovery
  • Provide breath work techniques to help during labor

Prenatal Appointment Outlook

During a prenatal consultation, Tina or Claire will teach the expecting mother stretches and position changes she can use to alleviate some of pregnancy’s discomforts. They will also instruct and walk through stretches and exercises that promote proper positioning of the baby and result in optimal labor progression working towards the goal of a vaginal delivery.

For her consultation, a patient should wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows for optimal movement. Also, consider bringing along a support person who will help with these stretches and exercises outside of the appointment.