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Lotus Physical Therapy for Women, PLLC is Opening a Second Location!!!!!!! New Paltz, New York

I am pleased to announce that Lotus Physical Therapy for Women, PLLC is about to open a second location in NEW PALTZ, NEW YORK!!! I will be providing the same services and can be reached via the same contact information. The address for the new location is 5 Academy Street, New Paltz, New York 12561. This location will be serving Ulster County, Orange County, Sullivan County, Greene County, Putnam County and Dutchess County, New York. The office is set to open mid-November. For appointments, please call the number provided on the site. Can’t wait to provide Women’s Health Physical Therapy to area!!! Luba Starostiak

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Rehabilitation After Hysterectomy

A recent statistical study reported that in the USA alone, approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed annually.  Hysterectomies are performed for various reasons such as cancer, endometriosis, excessive bleeding and tumors.  The procedures can be carried out abdominally through an open incision, trans-vaginally, laparoscopically and more recently, robotically guided.  The scope of the percentage of reproductive organ removal varies from removing just the uterus to complete hysterectomy where uterus, cervix, ovaries and even a portion of the vaginal canal are excised.  Pelvic organs (uterus, ovaries, bladder and bowel) contact each other inside of the body by proximity and connective tissue attachments.  This type of surgery can disrupt the natural function and stability of both internal organs as well as that of the pelvis and spine.  Hysterectomy has been linked to incontinence, surrounding organ prolapse, back pain, abdominal weakness, to name a few.  After having a hysterectomy, whether partial or complete, it is helpful to have guidance in learning how to restore function to abdominal and spinal muscles as well as strengthen pelvic floor muscles to provide internal stability to remaining organs.  Learning proper body mechanics for mobility and exercise can be extremely helpful.  Seeking guidance from a Physical Therapist who is an expert and specialized in Women’s Health, can help decrease pain and restore lost function and potentially further problems down the road.

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Exercise and Menopause

Avoiding a sedentary lifestyle through exercise can help reduce some of the negative effects associated with menopause.  The decrease in hormone production during this time, especially estrogen, can lead to a host of changes in the body.  Women often experience weight gain, loss of muscle mass and strength as well as a decrease in bone mineral density which may lead to osteopenia or osteoporosis.  Depression and fatigue are also commonly reported and experienced.  Weight gain can lead to obesity if unchecked.  Obesity has been shown to increase the risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  Osteoporosis can lead to fractures in the wrist, thigh bones and/or spine.  These potential problems can be addressed by avoiding a sedentary lifestyle.  Adding 30 minutes per day of exercise on most days, including weight-bearing exercises and resistive exercises have been shown to increase bone density, decrease the risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, control excessive weight gain

and diminish depression.  Weight bearing exercise could simply be brisk walking for weight-bearing to the lower extremities and pelvis.  Weight bearing can also be done in the form of exercise on hands and knees if possible, like gentle yoga.  This would help with weight-bearing to the upper extremities and upper spine.  Exercising with resistance bands or weights strengthens both muscle and bone.   A 2016 study by Kai, Nagamatsu, Kitabatake and Sensui in the journal Menopause showed that gentle 10-minute nightly stretching, for example, before bed-time could also help diminish symptoms such as hot flashes and feelings of depression.  So a combination of aerobic-type exercise along with resistance training as well as stretching all prove to be beneficial as women transition through their menopausal and post-menopausal phases of life.  It is always best to be guided by a professional, like a physical therapist whose training and expertise is in Women’s Health for best out-comes and avoidance of injury.