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  • Physical Therapy Just for Women

    The power for healing is often found within, and that’s what the UP Health System - Portage Rehab team will work with you to find as part of our Women’s Health Physical Therapy Program.

    Physical therapy might be at the top of your mind after a broken leg or sore shoulder, but it’s also a powerful tool in women’s health, especially for those dealing with urinary incontinence, cervical or rectal prolapse, pelvic pain, lower-back pain or sexual dysfunction.

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    A specially trained UP Health System - Portage physical therapist will help patients strengthen the pelvic floor through a variety of exercises that go beyond the basic kegel exercises. These exercises are done at rehab appointments and also include specially instructed between-appointment at-home activities.

    Natural Approach

    For some women the idea of surgery or medications isn’t the most comforting thought. That’s why Portage Health is proud to offer this non-surgical, non-medication-based approach. Our women’s health physical therapy program combines advanced medical technology and exercise regimens to work with you privately and non-invasively to control your condition.

    Evidenced-Based Care

    The solutions UP Health System - Portage Rehab has for you are scientifically proven to have lasting and meaningful results. Research from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the American Physical Therapy Association and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases amongst many other groups has proven the value of physical therapy, and our specially trained staff is here for you, bringing this higher level of care to the Copper Country.
    - Learn more about the topic from the American Physical Therapy Association (link to the APTA section on Women's Health)
    - Information from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (PDF)

    Focused Treatment For

    Urinary Incontinence 

    Do you sometimes have a urine leak when you cough, laugh, exercise or sneeze? If so, you may have stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Stress urinary incontinence may occur when the structures that help hold urine in your bladder become weak. Scientific evidence has proven physical therapy is often the best remedy for SUI.

    Pelvic Organ Prolapse

    Do you have a feeling of pressure or fullness in your pelvis? Are you having problems with passing urine or bowel movements? It could be prolapse of a pelvic organ. Prolapse is when one or more of the organs inside the pelvis (found between the waist and thighs) slip from their normal positions. Modern physical therapy methodology may be the natural cure you’re looking for.

    Lower-Back Pain

    Suffering from regular lower-back pain can be a sign of a bigger problem. Many of these issues are especially common for women after childbirth, of older age or who are overweight.

    Pelvic Pain

    Any discomfort of the pelvic region is a red flag for potentially bigger issues, and something that should be looked into.

    Sexual Dysfunction

    Discomfort during intimacy could indicate a larger health setback. Our women’s health physical therapy team can help you work through many forms of discomfort.

    Contact Us

    Please contact the UP Health System - Portage Women’s Health Rehab Team by calling (906) 483-1888 or (906) 483-1750.

  • Physical Therapist, Stephanie Peterson, addresses women's health issues


500 Campus Drive
Hancock, MI 49930
(906) 483-1000


921 W. Sharon Avenue
Houghton, MI 49931
(906) 483-1777

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945 Ninth Street
Lake Linden, MI 49945
(906) 483-1030


751 S. Seventh Street
Ontonagon, MI 49953
(906) 884-4120


600 MacInnes Drive
Houghton, MI 49931
(906) 483-1860

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