Monday, September 23, 2013

Fauquier Health Offers Free Classes on Women’s Health Issues


Kristen Pierce, physical therapist

Fauquier Health will offer two presentations in October that focus on women’s health. On October 2, physical therapist Kristen Pierce will speak on Conquering Urinary Frequency and Urgency. On October 16, she will discuss the benefits of physical therapy for breast cancer patients. Both lectures will be held at 7 p.m. in the Sycamore Room at Fauquier Hospital in Northern Virginia.

Although no one likes to talk about urinary incontinence, anyone who is a sufferer knows it can be difficult. Fortunately, it can often be treated with conservative measures. Physical therapy may include: education on food and drinks that may irritate the bladder; exercises to strengthen the pelvic muscles; ways to decrease urinary urge and frequency, as well as biofeedback.

Among the many physical and emotional traumas of breast cancer, upper extremity pain and stiffness are common following surgery. Women who have had breast cancer surgery may experience ongoing problems with shoulder and/or arm function, chest wall pain and weakness -- making everyday activities like driving, dressing, washing hair and sleeping difficult. Physical therapists with specialized training in breast cancer rehabilitation can address these musculoskeletal problems and help breast cancer survivors achieve a pain-free and fully functional lifestyle.

Registration for both presentations is required at 540-316-3588.

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