Physical Therapy for Women

Meet two Memorial physical therapists focused on women's health.

Meet Debi Schneider, Physical Therapist.

I'm a physical therapist with Memorial Hospital, and I've been doing women's health issues for over 20 years. I'm a certified manual lymphatic drainage therapist, and I've been trained in various classes related to pelvic health. 

Meet Kelley McClinton, Physical Therapist.

I'm a physical therapist, and I've been working at Memorial for 25 years and a therapist for 30 years. I concentrate mainly on pelvic floor dysfunction as well as lymphedema.

What are some of the women's health issues you treat?

With women's health issues as they relate to physical therapy, we are experts on exercise. If someone has had any issues with breast health, generally we want to focus on what the muscular issues are, what the postural issues are, and what the body mechanics are. With incontinence, we're also focusing on the muscular aspect more so than other things that the doctors might focus on, including what can we do exercise wise to get rid of pain, what can we do to decrease the incidence of incontinence, and what can we do to improve sexual health.

How can you improve women's day-to-day lives?

Whether it's breast health or pelvic floor health, we're dealing with the muscular aspect and returning people back to their normal activities that maybe they could not do. We have a lady coming in now who can no longer fish because of her breast surgery, and she wants to go fishing. She doesn't have the ability to do that so we're dealing with the muscular aspect of those different areas of the body. There are a lot of people who change their habits throughout the day because of urinary incontinence. They don't go out to dinner because they don't know where every bathroom is. If they go to the mall, they know where every bathroom is, and it is life altering. Some people think it's part of aging, but it isn't a part of aging if you know what you're supposed to do with your muscles. We need to teach these people early on how to do exercise their muscles correctly. Most studies show that about 60-75% of people who do exercises are doing them incorrectly, which further damages the muscles that we're trying to strengthen.

Why do you do what you do?

It's so gratifying to make a huge change in somebody's life in a very short period of time. They're so grateful and gracious. The breast cancer patients have such a new outlook on life that we learn from them daily. The incontinence patients are suffering from being unable to get back to regular activities. To return them back to greater levels of doing things they want to do is just very, very rewarding. They love us, and we love them.