Northern Maine Medical Center now offering women’s pelvic health therapy

Community Author: Joanne Fortin
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Northern Maine Medical Center | Contributed
Northern Maine Medical Center | Contributed

FORT KENT — Michelle Plourde, MPT and supervisor of Northern Maine Medical Center’s Therapy Department, announced the addition of a treatment option to support women’s pelvic health using physical therapy. Robyn Violette, DPT at the hospital, has completed advanced training in a treatment modality to help women suffering from conditions associated with pelvic musculature and pelvic organs.

Violette is a 2017 graduate of Husson University where she earned a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. She has been employed at the hospital since 2017. In March of this year, she attended a course on women’s health sponsored by the American Physical Association in Bolingbrook, Illinois. The association is an individual membership professional organization representing more than 100,000 member physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students of physical therapy. The three day course is the first of three levels of training in the treatment of women’s pelvic health offered by the association.

“The advanced training allows Robyn to work with women who are dealing with urinary incontinence, urgency and frequency of urination, a service which is currently not offered in many locations throughout Aroostook County,” said Supervisor Plourde.

Other conditions Violette will be treating are pelvic prolapse and associated pain.

Pelvic floor physical therapy involves the pelvic floor muscle group, which is responsible for a variety of functions. These muscles support the pelvic organs and assist in bowel and bladder control. Women’s health physical therapists evaluate and treat the musculoskeletal disorders that may occur in women throughout their lifespan, with specialized understanding of the physiological differences and the impact of hormones on their condition and recovery. Pelvic floor physical therapists might use several techniques such as: education, pelvic floor exercises and manual therapy.

Referrals are currently being accepted for anticipated launch of the new outpatient service in September of this year. Patients may access the service through a referral from their primary care provider.

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