Women’s Health

At Active Physical Therapy, we believe in prenatal, postpartum and menopausal health for a women and unfortunately see that common issues (ie. incontinence, painful intercourse) are often overlooked or considered “normal.”  Whatever stage of life you are in as a women, once you’ve had a baby you are considered postpartum and we want to help you get back to YOUR normal! Haven’t had a baby? Pelvic pain can be associated with so many other things in a women’s life, and we want to hear your story so we can help you get back to living life without pain.

The #1 reason women don’t seek physical therapy for pregnancy and postpartum pain is because they don’t know they can or their OBGYN/midwife doesn’t know either. Unfortunately, a common misconception is that pain during pregnancy will go away on its own once the baby is born. Recent research from The International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology shows that 80% of women who have pain or urinary incontinence that hasn’t resolved within 3 months postpartum, will continue to have chronic pain for years.

Are you suffering from any of these?

  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Pubic bone pain (pubic symphysis dysfunction)
  • Prenatal and postpartum back pain and sciatica
  • Pelvic organ prolaspe
  • Vaginismus
  • Incontinence (urge and stress)
  • Diastasis Recti
  • Painful intercouse (dyspareunia)

At Active Physical Therapy we help women find the root cause of their pain and not just treat the symptoms. We spend time building the brain body connection before we start to strengthen the muscle potentially causing the dysfunction.

“We can’t strengthen a muscle if we don’t know where it is.”

Ultimately we want to give you the TOOLS to manage your pain effectively and efficiently to get back to living your ideal life by creating a unique comprehensive treatment plan for you.

Want to know if our Pelvic Floor and Women’s Health Physical Therapy can help you? Click here to contact us and we will get to you right away!

4th Trimester Workshop!


*DATES: Saturday March 16th, March 30th, April 13th, April 27th

*TIMES: 10:00am-11:30am


Price $125 for you and your baby including: 4 – hour and a half group sessions with Missy and Maria with all material provided

Sign Up Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-trimester-workshop-tickets-54985009644

This Workshop was created by a Orthopedic Physical Therapist and a Pediatric Occupational Therapist focusing on 4th trimester care for mom, essential baby development and creating the best bond as a new mother. Our hope is to give new moms the tools they need in the first 6 months to feel confident in their postpartum journey physically as well as mentally and emotionally to create the best total postpartum bond with your baby!

In this 4 session course, you will learn the essentials of postpartum health and common 4th trimester issues (pelvic pain, incontinence, diastasis recti, prolapse) as well as integrating essential activities baby needs to engage in appropriate play, social interaction, and to promote development.

This group is meant to empower new moms and bridge the gap in 4th trimester care for both mom and baby. Being a new mom can be confusing and overwhelming because there is SO much misinformation out there.

Come spend time with a Licensed PT and OT that have research based and clinical based knowledge to help you survive motherhood and feel competent AND confident!

Dr. Missy Gallow is an orthopedic physical therapist with a focus on prenatal and postpartum health. She has been practicing for 7 years after graduating from the Univeristy of Dayton and currently works at Active Physical Therapy. After having twins herself and dealing with a number of pregnancy and postpartum pelvic concerns she decided to focus her continuing education on providing women the tools they need to regain a connection with their body and prevent injuries as they return to fitness or as they navigate day to day tasks throughout motherhood.

Dr. Maria Baldino is a pediatric occupational therapist who has experience working in hospital based pediatrics, outpatient private practice, and early intervention. She recently completed a pediatric fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and her post professional doctorate in occupational therapy. After continuing to see a desire to learn and know more about their child’s development and ways to support it in her friends who are new parents, or families that she works with, she has committed herself to developing ways to increase the competence and confidence of parents to ultimately empower them. Maria currently teaches occupational therapy students at The Ohio State University and practices at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

You will receive:

1. PDF ultimate guide to 4th Trimester Care

2. Infant massage booklet

3. Continued support and guidance from each Therapist via email and private facebook group

4. Access to Pediatric Nutrition Course for $5 by Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP, pediatric feeding expert and author. This course is co-taught by a registered dietitian and containers two hours of online instruction.

Below is an outline of the Workshop

**Each week we will end the session with Baby Massage techniques by our OT who is a certified infant massage instructor

Week 1: The Essentials for Mom and Baby in the first 6 months

March 16, 2019

Where do I start?

When can I exercise?

What exercises are safe?

What are common feelings and experiences after birth? What can I expect from by body in the 4th trimester?

My OB cleared me for exercise, what does that mean?

How can I interact with my baby to encourage proper development?

My baby is getting a flat head, what do I do?

How do we prevent torticollis and plagiocephaly (flat head)?

Week 2: Feeding and Positioning

March 30, 2019

Is your back aching from all the breast and bottle feeding?

How do I transition to solid foods safely?

What is baby led weaning? How do we do this safely? Is there a difference between homemade baby foods and store bought?

Does your baby have reflux or gas?

Mom and baby feeding positions: Bottle and Breast (no worries if you are not comfortable breastfeeding in a group, we can work just on positions)

Seated positions for baby for solid foods (Seating provided)

Week 3. PLAY

April 13, 2019

How to avoid low back pain when picking up baby

How to carry baby without hurting yourself

How to transfer and carry car seats to avoid injury for Mom

Transfers of baby and equipment (car seat)

What does social play look like with my baby?

What does play look like in young infants?

What is “Container baby syndrome”?


April 27, 2019

How to get a 30 minute workout in with baby!

This session we will develop and show you clever ways to interact with your baby while getting in a solid and SAFE postpartum workout. This session will be individualized for each mom and baby group depending on age and level of fitness!

Sign Up Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-trimester-workshop-tickets-54985009644