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Women’s Health


Women’s Health is one specialty of physical therapy that focuses on health issues related specifically to the female population that can occur throughout a lifetime. This area of physical therapy has grown as the importance of fitness and wellness has increased awareness of women’s need to pay more attention to their bodies during work, recreation and throughout life. There is specialized training for physical therapists which enables them to evaluate and treat female clients with a variety of medical conditions. All treatments are individually designed after a thorough evaluation.


Tanya Cancade, MPT

Tanya Cancade graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND with a Master’s in Physical Therapy and an undergraduate degree in Rehabilitative Studies. She has worked most of her career in outpatient orthopedics but has always had an interest in women’s health. Tanya has training in women’s health issues from the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and has successfully completed all 3 levels of coursework making her eligible to sit for her specialization in Women’s Health. She has training from the Academy of Lymphatic Studies for the treatment of Lymphedema and additional training in pre/post partum conditions. She is certified in ASTYM, FMS (Functional Movement Screen), SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment), and IMT/TDN (Intramuscular Manual Therapy/Trigger Point Dry Needling).

In her spare time, Tanya enjoys spending time with her husband and their children. She enjoys riding bikes, working on scrapbooks for her children and attending sporting activities.

Common Problems We Treat


Condition in which bones become thin and brittle causing them to break more easily.

Treatment can include:

  • Instruction on proper body mechanics.
  • Posture and exercise.
  • Fitting of braces or orthotics.
  • Modalities such as electrical stimulation and moist heat.


Loss of bowel or bladder control resulting in involuntary loss of urine or stool. This affects both male and female clients. Pelvic floor muscle weakness may be the cause.

Treatment includes electrical stimulation, biofeedback and exercise.


Protein rich swelling of the arm or leg. It often occurs after mastectomy when lymph nodes are damaged or removed or following infection or scar formation, which blocks the lymphatic flow. It can occur at any time after an injury.

Treatment includes exercise, manual lymph drainage massage, compression wrapping/bandaging, and compression garments. Education is an important part of treatment as well.

Pre- and Postnatal Pains

Pain symptoms may or may not have been present prior to pregnancy but changes in posture, weight or hormonal factors can affect your body.

Common complaints include low back and mid back pain, pelvic pain, and pain in wrists/hands. Can be due to pelvic floor weakness or increased muscle tone.

Treatment includes posture and body mechanics education, manual therapy, strengthening and maternity supports.

Pelvic Pain

Can be due to pelvic floor weakness or increased muscle tone. Pelvic pain can also be caused by other related muscle, joint or nerve problems. You may have difficulty sitting, pain during intercourse, pain in hips or lower abdomen.

Treatment can include pelvic floor relaxation training, manual therapy, and biofeedback.


Chronic condition with persistent and widespread musculoskeletal pain along with specific tender points. Other symptoms may include generalized stiffness, fatigue, anxiety, and cognitive impairment.

Treatment focuses on pain reduction and increased function through stretching and strengthening exercises as well as modalities such as heat and cold, and posture and body mechanics education.

We Are Here to Help!

For more information on Women’s Health services, contact Mountain River Physical Therapy today.