"Women's Health" is the next topic in the Waveny Care Center and Norwalk Hospital lecture series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, at The Village at Waveny Care Center, 3 Farm Road, New Canaan.

The featured speaker is Adina Leifer, of the Pelvic Health Center at Norwalk Hospital, who will focus on pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, a common women's health issue, but not unique to women. Pelvic floor muscles are responsible for bowel and bladder control, but when these muscles malfunction, they can cause pain and dysfunction of the bladder and bowel.

"People can benefit from physical therapy as part of a multi-disciplinary medical approach of treatment to minimize or resolve these debilitating symptoms completely," said Leifer.

Leifer received degrees from Yeshiva University and Touro College. She received her pelvic floor therapy education through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.

She has worked with patients from orthopedic, neurologic and pediatric populations. She has lectured concerning current practices in both pediatric and adult orthopedic and pelvic floor physical therapy. She has training in orthopedics, manual therapy, women's health and pelvic floor dysfunction. She is a member of the section of women's health of the American Physical Therapy Association and the International Pelvic Pain Society.

Norwalk Hospital has recently opened a Pelvic Health Center specializing in the treatment of pelvic disorders such as urinary incontinence, endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse, pre-and post-partum muscular dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, fibroids, fecal incontinence and bowel control problems.

For information or reservations, call 203-594-5420.

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