Laura Bunso Bittencourt opened Smart Body Physical Therapy in 2004 to help men, women and children have a better quality of life. She specializes in treatments for women and her philosophy is that the body is a self-healing machine. She and her team are simply there to facilitate the repairs, Bittencourt said.
“I love the concept that everything in your body has the power to heal. It’s very western medicine,” Bittencourt said. “We are using exercise and manual therapy to be able to direct the body to heal itself.”
Bittencourt specializes in treating the pelvic region and routinely sees patients for urinary leakage. It’s more common for her women, she said.
“We have a lot more opportunity for trauma,” Bittencourt said, citing reasons such as procedures, degeneration of tissues and childbirth. According to the National Association for Continence, one in four women over the age of 18 experience episodes of leaking urine involuntarily.
“Most of them think that it is normal,” Bittencourt said. “We say here, ‘don’t confuse common with normal.’ As a culture, women just accept a lot of things.”
Many of her female patients are embarrassed to admit they have difficulty with involuntary urine, but instead suffer in silence, Bittencourt said. Quality of life activities such as jumping on a trampoline with their kids can seem daunting.
Physical therapy can help reduce or end urinary leakage, but the first step is seeking help, Bittencourt said.
Staff at the clinic also offer education classes to the public. Their next class is, “Pain in the Pelvis – Solving Chronic Pelvic Pain” on Oct. 11 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The hosts are Dr. Missy Caywood and Dr. Justin Spooner of Beaches Laser Spine and Pain.
For more information, visit SmartBodyPT.com.