Women’s Health

Gentle Approach

Cindi creates a very comfortable environment for women.  She is friendly, knowledgeable and very sensitive to the nature of your situation and realizes that every woman is unique.  Cindi will evaluate your personal condition and provide you with education and strategies that you can start working on starting on day one. Learn more about Cindi here.

Cindi Porter, PT, OCS Willem Verweij & Associates Physical Therapy

Cindi Porter, PT, OCS, Physical Therapist/Clinical Director

Cindi earned her Physical Therapy degree from Northeastern University in 1996. And her Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) in 2001.
She joined our team in 2018 and brought with her a passion for her work and her commitment to each patient’s progress.
When asked to describe herself in one word she’ll answer “thorough.” Her patients and we know she is that and much more. We know her as upbeat, positive, extremely knowledgeable, fun loving, caring, and effective.

She has a passion for hands on treatment and helping you get quick results. She is especially educated in the McKenzie Method, a method that provides fast and lasting relief of mechanical spine and joint pains and teaches you how to manage pain on your own.

She finds helping women with incontinence and pelvic pain particularly gratifying. As she says: “When women are afflicted with incontinence of pelvic pain, their quality of life is affected deeply. Most of us don’t speak of it, nor do we know that there is help and that it can be treated without surgery.” The treatment is very private in a very comfortable atmosphere.

What she loves most about working at Willem Verweij & Associates Physical Therapy is the ability to “give each patient 100% attention.”

Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is not a “normal” occurrence. It should completely resolve after childbirth and it’s not a normal problem of old age. Over 20 million women in the US have reported to suffer with urinary incontinence. It is estimated that another 10% never even report it. Once the cause is identified and properly treated by your physician and physical therapist 50% can be cured, 35% can experience significant improvement, and 15% made more comfortable.

Common treatments include:
  • Evaluation of a bladder diary
  • Orthopedic screen for musculoskeletal involvement
  • Pelvic floor muscle assessment of strength and function
  • Biofeedback assessment for reeducation of pelvic muscles
  • Bladder habit retraining
  • Individualized exercise program for your pelvic floor and other postural dysfunctions

Pelvic Pain

Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) is defined as any pelvic pain that continues for more than six months. CPP originates in the lower abdomen and pelvis, but it may extend downward to involve the lower legs or upward to the chest area. Pain can be intermittent or continual in duration.

Common symptoms include:
  • Low back pain/abdominal pain
  • Heavy feeling in the pelvic region
  • Radiating leg pain
  • Pain with urination and/or bowel movements
  • Bowel complaints such as constipation or diarrhea
  • Painful intercourse causing decreased sexual activity
Symptoms are frequently due to spasms and trigger points found throughout the pelvic region. Treatment of CPP or vulvodynia is very specialized. It includes:
  • Skilled manual therapy to the pelvic floor muscles as well as the fascial system of the entire body
  • Biofeedback from the pelvic floor and surrounding muscles
  • Education for long term self management of symptoms

Pregnancy and postpartum

Women in the perinatal period often experience musculoskeletal pain.

The following lists the most common diagnoses:
  • Low Back Pain
  • TMJ (jaw) Pain
  • Rib Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Headaches
  • Sacral Pain
  • Groin/Pubic Pain
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Neck Pain

These diagnoses can affect your daily function and sleep habits and, sometimes, get worse as your pregnancy progresses making each day tougher to get trough.

The gentle manual therapy that our women’s health specialists provide in conjunction with individualized stretching and postural re-education have proven to provide significant relief during your last months of pregnancy and to get you back on your feet more quickly postpartum. The earlier your troubles are addressed, the easier they will be to correct!