Work Toward Your Body Type Goals Without Medicine or Surgery
Physical therapy is an effective, nonsurgical way to help you reshape your body whether you are considering gender-affirming treatment or are already receiving treatment. We work with teens and adults who want to make physical changes to their bodies. With our supervision and guidance, you can embark on a regular fitness routine that will improve your health and overall wellness.
Safe, Healthy Way to Cope with Body Dysmorphia, Gender Dysphoria
Exercise provides many important health benefits that can help you feel better physically and mentally. This is especially important when body dysmorphia and/or gender dysphoria affect your mental health.
How We Evaluate Your Needs
Our physical therapists start by conducting an interview, reviewing your medical history, and learning about your plans for gender-affirming treatment so we can understand your goals. We perform a range of tests to assess your strength, range of motion, balance, and cardiovascular endurance.
How We Can Help
Your tailored exercise program may include a combination of strength training, mobility exercises, balance activities, and aerobic exercise. We also offer information and education on how to safely:
- Lose weight. Being overweight can be a side effect of hormone therapy and a barrier to surgery.
- Bind your chest. Extensive and intense chest binding to flatten chest tissue can impact your rib cage and breathing mechanics.
- Pack or tuck genitals. Doing so incorrectly can damage the urethra and affect your ability to urinate.
- Rehabilitate your pelvic floor. Gender-affirming “bottom” surgery can impact your pelvic region. We can address pain during physical intimacy and urinary and bowel dysfunction.