One of the first Boston-area physical therapists to embrace women’s health physical therapy, I’ve brought hope and healing to thousands of women since 1993.

Raquel K. Perlis, B.S., P.T.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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My patients suffer from pain and limitation that’s intensely personal: hard to talk about, harder to live with. They often feel alone and overwhelmed, unsure where to turn.

My staff and I offer unique expertise in pelvic floor physical therapy, combined with understanding, encouragement, and compassion. We create a safe space for women, putting them at ease and leading them from despair to recovery. 

After a course of treatment, the majority of our patients feel significantly or completely better.

We’re proud of our many success stories—and we’re honored that gynecologists, urologists, urogynecologists, fertility specialists, gastroenterologists, primary care doctors, and sex therapists throughout Massachusetts and New England refer patients to our practice. 

Conditions We Treat

Painful intercourse and vaginal pain 

These issues can be devastating blows to a woman’s sex life and self-esteem. Many women don’t seek help or can’t find the right help, so they suffer in silence. The good news is that after a course of pelvic floor physical therapy, the majority of women can start to enjoy pain-free, pleasurable sex—some, for the very first time.

Incontinence, overactive bladder, pelvic organ prolapse, and constipation

These issues can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, and can disrupt daily life. Too often, women assume they “just have to live with” these conditions. Fortunately, after completing pelvic floor physical therapy, most women can return to a normal, comfortable life—free of leakage, bathroom emergencies, and distress

Pain and incontinence during pregnancy and after childbirth

These issues can often go unaddressed during this exciting, exhausting time. Pregnant women and new mothers may not seek help for their vaginal pain, pubic pain, joint pain, or urine leakage. But after pelvic floor physical therapy, most moms and moms-to-be are much better—even back to normal.

 

Back and hip problems that can make sex hurt

These issues can be debilitating in their own right, can trigger a musculoskeletal chain reaction ending in pelvic pain and painful sex. Fortunately, pelvic floor physical therapy can unwind this twisted chain of pain, restoring ease of movement and sexual pleasure.

Diastasis recti (gap in the abdominal muscles)

This can afflict many new moms—but is diagnosed by too few doctors. It can cause “baby pooch,” pain, and bladder and bowel problems. Standard core exercises can actually make matters worse. But physical therapy can close the gap and make all the difference.

What is pelvic floor physical therapy?

These issues are more common than you may think. They’re also more treatable. You don’t need to “just live with” these distressing conditions, and in most cases you don’t need surgery. Pelvic floor physical therapy may be just what the doctor ordered.

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Painting by Atara Schimel

Painting by Atara Schimel

“By my 10th session I was having pleasurable, pain free sex with my husband. Raquel has opened so many doors in my life I assumed would always be closed. She helped change my life forever. My husband and I are so thankful for this new found connection between us and will always have Raquel to thank.”

— Brittaney, 23 years old