Prenatal and Postpartum Physical Therapy
Many women think the pain, pressure or discomfort they feel during pregnancy or after their baby arrives is normal and eventually goes away. That’s not always true.
Or, the only piece of advice given following childbirth is to “do your Kegels.” Not only is it important to know how to do the Kegels correctly, there’s so much more to women’s pelvic physical therapy.
Pelvic physical therapy after giving birth just makes sense. Giving birth is arguably the most strenuous athletic event of a woman’s life. Just like triathletes and marathon runners ice, stretch and rest their legs after a big race, new moms should also heal their strained muscles.
Common problems before and after childbirth:
- Back pain
- Pelvic pain
- Pain or discomfort during sex
- Post-baby belly pooch called diastasis recti
- Discomfort after C-section
- Urinary leakage or problems going to the bathroom
- Things feel “different” in the pelvic region
- Urge and stress urinary and fecal incontinence
- Pelvic pain (with intercourse, gynecological exams, inserting a tampon, etc.)
- Interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndrome)
What to Expect from Prenatal and Postpartum Physical Therapy
A pelvic physical therapist customizes a treatment plan to help your pelvic symptoms and issues. Our goal is to ensure your wellness and dignity.
Our therapists help take care of incontinence and pelvic pain by designing a program just for you. Treatment occurs in private rooms. Options may include:
- Education, the most important part of your treatment
- Pelvic floor biofeedback
- Manual techniques
- Exercise specifically designed for your condition
- Behavior modification to teach you to use pelvic floor contractions for control, manage your diet and improve your pelvic floor muscles for daily living
- Electrical stimulation to retrain the pelvic floor muscles
“I was barely able to move my neck and was unable to function at my job. I haven’t felt this good in years. The staff are amazing and the techs are a lot of fun to work with. I will miss my sessions, but I’m cured!”
“Starting with almost no movement and a lot of pain, OT has restored my strength and flexibility in my hand. The staff was empathetic, efficient and made a somewhat tedious task fun. I am very happy with the outcome and am able to do my daily activities with relative ease.”
“It was a very educational experience and helpful to my recovery. The staff are knowledgeable and know what to do. The homework stretches and exercises were helpful now and will be in the future.”
“I have been taken under the wings of a great team of people helping me with my lymphedema. I am extremely grateful for the assistance I received. This is an excellent place to get the proper care and attention needed to improve.”