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