Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical and Occupational Therapy
Pregnancy is a time filled with joy, excitement and anticipation but it is also a time of great physical change. This includes hormonal and postural changes as well as weight gain. These changes can cause discomfort at minimum, but sometimes can lead to out-right pain, injury or weakness. Understanding the musculoskeletal accommodations your body will experience can allow you to embrace the changes and also to understand when Pregnancy & Postpartum Therapy Services would be beneficial.
- Birthing Injuries
During pregnancy, the release of hormones causes laxity in the ligaments which allows the normally stable bones of the pelvis to expand during the birthing process. As a result, some women may experience symphysis pubic dysfunction, inflammation or instability of the sacroiliac joint and sciatica.
Weight gain puts stress on the spine, lower extremities and muscles of the abdominal wall and pelvic floor. This can cause separation of joints or muscles, nerve compressing and circulation problems leading to back or pelvic pain, diastasis recti and edema.
Growing bellies cause postural changes as well. As this occurs, our center of gravity shifts forward and puts extra strain on the joints and muscles of the ankles, feet, knees, hips, lower and upper back, and neck causing pain, tension and spasms.
If you experience any of these symptoms or conditions, it's important to seek therapy sooner rather than later. Early intervention can prevent small problems from turning into long-term issues. For more information about our therapy services, READ BELOW.
During labor, the focus shifts to the pelvic floor. These are the muscles that will endure the greatest stress and potential trauma during the birthing process. Understanding how these muscles work and being able to voluntarily contract and relax this muscle group during delivery can help women experience greater comfort, minimize pain and maximize recovery.
To help you prepare for childbirth, we have developed the Balanced Bellies Prenatal Wellness Program. This comprehensive program includes bodywork to help you acquiesce to the physical changes of pregnancy and includes extensive education and support to ease labor and speed recover. Learn More Here. . .
Following delivery, implementing effective healing strategies is essential to ensure a full and complication-free recovery. Learning how to correctly identify and contract the pelvic floor muscles prior to or soon after delivery can have positive effects in the early stages of healing, especially if you've experienced a perineal tear or episiotomy. Early contraction of the pelvic floor relieves congestion and swelling; and more importantly, can reduce the risk of incontinence and prolapse for years to come.
Our Renew & Restore Postpartum Program was designed to help new mothers experience a fast and problem-free recovery. It includes bodywork to promote circulation and healing of the soft tissues, instruction in pelvic floor exercises and extensive education on proper care of incision sites to prevent complications. Learn More Here. . .
Unfortunately, even the most prepared mother can experience a difficult delivery which can lead to birthing injuries. And even the smallest of traumas can result in ongoing pain long after the expected recovery time.
According to a recent study, as many as 77% of women have residual back or pelvic pain a year after giving birth, 49% continued to experience urinary incontinence and 24% reported painful intercourse. Fortunately, there are solutions, even when your doctor or other health care professionals can't find anything "wrong".
Seeking immediate treatment from a highly skilled therapist specializing in Women's Health is the next essential step to regain your health and vitality. LEARN MORE about our postpartum therapy care by reading below.
Benefits of Pregnancy & Postpartum Therapy
- Get relief from neck, back or pelvic pain
- Repair diastasis recti
- Fix sacroiliac joint or symphysis pubic dysfunction
- Sit for extended periods of time without pain
- Control swelling or edema
- Get relief from lower extremity pain
- Develop physiological awareness and control of the pelvic floor
- Stop incontinence and prevent prolapse
- Heal scar tissue and scar pain
- Enjoy pain free intercourse
- Improve core strength
- Learn life long strategies to maintain your results
Pregnancy & Postpartum Conditions We Help You Overcome
- Diastasis Recti
- Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction
- Sacroilliac Dysfunction Or Sciatica
- Low Back Pain
- Round Ligament Pain
- Hip Or Undefined Pelvic Pain
- Painful Scars From C-Section
- Painful Scars From Perineal Tears Or Episiotomy
- Pudendal Neuralgia Or Nerve Entrapment
- Prolapse (Rectocele, Cystocele, Uterine)
- Dyspareunia (Painful intercourse)
Treatments for Pregnancy & Postpartum Conditions
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