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 Pelvic Floor Therapist 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)
Specialized Treatments for Pregnancy & Postpartum Conditions
Biofeedback technology is an essential tool in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction. Often times, women are unable to sense the proper movement of this intricate group of muscles. By displaying a visual image of muscle activity on a computer screen, you can develop physiological awareness and voluntary control over the muscles. Once you can see and feel the correct way to contract and relax the muscles you will have the confidence to continue your exercises at home. Read more. . . .
Cold Laser or Low Level Laser (LLLT) is an FDA approved and scientifically proven modality in the non-surgical treatment of muscle and joint pain and recovery from injury. This device is a "bio-stimulator" that helps your body heal itself by increasing circulation, reducing inflammation, facilitating collagen production and stimulating cellular activity. This device is so powerful it has been endorsed by the New England Patriots and US Olympic Committee. Read more. . .
Myofascial Release is an advanced manual therapy technique that involves applying gentle, sustained pressure and postural holds to soften and elongate the intricate and expansive connective tissue of the internal body - called fascia. Fascia restrictions develop in response to injury, infection, surgical incisions and normal everyday activities. These restrictions create adhesions that bind adjacent tissues, (muscle, skin, nerves, vessels and organs) and lead to loss of movement and pain. Fascia has been identified as the missing link in the understanding and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. Read more. . .
MFM is a unique program that harnesses the physical and mental energy of martial arts and yoga in one purposefully guided movement program that is functional, fun and easily implemented at home. These carefully selected exercises and poses increase strength, improve flexibility, build stamina and boost confidence. Read more. . . .
BIO Q PULSE
The Bio Q Pulse is an FDA approved electromagnetic therapy device that helps to restore tissue health by inducing electrical changes in the cells of the body. Extensive research has found that tissues like blood, muscles, ligaments, bone and cartilage respond to biophysical input. This revolutionary tool helps to promote circulation, stimulate cell rejuvenation, promote relaxation, and facilitate healing of damaged, stressed, or weak muscles and surrounding soft tissues. Read more. . . .
Herbal medicine has recorded roots dating back 6,000 years in Asian cultures and is still widely practiced across the world today. To facilitate natural healing and pain relief and help mother's avoid medication, we often use and recommend dōTERRA Essential Oils. Our Resident Wellness Advocate has extensive knowledge in safe applications during pregnancy and while nursing. Free consultations are available so you can expand your knowledge and develop your own practice for ongoing health and healing. Read more. . .
Frequently Asked Questions
How quickly will I see results?
The treatment protocol ranges from 6-12 visits. Most people are able to implement strategies and have noticeable improvement on their very first visit and will achieve successful remediation of their symptoms within 8 sessions. Every program includes extensive education and an individualized home program to help you maintain your results.
What if I've had surgery or other treatment?
Even if you've tried other interventions without success, this program can work for you. We specialize in complex conditions and we treat the whole person, not just one organ or body part. This comprehensive and holistic approach allows us to succeed when other treatments have failed.
How much does it cost?
Occupational and physical therapy services are covered by most insurance plans. But in the case that you don't have insurance or we don't have a direct relationship with your provider, sessions cost $40-90 depending on the complexity of your condition. We have payment plans and interest-free finance options to make treatment affordable. We don't let cost get in the way of your health and healing.
What if it doesn't work for me?
We offer a 100% money back* guarantee. If you are not experiencing results or not completely satisfied with your care, we will refund your money, no questions asked.
*Accept in the instance of insurance reimbursement; strict insurance laws do not allow refunds for services rendered
How do I get started?
Click Here - to request an appointment online; use the jivochat box below to reach a support coordinator; or call the office @ 623-777-3113 and our friendly receptionist will help you get started.
What if I am still unsure this is right for me?
Because we want everyone to feel comfortable seeking care, we offer a FREE 20 Minute Consultation with a licensed therapist. Learn more. . .