Healthy Pregnancy and Postpartum
Physical Therapy intervention is appropriate during all phases of pregnancy. Specific treatment guidelines follow best clinical practices and are determined for each patient based on their specific needs including Prenatal, Postpartum, Vaginal delivery, and Post-partum Cesarean Section.
What to expect on your visit
Our goals as physical therapists are to:
- Educate expectant parents about the multiple system changes that are occurring during each phase of pregnancy in order to optimize function.
- Identify and address potential problems observed during examination.
- Offer instruction in safe exercise techniques and self management strategies.
- Promote maternal and fetal health and wellbeing during pregnancy and postpartum.
It is a normal process for the abdominal muscles to separate in pregnancy in order to make room for a growing fetus. In postpartum, this can present with abdominal laxity and low back pain. This can be addressed with physical therapy.
Low Back Protection
Improper lifting mechanics can wreak havoc on the body from the hips, knees, low back, and even wrists. Pelvic health therapists can train you to protect your body while you take care of your little ones.