The body physically changes during pregnancy: the pelvis widens, the belly protrudes, and the center of mass shifts forward. A mother’s sense of stability, center of balance, and overall movement mechanics all change. Hormonal changes contribute to increased ligamentous laxity, especially in the low back and pelvis, which can increase stress and pain in these regions. Postural changes can also contribute to pain in the hips, upper back, neck, and shoulders. Hormones can also trigger inflammatory changes leading to increased swelling, gestational diabetes or hypertension, and even carpal tunnel syndrome.
These factors are equally important AFTER birth. Typical postpartum care includes 1-2 follow-up visits with a healthcare provider, usually within the first six weeks postpartum. At that point, most moms receive clearance for a full return to “normal activity” and often have no idea where to begin!
Physical therapists can be an EXCELLENT resource during this “fourth trimester”, postpartum phase. We can address any lingering or new pains and injuries and provide education on self-care postpartum. We can also assess movement mechanics for basic childcare (lifting or carrying a baby, breastfeeding, etc.) and facilitate a safe return to one’s prior level of activity and exercise.
Pregnancy and postpartum physical therapy, including hands-on treatment like soft tissue and joint mobilization, can help minimize pain. Patient education and corrective exercises can assist with improved balance, posture, and ergonomics.
If you would like to be seen by one of our experienced physical therapists, please call, text, or email us to request an appointment in either Sherwood or Bethany to be seen in less than 48 hours!
What is our approach?
We perform a thorough musculoskeletal and functional movement assessment for pregnancy and postpartum physical therapy treatments. We also consider the unique context of the physical changes and new risk factors accompanying pregnancy and birth. Physical therapy can effectively address pain, movement dysfunction, and functional limitation from issues before pregnancy, body changes associated with pregnancy, and the often traumatic process of birth.
Abdominal Pain & Symptoms
Many expecting and new mothers experience pain and discomfort throughout the pregnancy and postpartum phases. While complaints like low back pain, neck and upper back pain, sciatica, and carpal tunnel syndrome are common, they are not NORMAL and should not be simply “waited out.” Pregnancy physical therapy is an excellent resource for managing the pain and changes associated with pregnancy.
percent of women report pelvic girdle and low back pain during pregnancy
minutes of exercise per week is strongly encouraged for pregnant and postpartum women
Pregnancy And Postpartum Issues We Treat
Almost everyone encounters pain at some point in their pregnancy and postpartum journey. Pain can include neck and upper back pain, low back pain, hip and pelvic pain.
Musculoskeletal Dysfunction is caused by fluctuating hormones in both pregnancy and postpartum may cause excessive joint motion and changes in posture. Muscles can become tight and fatigued, resulting in pain and difficulty with certain movements.
Carpal Tunnel is a very common pregnancy symptom. Due to the extra fluid in the body during pregnancy, there is additional pressure on the median nerve in your wrists. Exercises are designed to relieve pressure on the median nerve of your wrist. Splinting may be recommended too.
Sciatica refers to pain that is caused from the sciatic nerve in your lower back, hips, buttocks and down each leg to the feet. Pain can be from mild to a sharp or intense burning sensation from the lower back down the leg(s).
History of C-Section or Traumatic Birth
Recovering from a c-section can be a difficult and painful process. Physical therapy includes: pain management, lumbar strengthening and support, core muscle stability, and pelvis joint mobilization.
Difficulty with Basic Baby Care
Difficulty or discomfort with basic baby care includes: lifting, holding/carrying, breastfeeding, pushing a stroller, etc.
Limitation with Regular Daily Activity
Limitation, fear, or lack of confidence with regular activities, household chores, or work.
Limitation with Return to Exercise
Returning to regular exercise after pregnancy can be a difficult but necessary task. We will help you correctly get back to exercising safely and with the confidence you need!
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Learn More about Pregnancy and Postpartum
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