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Pregnancy & Postpartum

Pregnancy changes your body in more ways than you can imagine. Evolve Physical Therapy specializes in pregnancy and postpartum treatment that alleviate pain and the additional stresses of your changing body.

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We Are Pregnancy Physical Therapy & Postpartum Treatment Specialists

What is our approach?

For pregnancy physical therapy and postpartum treatments, we perform a thorough musculoskeletal and functional movement assessment. We also consider the unique context of the physical changes and new risk factors that accompany pregnancy and birth. Physical therapy can effectively address pain, movement dysfunction, and functional limitation from issues prior to pregnancy, body changes associated with pregnancy, and the often traumatic process of birth.

The focus is on patient education and empowerment. Our goal is to provide tools and strategies to minimize pain and optimize function. We want to keep you involved in YOUR desired activities.

Physical therapy during your pregnancy can also address pregnancy-specific issues including diastasis rectus (abdominal separation) and pelvic pain.

Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy

 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 as well. Hormones can also trigger inflammatory changes leading to increased swelling, gestational diabetes or hypertension, and even carpal tunnel syndrome.

Pregnancy 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.

These factors are equally important AFTER birth. Typical postpartum care includes 1-2 follow up visits with a healthcare provider, usually within the first 6 weeks postpartum. At that point, most moms receive clearance for a full return to “normal activity” and they often have no idea where to begin! Physical therapists can be an EXCELLENT resource during this “fourth trimester”. 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 baby, breastfeeding, etc.) and facilitate a safe return to prior level of activity and exercise.

Why we are different

You will always receive the highest quality of care by working with an experienced, licensed physical therapist. No techs. No aides. No assistants. No double booking.

Our physical therapy goal is to provide the best help that we can to ensure you have a healthy, more pain-free life! We do not have aids and assistants because we want all of our patients to get the right care and treatment plan from our most qualified physical therapists. We cut out the middle man to give you the most effective treatment. 

Abnormal Pain & Symptoms

Many expecting and new mothers experience pain and discomfort throughout the pregnancy and postpartum period. While complaints like low back pain, neck and upper back pain, sciatica, and even 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.

Did you know?

Up to 50% of women report pelvic girdle and low back pain during pregnancy, but many don’t receive any form of treatment.

Pregnant and postpartum women are encouraged to participate in 150 min/week of moderate-intensity exercise (if no contraindications exist in the individual).

Abdominal separation, or diastasis rectus, can be treated and improved, even years after pregnancy, without surgical interventions.

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We can help you if you’re experiencing…

Nerve Injuries

Exercise Limitations

Back Pain

Baby Care Limitations

Birthing Injury

Pregnancy Physical Therapy & Postpartum Treatment 

We treat an array of pregnancy and postpartum injuries at Evolve and here are some of the most common:

Pain

Pain is something almost everyone encounters at some point in their pregnancy journey. Pain can include neck and upper back pain, low back pain, hip and pelvic pain.

Musculoskeletal Dysfunction

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

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 as well.

Sciatica

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 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!

Request an Appointment Or Send a Message

Send us a message, ask us a question or book an appointment! We are here to answer any questions you have regarding you appointments, treatment, or pregnancy or postpardum physical therapy.