Expecting a Baby? Physical Therapy Can Ease Pregnancy concerns and aide Recovery
Pregnancy is a very exciting time for many individuals. The body goes through so many changes as it grows a new little human. Sometimes these changes include postural adjustments, increased load on the pelvic floor, and stretching of the ligaments.
At times, these changes that your body goes through can cause back pain and pelvic floor issues, as well as muscle weakness that can lead to urinary incontinence and difficulty activating core muscles.
Pregnancy is a natural part of life, and with pre and post-natal therapy, it should be enjoyable.
Our goal here at our Rocky Hill, CT clinic is to prepare your body for the journey ahead, so you can focus on getting ready to greet your new little one into this world.
If you are expecting or recently gave birth, don’t hesitate to contact Physical Therapy Center of Rocky Hill today! We’ll help make your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum recovery as easy for you as possible.
Are you experiencing these symptoms?
Physical Therapy Center of Rocky Hill can help patients deal with pre and postnatal issues as their bodies experience the effects of pregnancy and childbirth. Some of the most common symptoms are:
- Urinary or fecal incontinence
- Pain during sex
- Inability to fully empty the bladder
- Urinary urgency and frequency
- Prolapse, or the sensation that the organs are “dropping”
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, know that there is help available to you to ease your discomfort and prevent it from coming back in the future.
By including physical therapy in your prenatal and postnatal care, you can be better prepared for one of the biggest challenges in your life: birthing and caring for a baby.
Issues Related to Pregnancy
Sacroiliac Joint Pain
The sacroiliac (or SI) joints are located at the back of the pelvis where the pelvic and lower spine bones come together. They are held together by the shape of these bones and many strong ligaments. During pregnancy, hormonal changes can make the ligaments looser. With the added weight of a growing baby, the SI joint may be less stable and activities like getting up from the floor and out of bed become painful. Physical therapy teaches patients how to create stability without relying solely on the ligaments so they can move with less pain.
Pubic Symphysis Pain
The pubic symphysis is the joint in the front of the pelvis where the right and left sides meet. Much like the sacroiliac joint, the ligaments around the pubic symphysis are also looser due to hormonal changes. Pubic symphysis pain often occurs in the second half of pregnancy, with activities such as putting on pants and stepping into the tub. While this pain typically goes away after delivery, lingering pubic symphysis pain can occur postpartum after a traumatic birth or birth injury. In both cases, physical therapy teaches the patient how to stabilize through the pelvis for reduced pain with self care, walking, and other daily activities.
Diastasis recti is the medical term for an abdominal muscle separation. There is connective tissue that runs vertically down the middle of the abdomen and it can be significantly separated with pregnancy. Patients often notice this is an issue they see “doming” or “tenting” of the middle abdomen with activities such as sitting up from laying down. While there may have been some normal separation pre-pregnancy, physical therapy postpartum helps the patient return to correct abdominal muscle function. This involves using the deep core and pelvic floor muscles in conjunction with breathing.
Ultrasound for Clogged Milk Ducts
There is evidence to show that along with other treatments such as heat, massage, and dangle nursing, ultrasound therapy can help eliminate painful clogged ducts during lactation. As this is often a treatment needed immediately to prevent more pain from a clog, we offer 30 – minute self-pay sessions for ultrasound therapy to the breast.
How physical therapy can help with scarring
Pregnancy can result in scarring due to C-sections or tears and episiotomies. These can cause restrictions in the myofascial system of the body. This can result in a reduced range of motion or painful sensations as you try to move. Our Rocky Hill, CT physical therapy practice uses specific myofascial and scar-release techniques to eliminate these restrictions and prevent your myofascial system from being further compromised.
Our therapists use the latest evidence-based clinical knowledge in the field to identify and treat this condition, even before your delivery. We conduct our treatment plans with compassion, care, and respect. You can rest assured that no matter what part of your pregnancy you’re currently in, we’ll take care of you and do our best to ensure the highest possible outcome with your recovery!
Pregnancy is hard enough – let us take care of you.
Bringing a new life into the world should be an exciting and happy time for you and your family. If you’re experiencing pre or postnatal concerns , look no further for a solution. Call us at (860) 513-1431 or click here to request an appointment, and we’ll create a plan to help you with your pregnancy!