Pre and Postpartum Physical Therapy: Comprehensive Care for Moms

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Pregnancy and childbirth are transformative experiences, but they can also bring about physical challenges for many women. From the strain on the lower back to pelvic floor dysfunction, the journey of motherhood often involves managing various discomforts and issues. Pre and postpartum physical therapy offers targeted interventions to alleviate pain, promote recovery, and enhance overall well-being for mothers. Let’s explore some key points about pre and postpartum physical therapy:

Incidence of Pain During Pregnancy/Postpartum: During pregnancy and in the postpartum period, many women experience pain and discomfort in various areas of the body. This can include:

  • Lumbar (lower back) pain 
  • Sacroiliac joint (SIJ) dysfunction 
  • Pelvic pain 
  • Hip pain 
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction

Possible Diagnoses: Physical therapists specializing in pre and postpartum care are trained to assess and address a range of diagnoses commonly associated with pregnancy and childbirth, including:

  • Lumbar strain or instability 
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction 
  • Pelvic girdle pain 
  • Hip joint issues 
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction, including incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse 
  • Episiotomy or tearing requiring rehabilitation

What Does a Postpartum Physical Therapist Do?

How PT Can Help: Pre and postpartum physical therapy offers tailored interventions to address these issues and support women throughout their journey:

  • nternal/External Exam of Pelvic Floor Muscles (PFM): Assessment of PFM strength and resting tone to identify any dysfunction. 
  • Pelvic Floor Muscle Strengthening and Coordination: Targeted exercises to strengthen and improve coordination of the pelvic floor muscles, aiding in bladder and bowel control and supporting pelvic organ function. 
  • Glute and Core Strengthening: Strengthening exercises for the gluteal and core muscles to provide stability and support for the lower back, pelvis, and hips. 
  • Lifting Mechanics: Education on proper body mechanics and lifting techniques to prevent strain and injury, particularly important during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. 
  • Return to Exercise: Gradual progression and guidance for returning to exercise safely after childbirth, taking into account individual needs and considerations. 
  • Labor Preparation: Techniques and exercises to prepare the body for labor and delivery, promoting optimal positioning and muscle function.

NYC Physical Therapy for Women

Pre and postpartum physical therapy offers invaluable support for women during one of the most significant phases of their lives. By addressing pain, dysfunction, and musculoskeletal issues, we can empower mothers to navigate pregnancy and childbirth with greater comfort, confidence, and well-being. 

Contact an NYC Postpartum Physical Therapist

If you’re experiencing any discomfort or issues during pregnancy or in the postpartum period, consider consulting a James Fowler Physical Therapy for the Women’s Health Program where we specialize in pre and postpartum care to support your journey to motherhood.

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