Pregnancy & Postpartum Care
We frequently work with women who are pregnant or who have recently had a vaginal or c-section delivery.
When working with our pregnant clients, our goal is to reduce pain and musculoskeletal dysfunction. We also aim to support the health and fitness of pregnant mothers by developing exercise programs that promote strength and endurance for delivery. Programs also address infant-care body mechanics and education to help mothers recover more quickly following delivery.
Postpartum we address problems that may have arisen during pregnancy or delivery. Goals of rehabilitation include pain resolution, mom-and-baby exercise, breast-feeding and infant care body mechanics education, and return to a healthy and active lifestyle.
The following diagnoses are treated in our prenatal and postpartum rehabilitation program:
Cesarean Section: Treatment of abdominal and low back pain post C-section.
Coccygodynia: Tailbone pain.
Diastasis Recti: A separation of the two halves of the abdominal muscles at the midline; commonly seen during and after pregnancy.
Dyspareunia: Pain with sexual intercourse, especially if it lasts more than 3 months following delivery.
Episiotomy: Pain or muscle weakness following the perineal incision (or tearing) that can occur during vaginal delivery.
Fecal Incontinence: Unexpected or uncontrolled loss of feces or soiling of undergarments. This can result from Grade 3 or Grade 4 perineal tearing during vaginal delivery.
Low Back Pain: Pain related to weakness, muscle spasm, disc pathology, radiculopathy, stenosis, or arthritis; prenatal and postpartum low back pain.
Pelvic Pain Syndrome: A variety of symptoms which could include deep aching in the abdomen, back pain, and/or perineal (vaginal) pain. Causes can include trauma to the pudendal nerve (e.g.: vaginal childbirth).
Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction: Pain in the sacroiliac joint, hip or groin.
Sciatica: Pain that travels into the buttock or down into the thigh or leg.
Urinary Incontinence: Uncontrolled or unexpected loss of urine. Urinary incontinence can occur following vaginal delivery or c-section.