Pregnancy is an exciting time of growth and changes while anticipating the birth of your little one. Pregnancy related changes may create common aches and discomforts limiting you from being able to do normal, everyday activities. These ailments, including pain during pregnancy or postpartum may impact your active lifestyle or create unexpected limitations. If this occurs, you should consider pelvic floor physical therapy. Whether you are a first-time mom and are experiencing issues after childbirth or you are someone who has lived with postpartum pain for years, you do not have to be limited by your condition.
At Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, our knowledgeable physical therapists offer a variety of innovative treatments that can relieve pain, increase overall strength and coordination to return you to the activities you enjoy and love. Our goal is to maintain mom’s active lifestyle so she may encourage her child in a wellness lifestyle. Memorial Hermann’s dynamic team of physical therapists, nurses, uro-gynecologists, obstetricians, gynecologists, and urologists collaborate with you to create your treatment plan, returning you to optimal health and wellness.
If you experience activity intolerance, pain, weakness or core instability during pregnancy, consult your OB-GYN about undergoing a prenatal physical therapy program. Most physical ailments experienced during pregnancy can be relieved through body mechanics training, relaxation techniques, manual therapy and therapeutic taping, as well as stretching, and strengthening exercises with a focus on anticipating pregnancy related posture changes. Memorial Hermann’s Prenatal/Postpartum Health Program can support you during your pregnancy and provide relief.
Many new moms are concerned about preparing themselves for a smooth pregnancy and delivery. Others may be impacted by the following conditions, and would benefit from receiving prenatal physical therapy:
Benefits of prenatal and postnatal therapy include:
Patients who will benefit from pre- and post-natal therapy include those with:
Please feel free to ask about other conditions that you may have developed to determine physical therapy’s full impact.
Undergoing physical therapy can help relieve pain, stabilize pregnancy “waddle” and make everyday tasks, such as cleaning a bathtub or bending down to pick something up, manageable and pain-free.
During pregnancy, the pelvis widens, and ligaments become loose due to a hormone called Relaxin. Your weight distribution changes, and may result in back, rib and pelvic pain as well as core instability. This can affect the way you live, as well as your body’s performance during childbirth.
Seeing a physical therapist for wellness and optimal functioning can benefit you for years to come. Pelvic floor weakness can lead to problems during menopause. By learning how to optimize your strength and stability during pregnancy, you are not only equipping your body to handle childbirth in the best way possible, but you are also preparing it for future changes.
In Memorial Hermann’s Prenatal/Postpartum Health Program, our physical therapists offer a variety of services and manual therapy techniques. Prenatal physical therapy services include:
Our manual therapy techniques include:
Our physical therapists may advise you on different labor or positioning techniques, as well as educate your partner—should you choose to include them—on at-home techniques and exercises.
No matter if you have just given birth this year or you have been a mom for years, if you are living with pain or unable to participate in everyday activities or are experiencing changes that might not have been present during pregnancy, it’s time It’s time to talk to your doctor about a postpartum physical therapy program. A physical therapy plan that includes proper exercise and stretching that may alleviate the conditions you are suffering from. Feeling better does not always require surgery or medication, and Memorial Hermann’s skilled physical therapists can help you determine if you can get relief through a postpartum physical therapy program.
After childbirth, you might begin noticing pain where you have never had it before, particularly in your core and pelvic floor. Sitting might be miserable, or you may experience muscle spasms or cramping. If you went through an instrumented birth, you might be suffering from a temporary nerve injury. If you underwent a C-section, you might feel pain and discomfort where your belly folds over the incision. A variety of changes can happen immediately or even years after childbirth.
Physical therapy can provide relief of pain and stress after childbirth. Your core and pelvic floor were weakened during pregnancy and childbirth. Not only can physical therapy help strengthen your body, but it can help retrain muscles that have moved or nerves that have been damaged as a result of labor. It can help you sit comfortably again if your tailbone was impacted during childbirth. Physical therapy can help retrain scar tissue so it heals properly and comfortably after a C-section.
The services and manual therapy techniques offered to prenatal patients above are also available to postpartum patients. Additionally, we provide education on ergonomics so you can get in and out of the car without pain and lift and carry your baby, as well as older children, properly. We also provide ultrasounds to determine if you may have clogged milk ducts and can train you on postpartum massage techniques.
Before your first session, plan to arrive early to complete paperwork. Your first appointment will be a consultation to assess your current condition and to educate you—and your partner, if you choose to include them—on your treatment. Appointments are typically an hour.
During your sessions, wear comfortable clothes that don’t restrict any physical movements. You will receive information packets, as well as at-home exercises to do on your own. As a patient, you will also receive access to a program (available on your smartphone or desktop) that will lead you through these at-home exercises.
After your sessions, you might experience some soreness. Drink plenty of water after each session to reduce the risk of cramping.
With many Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation locations in and around Greater Houston, you can find the relief you need through prenatal and postpartum physical therapy close to home. Talk to your physician for a referral, and schedule your initial evaluation online with ScheduleNow today.