What can physical therapy treat?
- Postural changes from pregnancy that can lead to pain or dysfunction
- Urinary Incontinence (UI)
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)
- Diastasis Recti — common for women postpartum
- Education and instruction on safe exercise during and after pregnancy to help prevent or reduce injury and improve quality of life
Common Complaints Physical Therapy Can Address
- “I have neck and back pain”
- “I leak when I sneeze or cough”
- “I feel heaviness in my pelvic area whenever I pick up my baby”
- “I can see a bulge in my stomach when I get out of bed”
- “I would like to exercise, but don’t know where to begin or if it is safe”
What can physical therapy do?
- Physical therapists are specialized in treating the musculoskeletal system and are effective at treating posture and alignment to optimize function.
- UI and POP develop due to dysfunction of the pelvic floor and core. Trained pelvic floor physical therapists provide manual therapy and exercises focused on the pelvic floor to address tightness, weakness and proper engagement to treat UI and POP.
- Trained physical therapists assist in targeting the correct abdominal muscles to help close diastasis recti using proper breathing and bracing techniques.
- Trained physical therapists for pregnant and postpartum women can skillfully guide women on safe exercise and proper alignment to reduce risk of injury during workouts.
PT in Motion Inc.
We have two physical therapists here at PT in Motion in Bonita trained to assist with the various women’s health and pelvic floor issues that arise during and after pregnancy. One of our therapists is trained to perform internal pelvic floor treatment. The other therapist is experienced in external manual therapy and exercise focused on optimizing the whole core system, alignment, mobility and function for pregnant and postpartum women.
We take most insurances and have cash-pay options. If you would like to know more about our clinic and treatment philosophy please do not hesitate to contact us.
Facts and Relevance
- Urinary incontinence (UI) is common among women (25-45%) and stress UI makes up ⅔ of this population. Vaginal delivery is the highest risk factor in developing UI.
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) prevalence can reach up to 50% of the female population. Having one child increases a woman’s chance of POP fourfold and having a second child increases to over 8x likely to develop POP. Vaginal delivery plays an extensive role in PF damage and development of POP.
- 33% of women during 21 weeks of gestation have diastasis recti. 60% of women 6 weeks postpartum show diastasis and 32% still have diastasis 12 months postpartum. Due to the tear of the linea alba women lack adequate abdominal strength to perform their daily activities safely. Activities such as lifting and carrying babies and bending forward to change diapers with minimal abdominal support put mothers at risk for back injuries.
- It is recommended that pregnant women do moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week. Exercise supports optimal fetal growth and development that can benefit generations in the future. Exercise during pregnancy can also reduce risk of gestational diabetes.
PT In Motion | Chula Vista — 690 Otay Lakes Rd ste 110 Chula Vista, CA 91910