for Pregnancy Pain
Physical Therapy for Pregnancy
The changes a woman experiences during pregnancy can cause her to be uncomfortable, or even feel pain, which leads to being less active. While you may know that this is all part of the process, you may not know that Physical Therapy can help reduce the pain that often comes with pregnancy.
The most common pain during pregnancy is in the low back, but you may feel pain relating to posture, in your upper and lower back, as well as headaches. Your hands and feet may swell, or you may develop pelvic dysfunction (when the ligaments that keep your pelvic bone in position during pregnancy become loose and stretchy). This, in turn, can make the pelvic joint — aka the symphysis pubis — unstable, causing some pretty strange sensations and sometimes pelvic pain, all of which leads to less activity and poor sleep. Your ability to work and care for your home and family becomes limited. These changes can start in the second trimester but really take hold in the third trimester, causing severe discomfort and pain.
Physical therapy can be effective at relieving some of the pain you experience during pregnancy. This means you get to stay active – working, exercising and caring for your family. Sometimes the therapy is as simple as stretching and changing your routine. Sometimes it includes special exercises, bracing, and compression to boost mobility and reduce pain. Also, physical therapy is safe. Physical therapists are trained to treat musculoskeletal conditions including those relating to pregnancy. Most low risk pregnancies can be treated safely with basic precautions. Although, if you have a high risk pregnancy, you would require clearance from your doctor.
Physical therapy can also speed the recovery of core muscles after birth to make it easier for the those “new baby” tasks, like lifting a baby and car seat. It also speeds up the return of pelvic stability after delivery and return to exercise. Therapists can also teach new moms how to avoid injury to their low back, shoulders, and/or neck while performing normal activities with their newborn. With post-partum physical therapy, women can experience decreased pain furing feeding/breastfeeding, as well. Physical therapy can begin as soon as 2-6 weeks post-partum, with clearance from your doctor. And, babies are welcome at all Landmark Clinics!
Forty weeks is a long time – but it doesn’t have to be painful. Neither does your recovery. Call your doctor and ask about physical therapy for your pregnancy, or call our office and schedule a free 15 minute screening to see if we can help.
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