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Postpartum Physical Therapy

Pain, incontinence, sensitive scars....common but not normal

The fourth trimester - the time after your baby is born - is nothing shy of hectic, stressful, and exhausting. During this time, your body is healing from childbirth, hormone levels are once again shifting, AND you have a brand new baby! Whether it was a vaginal birth or a Cesarean, pregnancy and childbirth takes its toll on the body and it is not uncommon to experience aches and pains, incontinence or pelvic floor issues, abdominal separation, and difficulties with returning to exercise or other activity. These experiences are very common postpartum, but NOT normal! This means that although many women experience issues during this time, it CAN be treated and it CAN improve!

Postpartum mother holding her baby

What are some commonly treated postpartum conditions?

Conditions commonly treated include: 

  • Diastasis recti (abdominal separation)

  • Perineal tears

  • C-section scar pain and sensitivity

  • Hip pain

  • Back pain

  • Sacroiliac Joint pain 

  • Urinary or fecal incontinence

  • Prolapse 

  • Pain with sex 

  • General aches and pains

What if I just want to get back in shape after having my baby?

Getting back in shape is definitely possible post-baby! Head over to the Postpartum Fitness page to read more about what the program includes and what options are available for you.

What does treatment normally include?

A tailored treatment plan will be constructed based on your specific needs. Common Postpartum PT treatment normally includes:​

  • Soft tissue mobilization (therapeutic massage)

  • Gentle joint mobilizations and muscle stretching

  • Exercises and creating a personalized home exercise plan

  •  Biomechanical analysis and education (modifying certain movement patterns that may be contributing to pain)

  • Walking analysis and training (looking at the way you walk and correcting any abnormalities that may be contributing to your pain)

  • Postural correction where it may be helpful

  • Breastfeeding/bottle-feeding positioning 

  • Diastasis screening 

  • Pelvic floor assessment if indicated 

Where do we meet for sessions?

All up to you! You have the option of meeting at our office, meeting at your home, or meeting virtually. You can also switch how we meet with each session. Check the FAQ page for more info. 

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