Services and Specialties - Pregnancy-related Problems
Childbearing and child-rearing can be wonderful times in a woman's life. Yet they can also bring physical challenges
as the body adapts to pregnancy, recovers from the post-partum period and adjusts to the stress of child care. Low back
pain, sciatica, muscle strain and shoulder pain are just some of the problems women face. Few women realize that a
qualified physical therapist can help reduce or eliminate these conditions.
How We Can Help
There are many self-care strategies for easing the discomforts of pregnancy and the post-partum period. Practicing
good posture, wearing comfortable shoes, sleeping on your side and lifting properly are just a few strategies. Patients
who cannot resolve their pain on their own should seek physical therapy, which may include techniques such as:
Soft tissue mobilization –Decreases discomfort and improves flexibility
for tight muscles.
Supervised therapeutic exercise –Decreases pain and adds flexibility while
strengthening core stabilization muscles in the back and abdomen.
One-on-one training –Establishes individualized home exercise programs and
teaches proper movement.
Postural assessment & body mechanics –Leads to better symptom management
and improved tolerance for activity while decreasing the risk of injury.
Instruction for lifting & carrying –Teaches proper techniques for avoiding
strain or injury from common daily activities.
Prescription bracing –Decreases discomfort during pregnancy.
Physical therapy modalities –For the post-partum patient, modalities including
ultrasound, moist heat and electrical stimulation can help reduce discomfort and muscle tightness.
Our programs help increase patients’ activity tolerances for home tasks and other activities while decreasing the chances
of injury. Our goal is to get a patient through her pregnancy-related pain, aches and other symptoms. We always put
patients first. In fact, no other physical therapy facility offers as much experience and credentialed expertise as we do.
To learn more about how we can help your back pain, muscle aches
and sciatica, please contact us.