Physical Therapy During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period
One of the best ways to stay healthy during pregnancy is to maintain an appropriate amount and type of physical activity. A physical therapy program can help immensely with keeping in optimal shape during pregnancy and speeding up recovery during the postpartum period.
At JAG PT, our specialized women’s health and pelvic floor physical therapy brings compassionate results to pregnant people throughout New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Learn more about how physical therapy during pregnancy is essential below, or schedule your initial appointment today.
What are the Benefits of Physical Therapy During Pregnancy?
Pregnancy is often associated with pain in the back, neck, pelvis, and general musculoskeletal pain throughout the body, and JAG PT’s staff is highly adept at treating complaints like these and offering minimally invasive pain relief. Physical therapy can also help pregnant people improve their posture and balance, potentially avoid nausea and vertigo, and maximize their mobility and capacity for activities of daily living.
Our fitness programming can assist with weight management during and after pregnancy, and PT practices like breath control and pelvic floor exercises are great preparation for labor and delivery. Physical therapy treatment can provide relief for insomnia and other sleep problems in pregnant people, ease other associated health concerns like digestive problems and urinary leakage, and ultimately support the overall well-being of the mother and the new baby.
How Does Physical Therapy Help in the Postpartum Period?
After giving birth, many people have found that physical therapy has helped them immensely in the process of returning to their normal routine while caring for their infant. Guided fitness programming through JAG PT can assist in restoring core strength and muscle tone, managing scarring after a perineal tear, episiotomy, or Cesarean section, and recovering from diastasis recti (abdominal muscle separation).
Our physical therapists can offer practical, everyday tips for safety in activities like lifting and carrying and other tasks of childcare that pose a potential orthopedic health risk. We can also help reduce postpartum pain, manage organ prolapse and other complications in the pelvic region, and guide those who have recently given birth as they return to their pre-pregnancy fitness activities and goals.