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Physical therapy for pregnancy and postpartum recovery

What is pregnancy and postpartum care?

Pregnancy is often accompanied by pain and discomfort. An increase in hormones, a change in the body’s center of gravity, additional weight, and a decline in posture can all contribute to pelvic, hip, or back pain, as well as other musculoskeletal issues such as carpal tunnel, spinal problems, circulatory problems, or nerve compression syndromes.

In addition, it’s not uncommon for pregnant women to experience foot or ankle pain, abdominal pain, nausea, heartburn, or urinary problems. Similarly, after giving birth, new mothers may experience back pain, urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, and tears or scarring around the C-section or perineum. Fortunately, physical therapy can help to alleviate much of the pain and discomfort that goes along with pregnancy and giving birth.

Source: Therapeutic Associates

The symptoms of pregnancy and postpartum recovery

Back pain is far and away the most common symptom for which pregnant women and new mothers seek physical therapy. This symptom affects almost all women during and after pregnancy. However, it’s only one symptom of pregnancy that physical therapy can treat; PT can also help to correct posture, alleviate hip and pelvic pain, correct circulatory issues, and prevent scarring.

In addition, physical therapy can encourage a successful birthing process. Perineal massage, a common physical therapy technique for pregnant women, reduces tension around the birthing canal over time and can make the birth quicker and less painful.

The most common symptoms of pregnancy and postpartum recovery include:

  • Back pain
  • Hip pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Circulatory issues

Source: Therapeutic Associates

Physical therapy for pregnancy and postpartum recovery

Physical therapy for pregnancy and postpartum recovery usually takes a comprehensive approach, aiming to relieve and prevent pain over the full course of pregnancy. For this reason, PT for pregnancy will usually involve postural training, joint alignment, muscle strengthening exercises, and flexibility exercises.

Typically, a physical therapist will use a combination of techniques with pregnant women or new mothers, including deep tissue massage, muscle energy techniques, therapeutic exercise, biomechanics, and posture techniques.

Source: Beyond Basics Physical Therapy

Luna PTs specialize in pregnancy and postpartum care

Luna has physical therapists across the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Orange County who specialize in treating pregnant women and new mothers. Our PTs will create personalized routines to help ease pain during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum recovery, getting you back on your feet and back to the activities — and people — you love.

Best of all, with Luna, patients can receive physical therapy in the most comfortable and convenient location of all — home. Luna’s physical therapists come to you — it’s PT delivered.

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