While your post-pregnancy symptoms may feel like “normal pregnancy-related pains” to you, there are ways you can be treated so that you can return to your pre-pregnancy activities. You do not need a referral from your doctor to stop in for an evaluation! Here are just a few of the many ways you can benefit from physical therapy…
- To stabilize your core muscles:1-3 As your baby grows and your body goes through hormonal changes, your muscles and ligaments get stretched out. Your PT can teach you safe and effective exercises to get your core strength back, which is necessary for your body to function optimally.
- To fix your posture:1,3 Your body changes the way it holds itself during different stages of pregnancy. Faulty posture can result in pain as certain muscles tighten up and pull your body into an abnormal, uncomfortable position. Proper posture is one of the best ways to prevent future injuries! Your PT can show you the best way to use your body during various daily activities.
- To reduce back and hip pain:1,3 Your PT can alleviate pain through hands-on treatment, while teaching ways to reduce strain and pressure on your joints. Your PT can also recommend lumbar support braces to assist with alignment.
- To restore your flexibility:1 Muscles that are underused during pregnancy can “shut off’ and shorten up over time. Your PT will teach you safe stretching techniques to help loosen up your tight muscles, so that you can move around with more comfort and ease.
- To return to your normal activity levels:1-3 Your PT will start you off with simpler exercises, and will eventually progress you to more challenging and complex exercises. These activities will allow you to safely return to your hobbies, sports, and work duties.
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- Physical Therapist’s Guide to Pelvic Pain Move Forward PT. Published May 10, 2011. Accessed July
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Stabilizing Exercises for Pelvic Girdle Pain After Pregnancy: A Two-Year Follow-up of a Randomized
Clinical Trial. SPINE. 2004;29(10):E197-E203.