As a new mother, your body has undergone a tremendous transformation during pregnancy and childbirth. While your focus is primarily on your newborn, it’s important not to ignore your own physical well-being. After childbirth, your body is often the lowest on the list of priorities. This can wreak havoc on a mother. Many women experience postpartum issues that can cause discomfort, pain, and even long-term problems. Fortunately, physical therapy can help address many of these common issues.
Below is a list of common postpartum problems that physical therapy can address.
Weakness in the Core
Pregnancy often leaves the abdominal wall lengthened and lacking tone. Physical therapy can help the patient regain strength and stability and reduce lasting issues.
C-Section Scar Pain
Incision sites can often be painful, numb, and not move well. Physical therapy can help to reduce pain and improve scar mobility and tissue function following surgery.
Diastasis Rectus Abdominis
Separation of abdominal muscles during pregnancy is very common. Physical therapy to reduce and stabilize this separation with gentle and effective exercises can make a difference.
Neck and Upper Back Pain
Many women experience pain following the effort of childbirth as well as with the positional requirements of nursing and caring for an infant. Stretches, positioning of the infant, and posture education can help reduce this.
Pelvic Floor Weakness
Many women deal with pelvic floor weakness following both vaginal delivery and c-section leaving women with bladder leakage. Physical therapy can help to regain this strength and get you back to life.
Don’t let postpartum issues take a toll on your quality of life! Physical therapy can help you regain strength, reduce pain, and improve your overall well-being. At Bodyworks Physical Therapy, our expert therapists can provide customized treatment plans to help you overcome these common postpartum issues. If you’re experiencing any of these issues, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today or request an appointment. Let us help you get back to feeling like yourself again.