Pre- and Post-Pregnancy

While back pain, urinary or bowel incontinence, and pelvic pain are often experienced by pregnant women and new moms – these symptoms are never normal. Instead of learning to live with it, our experienced therapists can help you control or eliminate these issues so you can focus on what’s important: your new family.

Common conditions such as back pain and incontinence can have a variety of musculoskeletal causes: during pregnancy, hormones decrease the stability of muscles, joints and ligaments; posture and body mechanics are affected; and weak or stressed muscles force other muscles to overcompensate, causing muscle spasm and pain. In addition, scar tissue from an episiotomy or C-section can create fascial restrictions or adhesions, causing pain during intercourse or even while sitting.

Through individualized and highly-targeted exercises and therapies, we restore balance, tone and flexibility to the muscles and tissues throughout the pelvic area—giving you back control, freedom and quality of life.

Conditions we treat:

Back pain, caused by excessive curvature in the spine or other muscle imbalances

Painful intercourse (dyspareunia or vaginismus)

Bladder or bowel incontinence

Rectal pain (Levator Ani Syndrome)

Vulvar burning and pain (vulvodynia)

Tailbone pain (coccydynia)

A comprehensive, integrated approach:

  • Therapeutic exercise to restore muscle strength and control of pelvic floor
  • Manual therapy and massage to increase tissue flexibility, scar mobility and muscle relaxation
  • Body mechanics and postural correction to improve muscle function and reduce pain
  • Myofascial Release techniques specific to the pelvis, to reduce tightness or restrictions that lead to incontinence and pain
  • Biofeedback to help “re-educate” muscles and improve pelvic floor coordination
  • Electrical muscle and nerve stimulation to help strengthen weak muscles and decrease pain
  • Relaxation techniques to restore normal tone and calm hyperactive pelvic floor
  • Pfilates, a group class fitness program that uses simple Pilates-inspired exercises to rebuild pelvic floor strength and function

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