Postnatal Services

Once you're postpartum, you're always postpartum, so these visits can be done even years after having your baby to address any of the symptoms below.  Ideally, all women would have a physical therapy screening at 6 weeks after birth, right after your 6 week follow up with your OB or midwife.  At that visit we would do a full postnatal screening including assessment of posture, body mechanics, scar tissue mobililty, alignment, diastasis recti, core stability, pelvic floor muscle tone, strength, and endurance and get you started on a treatment plan to address any dysfunction we find.  If you have pain or discomfort before the 6 week follow up, we can address your needs earlier but will not perform any internal pelvic floor muscle work until you are cleared by your healthcare practitioner.

 

After you have your baby you may experience various discomforts or symptoms including:

  • Scar pain or restrictions (Cesarean or perineal)

  • Urinary incontinence

  • Urinary or bowel urge or frequency

  • Pelvic pressure/heaviness

  • Painful intercourse

  • Abdominal separation (Diastasis Recti)

  • Poor posture

  • Difficulty walking or lifting

  • Back pain

  • Pubic bone pain

  • Tailbone pain

 

Although these symptoms may be common, they are NOT normal and in most cases can be easily treated with physical therapy. 

 

Other services that are available that can only be provided in your home are assessment and setup of your nursing/feeding station for optimal posture and alignment and body mechanics evaluation and training for childcare activities such as lifting your baby, transfers into and out of the crib, car seat, bath tub, stroller, and any other activities that you would like assessed.

 

Biofeedback is another helpful tool to use in the postnatal period to help you improve awareness of your pelvic floor muscles by getting visual feedback when you contract and relax the muscles.  We can also use this as you perform functional activities to make sure you are activating your pelvic floor when needed.

Orange County physical therapy services in your home for pregnancy, postpartum, & pelvic conditions

Copyright 2015 Whitney Sippl

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