Pregnancy Discomfort Postpartum Recovery
There may be times when massage and exercise alone are unable to help a mother to overcome her pregnancy related discomfort or dysfunction. Growing, carrying, and caring for a child, is a full time job. As with any job, there is risk for work-related injuries from overuse, misuse, or poor body mechanics. If you are experience consistent pain, weakness, or tingling in your shoulder, elbow, wrist, or thumb, especially during your daily activities, speak with your care provider about a referral to occupational or physical therapy. We can help to alleviate the symptoms which may only be the beginning of a lifetime of conditions that can become chronic or even debilitating over a lifetime, requiring heavy doses of pain medication or even surgery. We provide an assessment, education, exercise, modalities, and even splints, when necessary. In most cases, we only need to meet for a few visits before you are able to manage your progress on your own. Please contact us if you are experiencing any symptoms, but are unsure about how to communicate the need for therapy to your care provider.
Common conditions associated with motherhood include Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Nurser's Neck, New Mother's Wrist, Bicep Tendonitis, Shoulder Tendonitis, deQuervain's Syndrome, worsening of pre-existing musculoskeletal conditions, and more.
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Pelvic Floor Pain & Dysfunction
Upper Extremity Pain & Dysfunction
The pelvic girdle is a complex conglomeration of large bones, temperamental joints, tiny muscles, durable ligaments, important nerves, huge blood vessels, and other connective tissue. Pregnancy related pelvic pain and dysfunction is caused by unstable and limited pelvic joints, under the influence of pregnancy hormones, postural changes, and a growing baby. While it is completely normal for your pelvic floor to feel different after giving birth, those differences do not have to remain forever. If after 12 weeks postpartum, you are still struggling with any of the conditions below, there is relief. Make an appointment with your care provider and ask for a referral to occupational or physical therapy.
Diastasis Recti (separated stomach muscles)
Pubic symphysis pain
Sacroilliac (SI) pain
Pelvic Organ Prolapse (feeling of "falling out")
Nerve pain down one leg
Difficulty lifting leg
Inability to stand on one leg
Audible clicking sound coming from pelvis
Naturally, women are less likely to participate in activities that cause them to leak or be in pain. Postpartum pelvic floor dysfunction, specifically urinary incontinence, but also pain, is a leading cause in a new mom's inability to lose weight after giving birth. Addressing the pelvic floor in a therapeutic way is essential to mom's return to overall physical and emotional health.
Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
Not only is it safe to visit a chiropractor during pregnancy, it is also highly beneficial. All chiropractors are trained to work with pregnant women. Getting regular adjustments during pregnancy is a great way to relieve the added stress on your spine caused by weight gain, baby growth, and postural imbalances. Chiropractic care may also help to reduce nausea, create more space for breathing and baby, facilitate sleep, promote faster labor, and improve baby's position- decreasing the need for a C-section. We are happy to refer you to one of our trusted chiropractors if you are suffering from any of the following conditions:
Pubic symphysis pain
Shortness of breath
According to the American Pregnancy Association, therapy during pregnancy can be useful for remedying common discomforts like back pain and hip pain. Once you visualize some of the physical structures and changes involved in creating a life, you can better understand why so many areas are affected during and after your pregnancy. Our rehabilitation services can help strengthen, release, or align those areas, as needed.
Pregnancy and Birth Related Conditions of the Newborn
There are several conditions that a newborn can experience either in utero or during the birth process that may require intervention from a skilled and experienced therapist. Our licensed and registered therapists have worked with newborns and children of all ages, with a variety of conditions, especially those that may impact feeding and early development, like Torticollis, Erb's Palsy, Klumpke's Palsy, Shoulder Dystocia, or Abnormal Tone. Treatment includes gentle stretches, positioning, hydrotherapy, sensory stimulation, and strengthening that will be demonstrated and performed in the session, as well as at home.