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Prenatal & Postnatal Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy for Pregnant and Postpartum Women

Pregnancy and motherhood are a unique and transformative journey. So much about your life changes once you have little ones, and your body is no exception to those changes. At Body Balance Physical Therapy, we offer specialized physical therapy services for expectant mothers as well as postpartum care. Our experienced team of physical therapy professionals is here to provide compassionate, comprehensive, and effective support.

Our services will focus on promoting musculoskeletal health, addressing discomfort, preparing the body for the demands of childbirth, and promoting healing after the birth. Through targeted exercises, we aim to enhance flexibility, strength, and overall well-being of mothers. The team here at Body Balance is considerate of the physical and emotional well-being of new mothers and our goal always is to empower and uplift women throughout their pregnancy and postpartum journey.

Benefits of Prenatal Physical Therapy

Pain Relief and Posture Improvement
Prenatal physical therapy focuses on alleviating common discomforts associated with pregnancy, such as back pain and pelvic girdle pain. Through targeted exercises and stretches, physical therapists help improve posture and reduce muscle imbalances, providing relief and promoting overall well-being during pregnancy.
Pelvic Floor Strengthening and Preparation for Labor
Prenatal physical therapy includes exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which are crucial for labor and delivery. By enhancing pelvic floor function, physical therapists aid in preventing issues like incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse postpartum, while also preparing the body for the demands of childbirth.
Customized Exercise Programs for Safe Fitness
Physical therapists create personalized exercise programs for pregnant individuals, ensuring safe and effective workouts. These programs take into account the changing body dynamics during pregnancy and focus on maintaining cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, and flexibility, promoting a healthier pregnancy experience.
Educational Support and Body Mechanics Training
Prenatal physical therapy offers valuable education on proper body mechanics and movement patterns. This includes guidance on optimal positions for daily activities and exercises, reducing the risk of musculoskeletal issues. Learning these principles empowers individuals to adapt to the physical changes of pregnancy more comfortably.
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Benefits of Postpartum Physical Therapy

Core Strengthening and Diastasis Recti Management
Postpartum physical therapy can help with rebuilding core strength and addressing common conditions like diastasis recti (separation of abdominal muscles) that happen as a natural result of the abdominal expansion associated with pregnancy. Our physical therapists guide individuals through exercises that safely engage the core, promoting healing and restoring abdominal muscle integrity over time.
Recovery from Birth Strain and Cesarean Sections
Postpartum physical therapy addresses recovery and promotes healing from birth-related changes, including cesarean sections or pelvic floor muscle damage. Therapists employ targeted exercises and techniques to promote healing, reduce scar tissue, and restore abdominal and pelvic muscle strength which facilitates a smoother recovery process and returns the mother back to health faster.
Safely Return to Exercise Postpartum
For active individuals, postpartum physical therapy can assist in returning to normal exercise routines after childbirth. You don’t have to wait months and months to get back to the gym! Our physical therapists design progressive and individualized fitness programs that consider the postpartum body's unique needs, ensuring a safe and effective transition back to regular levels of physical activity.
Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation
Postpartum physical therapy is instrumental in rehabilitating the pelvic floor after childbirth. Therapists use exercises and manual techniques to address issues such as pelvic floor weakness, incontinence, and bladder or vaginal prolapse. This proactive approach aids in preventing long-term complications and supports overall pelvic health.

Prenatal and Postpartum Physical Therapy at Body Balance

Experiencing pregnancy and childbirth is a life-changing experience and it’s normal for your body to change during this time, too. Prenatal physical therapy plans can help prepare your body and your mind for the changes you are going to experience while postpartum physical therapy can help your muscles return to a healthy and functional state after the stresses of carrying a child and giving birth. The team at Body Balance Physical Therapy is here to provide compassionate and effective care for you during and after your pregnancy journey. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.