Postpartum Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy can dramatically improve recovery time after childbirth.
In many countries, physical therapy evaluations are mandatory in postpartum women to identify any existing impairments and to help restore muscle integrity and prevent future complications stemming from pregnancy and delivery that can otherwise lead to dysfunction and pain.
Our clinic is geared towards preventive health and is capable of providing rehabilitation in the event of postpartum musculoskeletal problems. The physical therapists at Sarton Physical Therapy are specifically trained to meet the special obstetric needs of women. We follow the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology guidelines for exercise during and after pregnancy and are trained to assist in all of the specific musculoskeletal needs during pregnancy and after the arrival of the new baby.
Our postpartum services include a thorough musculoskeletal examination of the external and internal (when appropriate) pelvic floor muscle groups for length, strength, and motor control and creating an individualized Home Exercise Program to prevent and treat any impairments. This helps avoid further dysfunction typically caused by standard exercise programs before the musculoskeletal dysfunction has been corrected.
We also work to assess and correct diastasis recti (separation of the rectus abdominus muscle which commonly occurs during healthy pregnancies). Diastasis recti is a leading cause of pelvic floor dysfunction including incontinence, low back and pelvic pain, and prolapsed organs.
Women who have had a cesarean section may experience persistent pain and/or dysfunction post-operatively. The incision from a cesarean section can cause connective tissue restrictions and myofascial trigger points in the abdominal muscles. Our therapists will normalize the tight tissue and eliminate these trigger points with manual therapy techniques. A home exercise program will be prescribed to facilitate recovery and maintain progress. Resolution of the musculoskeletal dysfunction will result in the elimination of the patients symptoms. Unfortunately the stresses of pregnancy, vaginal deliveries, and C-sections may lead to myofascial complications following the birth of the baby. Many women suffer in silence or their concerns are dismissed by well-intentioned physicians because “they just had a baby”. Many of these symptoms can be easily treated by a physical therapist specializing in postpartum care.
Common postpartum complaints that our Physical Therapists treat:
- Pain at the site of the episiotomy or perineal tear
- Decreased sexual satisfaction
- Delayed, decreased or diminished orgasm
- Dyspareunia (pain with intercourse or orgasm)
- Urinary and fecal incontinence
- Uncontrolled flatulence
- Clitoral, vaginal, rectal, pubic or tailbone pain
- Pubic symphysis dehiscence (rupture)
- Upper back and neck pain associated with breast-feeding
- Upper extremity pain and numbness from child care
- Low back and lower extremity pain
- Decreased capacity for exercise
- Suprapubic and/or abdominal pain
- Incision scar pain and/or hypersensitivity
Let us help you recover with pelvic floor physical therapy.
Evaluations include a thorough oral history and physical examination. The physical examination includes an internal and external evaluation of the muscles for trigger points and motor control, evaluation of connective tissue and neural tension, and a structural and biomechanical evaluation. To ensure the best possible results, the therapists at Sarton Physical Therapy always spend an hour with each patient during every appointment.
Let our expert Physical Therapists with advanced board certification in pelvic floor physical therapy help. Please contact Sarton Physical Therapy with any questions or to have your patients schedule an appointment.