What are the Benefits of Postpartum Physical Therapy?4
Postpartum therapy San Francisco specialists at Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center (PHRC) report that they find that many women’s concerns are dismissed by good-intending physicians who contribute their discomfort to the fact that they just had a baby. As a result, many women experience postpartum symptoms needlessly. In fact, many conditions can be easily treated and prevented through postpartum physical therapy.
What are the physical symptoms that postpartum women experience?
Back, groin, hip, vaginal or pelvic pain are all common symptoms women experience after childbirth. Postpartum women also can have a leaking urine when coughing, sneezing, or running, and pain while performing daily activities, or during sex.
What happens during a postpartum physical therapy session?
PHRC physical therapy San Francisco examinations include a thorough physical examination of the internal and external evaluation of the muscles for trigger points and motor control. The connective tissue and neural tension are also examined in conjunction with a structural and biomechanical evaluation.
The postpartum physical therapist works with the patient in order to determine what is causing the pain and difficulty in movement. Then they will work on a combination of therapeutic exercises in proper body mechanics and posture, mobility, strength and function, and core stabilizer strengthening. A home exercise program is also prescribed in order to speed recovery and reinforce the effectiveness of the therapy sessions.
There are also a variety of soft tissues techniques such as myofascial release, pelvic mobilization, cranio-sacral strategies, muscle energy, that a postpartum therapist will use. At PHRC, myofascial release San Fransciso specialists are trained in eliminating myofascial trigger points through this soft tissue therapy technique.
To learn more about myofascial release soft tissue therapy read Postpartum Therapy: What Many U.S. Women are Missing Out On