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Supporting Mothers: Prenatal and Postnatal Physical Therapy

Prenatal and Postnatal Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can help reduce many of the common problems during and after pregnancy. Physical therapy can also help you learn how to safely exercise while pregnant and afterward. An individual program will be designed based on your pre-pregnancy fitness level, your obstetric history and your medical history.

Common Prenatal and Postnatal Conditions Treated in Physical Therapy
  • Weak or tight muscles
  • Desire to start or continue exercise program
  • Lower or upper back pain
  • Cervical or neck pain
  • Postural changes
  • Headaches
  • Tendonitis ( thumb, elbow, wrist)
  • Foot and ankle pain, Plantar fasciitis
  • Sacral, hip, pelvic, rib pain or instability
  • Nerve syndromes: sciatica, carpal tunnel (wrist pain or thumb/finger pain and/or numbness and tingling), thoracic outlet, tarsal tunnel
  • Decreased ability to do normal daily activities
  • Circulatory Problems
  • Abdominal Pain: round ligament, muscle stretch, scar pain, diastasis rectii (widening of the connective tissue between the front muscles of the abdomen)
  • Decreased endurance
Prenatal and Postnatal Physical Therapy

Prenatal and Postnatal Physical Therapy Treatment May Include
  • Pain management for pain relief
  • Exercises to improve strength and mobility
  • Exercises to help postural alignment and body balance
  • Techniques to aid joint and soft tissue flexibility
  • Stress relief and relaxation training
  • Trial of maternity back braces and orthopedic support for the lower back
  • Recommendations for sleeping positions
  • Postpartum rehabilitation: correction of diastasis recti, correction of pelvic asymmetry, improve overall fitness, mobilize scar tissue, strengthen abdominals and pelvic floor, C-section rehabilitation
Benefits of Exercise During and After Pregnancy
  • Improved aerobic and muscular fitness
  • Facilitation of labor and recovery from labor
  • Enhanced maternal psychological wellbeing
  • Establishment of healthy lifestyle habits
Jen Kraft, PT
206 250-7975
jen@jenkraft.com

Copyright 2018, Jen Kraft