Pregnancy has its beautiful, memorable moments. It is a milestone in life that many women dream about. While pregnancy is a special time, there are some difficult aspects as well. During pregnancy, a woman’s body must adjust to carrying the added weight of the baby. This redistribution of weight can place additional stress on the body, leading to pain and discomfort. Physical therapy can be a great tool to address this pain, leading to a healthy, safe, and productive pregnancy.
Physical Challenges Spurred on by Pregnancy
The body must physically adapt to pregnancy. Some potential problems include shortened muscles, misaligned posture, muscle imbalances, and more. Many pregnant women choose to simply deal with the pain these physical changes cause. However, now that we have a greater understanding of the body, these issues can be effectively addressed through physical therapy.
What About the Postpartum Phase?
The postpartum phase brings its own set of difficulties due to the pressures of delivery. These difficulties include muscle imbalances, weak spinal mobility, excessive joint mobility, and more. These common postpartum issues can also be treated through physical therapy.
Why Should You Consider Prenatal and Postpartum Physical Therapy?
Sometimes it’s hard to get your body back into alignment after pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Our physical therapy can greatly reduce the time it takes for the body to recover and get back into alignment. Our program can help correct muscle weakness and imbalance. It supports correcting dysfunctional pelvic joints, as well as the spine. Our physical therapist works with each patient individually to provide the care most beneficial to them.
The Treatments We Have Available
When it comes to physical therapy for pregnancy, there are several viable treatments. Treatments undertaken depends on the condition of your body. Following a preliminary examination, our physical therapists will develop a plan of care tailored to your needs and lifestyle. Possible treatments include:
- Postural straightening
- Muscle energy technique
- Coordination and strength training
- Body mechanics education
- Mobilization of joints and soft tissue
- Self-management tools to work on yourself at home
Pregnancy Physical Therapy in Newport Beach
Our team at Orange County Physical Therapy has years of experience performing prenatal and postpartum physical therapy services for the benefit of our Newport Beach patients. To learn more about how we can help you, or to schedule an appointment, call us at (949) 379-8400 or visit us online.