Prenatal Physical Therapy

A TIME OF CHANGE

Pregnancy is a time when the body is undergoing many physical changes at a very rapid pace.  Major postural changes occur during pregnancy which can add pressure to the spine and joints.  This pressure can cause muscles to tighten and old injuries to flare up.  Hormonal changes also cause a softening of ligaments and a loosening of the body’s joints.  This is necessary so that the body can accommodate the growth of the fetus and have mobility for delivery, but this extra laxity can cause problems for many women as the pelvic joints often become hypermobile.

PREGNANCY ISSUES

Physical therapy is beneficial for addressing most of the musculoskeletal problems that occur during pregnancy including:

  • Low back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Pubic bone pain
  • Sacroiliac joint pain
  • Coccyx pain
  • Neck pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Foot & calf pain
  • Rib pain
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Diastasis recti

HANDS-ON APPROACH

Through the use of manual therapy techniques including myofascial release, deep tissue massage, joint mobilization, and cranialsacral therapy, proper body alignment is restored, and then women are instructed in a specific exercise program tailored to their individual needs.

A UNIQUE METHOD

Unlike physical therapy sessions at most clinics, Debra Goodman, MSPT will spend an hour with each patient individually.  Patients will never feel rushed.  Treatment will be individualized to each patient’s particular needs.

PREPARATION FOR LABOR & DELIVERY

By focusing on specific abdominal exercises and breathing techniques, physical therapy can help prepare women for labor and delivery. Strong abdominal muscles and knowledge of proper pushing strategy can help women push more effectively and shorten delivery time.  Furthermore, safe abdominal strengthening during pregnancy will help promote a faster recovery, a quicker return to pre-pregnancy figure, less back and pelvic pain, and will minimize abdominal muscle separation (diastasis recti).