After a new mother has her child, issues with stretching, back stiffness and weakened muscles in the core and pelvic floor require attention to ensure that the body returns to a state in which it can function normally and without pain. Our physical therapists work with postpartum women to strengthen pelvic floor muscles and develop custom therapeutic exercise programs to repair and restore these areas that have undergone so much change.
When pregnant, stiffness in the thoracic spine, or upper back area, may occur as a result of the anterior movement of the baby essentially pulling you forward. Stretching in the abdomen and pelvic floor can also result in weakened muscles in the pelvic floor though luckily these issues can be resolved with physical therapy. Your PT will work with you to improve the strength and stability of these muscles to repair stretching and ensure that you’re not at risk for back pain.
Common pelvic floor conditions for new moms can include incontinence and prolapse (which occurs when an organ in the body slips forward or down). Your PT can help to build your pelvic floor back up and restore the foundation of your body so you can resume life healthy as ever. Visit our Women’s Health Physical Therapy page to learn more about our pre- and post-partum services and to understand how we can help you address your unique pelvic musculoskeletal issues to improve your quality of life.