After giving birth, many women experience significant changes in their bodies, particularly in the pelvic floor area with muscles responsible for supporting the bladder, uterus, and bowels, which can undergo stress and trauma during childbirth, leading to various postpartum issues. Research shows that up to 35% of women experience urinary incontinence after giving birth, while pelvic organ prolapse affects 24% of women in the postpartum period. Through postpartum pelvic floor rehabilitation, women can effectively restore strength and functionality to this essential area of their bodies.
What to Expect from Postpartum Pelvic Floor PT
During postpartum pelvic floor physical therapy, a range of techniques is used to ensure comprehensive care. Manual therapy, which involves hands-on treatment to address musculoskeletal pain and disability, may include muscle kneading, joint mobilization, and manipulation. Trigger point therapy is employed to alleviate pain through targeted pressure and release cycles. Scar management techniques are applied to promote healing and reduce sensitivity at sites of surgical cuts or perineal tears from vaginal delivery. Muscle training involves addressing tight or weak muscles to restore balance and function. Additionally, bladder and bowel training is offered to regain control over urinary and bowel functions, often a priority for new moms.
Emotional Well-being: Nurturing a Positive Recovery Journey
Postpartum pelvic floor issues can have a significant impact on a woman’s mental health and emotional well-being. At Inspira Physical Therapy, we prioritize the emotional aspect of rehabilitation, recognizing the potential trauma associated with pelvic floor issues. Our trauma-informed therapists guide women in coping with stress, give support, and help to nurture a positive body image during the recovery process. We believe that taking care of your emotional well-being is just as important as physical recovery.
Lifestyle Modifications for Enhanced Pelvic Floor Health
In addition to targeted exercises and therapies, certain lifestyle modifications can contribute to better pelvic floor health such as maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding heavy lifting, adopting good posture, and effectively managing chronic conditions like constipation and chronic coughing can positively impact the pelvic floor’s strength and function.
Professional Guidance: Pelvic Floor Therapists and Personalized Treatment Plans
Seeking the assistance of a pelvic floor therapist is highly recommended for women requiring additional guidance and support. At Inspira Physical Therapy, our team of specialized pelvic floor therapists offers personalized treatment plans tailored to each individual’s needs. Through a combination of strength and relaxation techniques, we help women rebuild and recondition their pelvic floor muscles effectively.