Pregnancy and Post-Partum Rehabilitation Therapy
Pregnancy rehabilitation addresses common areas of pain and dysfunction
that arise during pregnancy as well as ways to prepare for giving birth.
Pregnancy often creates specific stresses to the abdominal wall, pelvic
floor and low back that could require rehabilitation. Pre-education can
prevent exacerbation of these symptoms, while postpartum rehabilitation,
will evaluate and treat pain that can arise due to the birthing experience.
These services will assist with restoring the body to its pre-pregnancy status.
Common Symptoms & Conditions:
- Low Back Pain
- Pubic Symphysis Pain
- Hip Pain
- Abdominal Muscle Weakness
- Diastasis Rectus Abdominis
- Pelvic Floor Weakness
- Lower and Upper extremity birthing injuries
- Cervical or thoracic pain from birthing
Treatments often performed with Pre and Post-Partum Women:
- Learn to contract/relax pelvic floor muscles to prepare for birth
- Strengthen and coordinate pelvic floor muscles to reduce pain or prevent
- Manual therapy techniques to reduce pain
- Deep core stabilization and stretching programs
- Posture education and training
- Functional activity training to reduce discomfort with day-to-day activities
- Perineal Massage techniques to reduce risk of tearing during birth
- Relaxation and breathing techniques
- Labor and Birthing position preparation: to reduce the risk of exacerbating
prior low back, hip or pelvic pain during delivery and to educate on positions
that can assist with progression of labor.
Kristen Harrington, DPT
Completed specialty course work through Herman and Wallace Institute.