Blogs from February, 2023

Helping You Achieve a Smooth Pregnancy and Delivery

Pregnancy is a physically and emotionally demanding time, which can certainly take a toll on any expectant mother. Fortunately, ProFysio Physical Therapy offers physical therapy services designed to ease the discomfort caused by pregnancy and promote a safe delivery and speedy recovery.

With physical therapy, expectant mothers can benefit from improved strength, posture, flexibility, and mobility during and after pregnancy. This can help pregnant individuals prepare for a healthier labor and delivery experience.

Schedule a consultation with a team member today at (732) 812-5200 to learn more about the benefits of physical therapy for the expectant mother!

What is Pregnancy Physical Therapy?

Pregnancy physical therapy is a type of therapy that can help provide relief from the typical aches and pains associated with pregnancy. It involves a variety of exercises and/or manual manipulation, designed to address issues such as low back pain, hip pain, Sacroiliac joint dysfunction, rib pain, diastasis recti (abdominal separation), pelvic instability, and more.

The goal of pregnancy physical therapy is to reduce discomfort and promote relaxation, while also helping you manage your posture and movement throughout your pregnancy. It may be beneficial for expectant mothers to seek out a qualified prenatal physical therapist who is knowledgeable about the physiological changes during pregnancy and throughout the postpartum period. We’ll be with you every step of the way as you bring new life into the world!

How Physical Therapy Helps, Both During and After Pregnancy

Physical therapists are becoming increasingly more involved in supporting pregnant and postpartum individuals. Evidence suggests that physical therapy can help improve a person’s overall pregnancy outcomes by addressing the musculoskeletal issues associated with childbirth.

A study conducted by the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy examined the effectiveness of an individualized physical therapy program for pregnant and postpartum individuals. Results showed significant improvement in pain, function, and quality of life measurements. The findings demonstrate the benefits of physical therapy in helping a person prepare for and recover from childbirth.

Alleviating Common Pregnancy Symptoms

Many people experience discomfort during pregnancy for various reasons. This can include aches and pains associated with the physical changes and hormonal imbalances, in addition to limited range of motion, mobility, and more. However, these pregnancy symptoms can be alleviated with the right physical therapy and exercise programs, specifically designed to address them. Physical therapists can provide strategies to address common postural changes, muscle imbalances, and joint pain associated with pregnancy-related weight gain.

A pregnant person who experiences pelvic joint pain and dysfunction may also benefit from physical therapy. Therapy techniques often include stretching exercises to ease tension, strengthen muscles around the pelvis, and improve joint function. Additionally, physical therapists may use myofascial release, neuromuscular re-education programs, manual therapy, hot/cold packs, or ultrasound therapy to provide relief from pain and discomfort associated with pelvic joint dysfunction.

It is also common for pregnancy to cause carpal tunnel syndrome due to loosened joints. Treatment typically includes exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles in the forearms and hands. Your physical therapist may also recommend splints or braces for nighttime use to support the wrists and offer relief from discomfort.

Additionally, physical therapists can offer exercises that may help improve endurance and prepare for delivery. Our physical therapists can create individualized plans that focus on posture, proper movement patterns, and core stability, while also educating you on how you can better manage symptoms at home. With the right treatment plan, pregnancy and postpartum aches and pains can be reduced.

Promoting an Active Pregnancy

Being active during pregnancy can have many benefits for you and your baby. Physical activity can help reduce back pain, improve mood, avoid excessive weight gain, and prepare the body for labor and delivery. We will develop an appropriate exercise plan to match your individual needs and preferences.

Our physical therapists may provide specialized exercises that target certain musculoskeletal areas, depending on what symptoms you are experiencing. Our team can also advise you on which activities to avoid and how to modify exercises as needed throughout pregnancy. Physical activity during pregnancy is a safe way to stay healthy, maintain strength, and have a more comfortable pregnancy and delivery experience.

Physical therapists are skilled in providing targeted treatments during and after pregnancy to improve comfort, recovery, and peace of mind. To learn more about our services and how they can benefit you, give us a call at (732) 812-5200 today.