Pelvic floor physical therapy postpartum can be incredibly beneficial for many women for several reasons. Here are some key reasons why you should consider it:
Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation: Pregnancy and childbirth can put significant strain on the pelvic floor muscles, which can lead to various issues like urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, and prolapse. Pelvic floor physical therapy can help you rehabilitate and strengthen these muscles, improving their function and reducing the risk of problems.
Pain Relief: Many women experience pain in the pelvic area after childbirth, especially if they had a vaginal delivery. Pelvic floor physical therapy can provide techniques and exercises to alleviate this pain and improve your overall comfort.
Urinary and Bowel Issues: Postpartum, some women may experience urinary incontinence (leaking urine), fecal incontinence (difficulty controlling bowel movements), or constipation. Pelvic floor therapy can help address these issues by teaching you techniques to improve control and function of the pelvic floor muscles.
Sexual Function: Childbirth can affect sexual function and satisfaction due to changes in pelvic floor muscle tone and sensation. Pelvic floor physical therapy can address these issues and help improve sexual function and comfort.
Posture and Alignment: Pregnancy often causes changes in posture and alignment as your body adjusts to the growing baby. Pelvic floor therapy can address musculoskeletal issues related to these changes and help you regain proper alignment and posture.
C-section Recovery: Even if you had a C-section, your pelvic floor can still be affected. Scar tissue from the surgery can impact pelvic floor function, and physical therapy can help with healing and recovery. You may also benefit from physical therapy for scar tissue management, abdominal muscle rehabilitation, and exercise progression.
Prevention and Long-Term Health: Addressing pelvic floor issues postpartum is not just about immediate relief but also about preventing long-term problems. Pelvic floor therapy can help you avoid more serious issues that may develop in the future.
Personalized Care: Pelvic floor physical therapy is tailored to your specific needs. A therapist will assess your condition and design a customized treatment plan that addresses your unique concerns and goals.
Improved Quality of Life: Overall, pelvic floor physical therapy can significantly enhance your quality of life postpartum by addressing physical discomfort, improving function, and helping you regain confidence in your body.
Interested? Contact Sage Physical Therapy today to learn more or to schedule an appointment!