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How physical therapy can help after childbirth


June 10, 2020

Congratulations! Whether you recently welcomed a new child into the world, or you are about to, we are excited for you. With all of the new joys that parenthood brings, you might find yourself struggling to find time for yourself. But, one thing you should definitely make time for after childbirth is physical therapy in Wyoming. Here are some of the many ways new moms can benefit from physical therapy:

Back Pain
It’s no secret that pregnancy can cause low back pain, but did you know this pain can continue after you’ve given birth? If you’re sick of experiencing back pain on a daily basis, get in touch with a physical therapist to discuss your options. Physical therapists can create a customized treatment plan depending on the cause and location of your back pain. Instead of treating pain with medication, physical therapists will use methods such as massages, gentle workouts, and behavioral modifications. 

Incontinence
Many women experience incontinence issues after giving birth, which can be difficult to adjust to, not to mention embarrassing to talk about. But, you have nothing to fear, because a physical therapist can help you manage this condition. A physical therapist can help you strengthen your pelvic floor using kegel exercises, myofascial release techniques, and manual therapy techniques. After you complete the recommended treatment plan, you should see a huge improvement in your ability to control your bladder and bowels. 

Scar Complications
If you had a C-section, ask your physician for a referral to a physical therapist as soon as possible. As scar tissue begins to form, it may start to adhere to other tissue or even worse, organs underneath your skin. If this happens to you, you may experience a number of different complications such as low back pain, pelvic pain, pain during intercourse, and frequent urination. How can a physical therapist help? Massaging the C-section scar can help direct the scar tissue and ensure it grows in the correct areas so it does not cause you any long-term pain. It’s possible that scar tissue will continue to grow for up to two years after you give birth, so it’s important to start physical therapy early and stick with it until you have fully recovered.

Preparation 
Are you planning on having more children in the future? Physical therapy can help you strengthen your core muscles, adjust your posture, prepare your pelvic floor, and learn new breathing techniques so you have a smooth pregnancy and delivery.  

At North Platte Physical Therapy, we’re dedicated to helping new moms stay healthy and prevent injuries. If you have any questions, contact North Platte Physical Therapy to learn more about how we can help you after you give birth to a child. Our staff is praised throughout the Wyoming and Nebraska areas for our commitment to our clients. We can fulfill comprehensive physical therapy services, and would be happy to customize a treatment plan for your personal needs.