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How Physical Therapy Helps With Postpartum Recovery

How Physical Therapy Helps With Postpartum Recovery

By: Christina Reeh, PTA

Glen Burnie Location


Postpartum Physical therapy can play a vital role in helping with recovery, regaining your strength, and restoring optimal function. In this blog, we will explore how physical therapy can be a game changer for postpartum recovery, and exercises, and enhance overall well-being. 


Restoring Pelvic Floor Function With Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy: During pregnancy and childbirth, the pelvic floor muscles undergo significant strain. Physical therapists can provide targeted exercises and techniques to help restore pelvic floor strength and function. These exercises, such as Kegels and biofeedback training, can aid in preventing or treating urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and pain during intercourse. 


Abdominal Rehabilitation: The abdominal muscles undergo stretching and separation during pregnancy, leading to weakened core strength and stability. Physical therapy provides personalized abdominal rehabilitation programs, focusing on retraining the deep core muscles, such as the transverse abdominis. These exercises help close abdominal separation, re-establish abdominal strength, and improve posture and stability.


Pain Management Physical Therapy: Postpartum recovery can involve discomfort, such as low back and hip pain. Physical therapists can address these areas of pain, by providing therapeutic techniques like manual therapy, gentle stretching, and targeted exercises. By reducing pain and promoting healing, physical therapy enhances overall well-being during the recovery process.

Restoring Posture and Alignment: The physical changes that occur during pregnancy can contribute to postural imbalances, such as rounded shoulders or an exaggerated lower back curve. Physical therapists evaluate posture and alignment, providing corrective exercises and education to restore optimal alignment, relieve strain on the body, and promote better posture for daily activities. 
Physical Therapy is an invaluable resource in postpartum recovery, offering care to aid in healing and regaining strength. From restoring pelvic floor health, healing abdominal muscles, relieving back and joint pain, and promoting optimal posture and body mechanics, physical therapists can play a crucial role in your recovery journey. Reach out to our local Maryland physical therapists and embrace the opportunity to reclaim your strength and thrive in your postpartum experience! You got this!

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