Pregnancy & Postpartum Wellness...
Low back & pelvic pain
Scar massage: Scar releasing following mastectomy, c-sections and episiotomy to decrease formation of painful scars and shortening of tissues.
Birth preparation: As your body changes physically to accommodate your growing baby and prepares for childbirth you may experience new aches and pains. Physical therapy is a natural and non-invasive approach to supporting your needs. During the 3rd trimester, your body produces an amazing amount of hormones to help you prepare for birth. We work closely with women to prepare your body using manual therapy, pelvic floor biofeedback, stabilization, Pilates Reformers, Pilates CoreAlign, sleeping position modification, birthing positions, mat exercises, self perineal massage and patient education.
Pregnancy & Postpartum Exercise Programs
Soft tissue massage/mobilizations
Pelvic floor stretching
An Accidental loss of urine from the bladder. This can be due to muscle weakness or spasming/tightness of pelvic floor and gluteal muscles and is very common during pregnancy. Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles DURING pregnancy will help to avoid urinary and rectal incontinence and pelvic pain postpartum. Incontinence is not normal after pregnancy and is highly treatable with proper strengthening of the pelvic floor musculature.
There are different types of bladder incontinence.
The primary symptom is a sudden and strong urge to urinate that cannot be postponed. Sometimes there is a specific trigger such as the sound of running water or knowing there is a toilet near by.
Stress incontinence is the unintentional loss of urine prompted by movement such as when getting out of bed, squatting, laughing or coughing. Stress incontinence is common during pregnancy as your baby grows due to the increased pressure on the bladder and increased weight on the pelvic floor muscles.
The unintentional loss of urine due to both urge and stress incontinence.
Perineal massage is the practice of gently elongating the perineal tissue to prepare for childbirth and reduce the incidence of tearing during delivery. Rhonda teaches her patients how to also perform this technique at home several weeks before birth.