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Body After Baby

Childbirth is an incredible experience and the care of a new child frequently takes priority over the mother’s recovery. Many fail to see the all-encompassing impact of pregnancy and childbirth on a woman’s body. During pregnancy, hormones prepare the body for birth by loosening many of the important ligaments in the back and pelvis, therefore decreasing stability. These changes matched with abdominal wall expansion often have an impact on symptoms. Sciatica and low back pain experienced during pregnancy can even continue post birth.
Thankfully there is action that can be taken, both during pregnancy and after, to help keep the body happy. Gentle strengthening and stretching exercises during pregnancy can improve stability and prevent the likelihood of pain or injury. Following birth, these exercises can be progressed to reduce separation of the abdominal wall and promote a tight core preparing the body to return to previously enjoyed activities such as weight lifting or Pilates.

Leaking?

Let It Flow . . . NOT!
Did you know that one in every 3 women is living with urinary incontinence? Most common onset occurs soon after the birth of a child or when we enter menopause. The tragedy behind this statistic is that many women, and sadly, a number of healthcare practitioners, do not realize that there is a very simple exercise that can completely resolve urinary incontinence. AND … it’s NOT Kegels! Give us a call and ask to be evaluated by one of our pelvic floor physical therapists.

What is the Graston Technique®?

The Graston Technique® effectively breaks down scar tissue and reduces inflammation that causes pain and restricted mobility. Used by therapists, the stainless steel instruments comb over and “catch” on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies areas of restriction. The instruments enable clinicians to treat soft tissue lesions with the depth, pressure and specificity necessary to affect the condition at the site of the pain, as well as following the kinetic chain to find and treat the cause. Once the tissue dysfunction has been identified, the instruments break up the scar tissue so it can be absorbed by the body. For more information, see the Graston Technique® website: http://www.grastontechnique.com/AboutUs.html