Even though being pregnant is truly a magical and exciting time, there’s no denying that it can seriously take a toll on women’s bodies, mental and physical well-being.
Your body goes through a multitude of changes and emotions as you get closer to the delivery and become a mother. It’s normal to experience pains and aches during this stage of your life, but there’s nothing a little physical therapy can’t help with.
In this blog, we’ll help you understand the benefits of utilizing physical therapy before and after your pregnancy.
Benefits during pregnancy
According to the American Pregnancy Association, around 70% of pregnant women experience back pains during their childbearing years. Changes in hormones, weight gains, poor posture, and obviously the additional weight all add to this growing issue.
A physical therapist will understand your condition and its causes and create a treatment plan to reduce your back pain, help with posture, strength and suggest lightweight exercises and workout routines to keep you in shape.
With additional pain, daily activities and functions also become a tedious chore. You’re no longer able to function as you did prior to your pregnancy, and visiting a physiotherapist will help alleviate some of this stress.
Benefits before and after delivery
As you prepare for the upcoming big day, your physical therapists guide you with labor and delivery positions specific to your needs and dysfunctions. Additionally, they also assist you with finding relaxing positions that may increase a sense of comfort and control during the birthing stage.
Your pelvic floor contracts during delivery, and these relaxation positions will help minimize your pain and help during the recovery period.
After your delivery, you’ll need to learn how to contract your pelvic floor for fast healing, relieve any congestion and alleviate your tailbone or back pains. Recovering also means making your way back to simple exercises that will reduce the risk of fecal and urinal incontinence for several years to come.
Now that you have a child taking proper care of your physical and mental well-being is exceptionally crucial for your child too. Visiting a physical therapy clinic before, during, and after your pregnancy will make the magical time a lot less stressful and pain-free as you learn about exercises and positions to help your case.
Where can you find a physical therapist?
Are you looking for a reliable and qualified physical therapist to guide you through prenatal or postpartum care? Check out our Women’s Health program.
At Healing Hands, we cater to women and their physical needs with our personalized treatment plans and services. We utilize soft tissue mobilization, therapeutic massage, cold laser therapy, direct muscle stimulation, and cupping massage to address a multitude of issues.
For more information, reach out to us!