The Postpartum Patient

During the postnatal period, women can struggle with diastasis recti, weak pelvic floor muscles, altered pelvic girdle alignment and postural dysfunction that can manifest into various symptoms, including muscle imbalance, dysfunction, and pain.  These issues often go ignored since these women are busy adapting to motherhood and many health care professionals tell you that it is normal.  The changes that occur to the body in the peripartum period can last for decades if left untreated and result in suboptimal movement strategies, poor breathing patterns, persistent weakness and pain, as well as an increased incidence of bladder and bowel incontinence later in life.  With proper screening and guidance, the patient can address their postural, pelvic floor, and abdominal muscle changes and have a successful return to a pain free lifestyle, optimizing wellness and musculoskeletal function.  

Services offered/Conditions Treated:

  • Cesarean management and scar massage
  • Perineal scar management and scar massage
  • Diastasis recti rehabilitation
  • Abdominal splinting instruction
  • Pelvic floor awareness training and strengthening
  • Organ prolapse treatment and management
  • Dyspareunia or painful intercourse
  • Urinary urgency, frequency and incontinence/dysfunctional voiding
  • Bowel urgency, frequency and incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Pelvic girdle pain
  • Shoulder/elbow/wrist/hand pain
  • Postural training and movement awareness
  • How to move with your baby
  • Self-care techniques to manage aches and pains
  • Breast feeding positioning and ergonomics
  • Mastitis manual breast drainage
  • Guided return to exercise 

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