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Prenatal And Postpartum Therapy

Pregnancy and the postpartum period may be the most crucial time period for shaping future physical health over the course of a birthing person’s life. If you are well supported through this phase, it will help protect you from potential issues later in life by setting you up for success.

Unfortunately, there is so much conflicting information out there that it can be really difficult to know how to best support yourself and your baby through this transition. The long and short is that while there are a lot of symptoms that are “common” during the perinatal period, that does not mean they are necessarily “normal” or that there is nothing that we can do about them.

Why see a Pelvic Health Specialist 

Not all physical therapists are comfortable treating patients who are pregnant or in the postpartum period. As pelvic health specialists, we are not only highly qualified, but we sincerely enjoy working with pregnant and postpartum bodies!  

We at Garner Pelvic Health in Greensboro, NC, can both treat current concerns as well as screen for and address postural changes and muscle imbalances that may lead to concerns later down the road. While some of these changes are inevitable to an extent during your pregnancy, they can be minimized and should be addressed and corrected following delivery for optimal health. 

What Makes Our Approach Unique

We will help you determine the cause of any symptoms from a Functional, Integrative, and Lifestyle Medicine (FILM) lens so you can be confident that you are supporting your and your baby’s wellness through and beyond delivery!

One way that we integrate FILM practices at Garner Pelvic Health is through integrating Yoga practices. There are a plethora of studies showing the benefits of yoga during pregnancy Dr. Garner literally wrote the book on Medical Therapeutic Yoga and used the principles within to help her have a natural, unmedicated delivery with her 3 wonderful sons. Whether this is your desire or not, Yoga is a wonderful practice during pregnancy to help you optimize your health!

prenatal and postpartum therapy in Greensboro

When Do I Need Physical Therapy?

Know that it is important to access pelvic health physical therapy whether you have a vaginal or C-section delivery! When the lower abdomen is cut during a C-section, it interrupts the function of the transversus abdominus (TRA), which is the “team-mate” to your pelvic floor. This means that the effects may be slower to show up, but it is not uncommon to start having incontinence and other pelvic floor issues in the absence of vaginal delivery or with no tearing.

If you are having physical symptoms, then you need Physical Therapy. See the list below for some “common” conditions or situations that may arise during the peripartum period that we can help you with. 

Even if you are not having symptoms, it is so likely that dysfunction will occur during pregnancy and postpartum that women in France are automatically signed up for ~ 10-20 sessions of pelvic floor physical therapy after childbirth for free. At a minimum, you should try to attend a class or workshop to learn the “Do’s and Don’ts” for pelvic health prevention! 

 

  • Postpartum Recovery
  • Postpartum Sexual Dysfunction
  • Diastasis Recti
  • C-section Recovery
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Painful penetration
  • Pain during or after intercourse
  • Urinary Incontinence (Stress Incontinence, Urgency/Frequency)
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Urgency (Leakage/Seepage, Constipation)
  • Painful Bowel movements
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Hip Pain, Impingement, Dysplasia, & Post-Hip Arthroscopy Rehab
  • Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) and Pubic Symphysis Pain/Separation
  • TMJ (jaw) Dysfunction &/or Headaches
  • Neck, Back, & Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder Pain & Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Knee Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Birth Preparation

Workshops/Classes

Contact Us Today

Schedule your FREE phone consultation today or sign up by following the links above for an upcoming class or workshop!