Physical Therapy During Pregnancy

Physical Therapy During Pregnancy

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Anna Siliciano, Doctor of Physical Therapy

The body undergoes many amazing physical changes during pregnancy while making a baby.  Unfortunately, many women also experience pain during pregnancy due increased weight, lengthening of abdominal muscles, hormonal changes and postural changes.  The most common physical complaints are low back pain, sacral- iliac joint pain/dysfunction, and sciatica.  Other complaints include neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, diastasis recti, urinary incontinence, thoracic pain, pubic symphysis pain, leg cramps, and shortness of breath.

All of the above issues can be addressed with physical therapy intervention, or even better they can be prevented or lessened with physical therapy at the beginning of pregnancy.  Preventative physical therapy includes instruction in appropriate stretching/strengthening exercises, education regarding proper postural alignment and body mechanics as well as recommendations on other appropriate interventions.  Physical therapy treatment for established symptoms can involve: pain management strategies, soft tissue mobilization, aquatic therapy, cupping therapy, taping, instruction in appropriate core stabilization exercises and stretches and aquatic therapy.   We can also help find the appropriate maternity support belt to decrease the pressure of the growing abdomen.

Pregnancy is no reason to stop being active and doing the things you love.  Call our office to schedule a visit today for a happy, healthy pregnancy!


An SI belt helps to support the Sacroiliac Joint
during pregnancy and can help to decrease pain.

Testimonials

I completed a six week internship with RMPT, part of which I was with Rob in the Loveland office. Rob is an extremely knowledgeable, professional, and caring DPT. I thoroughly enjoyed my time learning the trade from him. I highly recommend this office for your physical therapy needs. -Chelsey, Loveland (Google Review 5stars)


I recently completed a six week internship with RMPT. I spent most of it with Amie and Jess in the Windsor clinic. They both are extremely knowledgeable, compassionate, and well rounded. I highly recommended using RMPT for all of your therapy needs. Chelsey, Windsor (Google Review 5stars)

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