Pregnancy Physical Therapy
Treatment for back pain and pregnancy symptoms
The physical challenges of pregnancy can make it hard to live your life without interruption. Many of these physical challenges are unavoidable. However, they do not have to be so overwhelming that they cause you to live in severe discomfort. Physical therapy during pregnancy can help alleviate pregnancy symptoms while helping you stay fit and healthy. Not only will this help with the pregnancy itself, but it can also help you recover after your pregnancy. The better shape your body is in, the better it is for your labor, delivery and recovery.
Physical therapy during pregnancy can help manage the following:
- Lower back pain
- Bad posture
- Joint pain
- Weakened muscles
- Reduced flexibility
- Limited mobility
It’s a common misconception that any discomfort you feel during pregnancy is just a normal part of the process. It’s true that it takes a physical toll, but you don’t have to simply live with all the pain and discomfort you experience. Taking steps to stay active and healthy can be beneficial for both you and your developing baby.
What does physical therapy for pregnancy involve?
Learning how to exercise when pregnant is a different experience from most physical therapy programs. For the safety of you and your child, it is important to consult with a knowledgeable pregnancy physical therapist regarding effective exercises and treatments.
Physical therapy while pregnant may involve the following:
- Hot/cold therapy
- Posture correction
- Joint and perineal massage
- Education and guidance through pregnancy-safe exercises
- Stabilization exercises
Physical therapy programs are customized to meet the unique needs of each patient. Before creating your plan, our physical therapists will perform a comprehensive assessment to evaluate your symptoms and current condition. Once we have a better idea of how your body has responded to the pregnancy we can start building your treatment program.
Referral required for this service. If you need one, talk to your primary
care provider or OB/GYN.
To establish care with a St. Luke’s primary care provider, call 218.249.4000 or find a clinic near you.