Tri-Aquatics Gives Moms Some Relaxation and Strengthening

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By: Andrea Pettit, Tri-County Health Care Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA)

Andrea with her family.

The water is a great environment to be in when you are pregnant! Water can help with swelling, and the buoyancy of water can help take some pressure from the baby off of your pelvis. Our therapy pool is a warm 90-92 degrees, not too warm for you and your baby, but it allows great relaxation for those achy, sore muscles. It feels great!

With my last pregnancy, I was in the pool three days a week, and it was awesome to be able to continue to exercise without pain. Then, after Boone was born, getting back in the pool was a great place for me to start core-strengthening exercises.

Tri-Aquatics started about two years ago with some of the staff participating in special training. Stacey Callahan, PT, DPT, and I recently attended continuing education aquatic classes aimed at female clients and have even more great things to share with you. We learned specific stretches and strengthening exercises, such as hip flexor stretches and modified yoga stretching and strengthening to help relieve pain and keep you active throughout your pregnancy.

You don’t need a membership at the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center (MAS) to join the Moms Course, and the class is free. Yes, free!

If you need further work with physical therapy, it could be covered under your insurance. You do not need to wear a swimsuit. It can be shorts and a T-shirt if that’s what you’re comfortable in. In fact, a lot of our patients wear shorts and a T-shirt.

Can’t wait to see you in class!

*Our next Moms Course will be held on Monday, May 22, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the MAS, and you’re invited! The instructors are Stacey Callahan, PT, DPT, and Andrea Pettit, PTA.

To register, click here. Class size is limited to 10 attendees.

 


Tri Aquatics: New Mom Course

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Jeremy & his family.

Jeremy & his family.

Hello all, my name is Jeremy Meyer. I have been a Physical Therapist at TCHC for nearly eight years. I have two beautiful children with my gorgeous wife Alison who also works for TCHC as a Nurse Practitioner, primarily at the Bertha Clinic. When my wife was pregnant with our almost 2-year-old daughter, she was starting to get a lot of low back pain and sacroiliac joint pain (SI pain). She had a significant amount of swelling in her legs starting at 17 weeks. At that time the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center was not up and running yet but was close to opening. Luckily, we were able to transform our home spa from a hot tub to a lukewarm pregnant momma sanctuary. The Physical Therapist in me knew the water would benefit her and this was the best we had at the time. It really seemed to benefit her swelling, reduce her low-back pain and give her 30-40 minutes of reduced discomfort in her entire body. Not only was I excited that my wife could find some comfort, but I was also excited for our patients and community knowing that TCHC would have access to the warm water therapy pool once the wellness center was open in Wadena. This was amazing when my wife was pregnant with our son who is 3-months-old now. The therapy pool is much bigger and nicer than our lukewarm pregnant momma sanctuary at home!

What is Tri Aquatic Therapy?

Tri Aquatic Therapy is a specialized form of physical and occupational therapy. It not only improves motion and flexibility, but also the warmth of 92°F water provides therapeutic effects to allow a patient’s muscles to relax while helping to reduce pain. Through an arrangement with the Maslowski Wellness & Research Center, Tri-County Health Care offers access to one of the area’s premiere therapy pools. Paired with our highly skilled and trained staff, patients can expect one of the most comprehensive therapy programs in central Minnesota.

Tri Aquatic Therapy

Tri Aquatic Therapy

We have now been in the warm water therapy pool at the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center for nearly two years. We’ve utilized the pool for patients of all ages and impairments. Including:

  • Pediatric patients for strengthening, coordination, and sensory impairments.
  • Patients with low back pain, arthritic pain, and return to function after healing from a surgery.
  • Reduction of pain in our new expecting mothers.
  • New mothers who are still having issues after bringing a new life to this world.

I feel that we at TCHC can do more for all of the new mothers or expecting mothers in our community. Utilization of the warm water pool is an amazing place to start. The Maslowski Wellness and Research Center is an awesome facility with an out of this world staff.

We’re excited to be hosting our first-ever Tri Aquatics Moms Course on November 10th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm! Stacey Callahan, PT, DPT (mom of one), and Katherine Dittmann, COTA (mom of two), who are also aquatictriaquaticsmomscoursefb therapists, will guide mothers through this relaxing one-hour-class.  They each personally know the benefits of getting into the warm water pool for reducing pain and maintaining strength during the pregnancy. They know how safe it is to be in the water and will share their personal stories with you at the class.

You don’t have to be a member at the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center to attend to the class. As well, you don’t have to be a patient at TCHC. The class is free, but is limited to 15 people. Please contact TCHC Rehab front desk at 218-631-7475 to reserve your spot for the class.

To learn more click here:  http://www.tchc.org/education-and-resources/event-listing/triaquatics-moms-course.