How can physical therapy benefit moms?

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How can physical therapy benefit moms? That is an excellent question, and Tri-County’s physical therapy team is here to answer it! Pregnancy is one of the toughest challenges a woman can face. It comes with many rewards, but it undeniably strains the body. Working with a dedicated team of physical therapists can make the journey to motherhood so much easier.

“Women’s Health physical therapy is focused on caring for you during both your pregnancy and post-partum journey. In physical therapy, we can help reduce pain, improve mobility, prevent injury, and keep you feeling strong during pregnancy and get you back to doing the things you love postpartum.” – Kayli Mollberg, DPT

For the expecting mother, we offer these services:

  • Mobility maintenance
  • Body mechanics training to reduce strain on the neck and lower back
  • Pressure management to reduce the risk of urinary leakage or prolapse
  • Core engagement to support a growing belly and improve recovery after giving birth
  • Early education on postpartum precautions
  • Proper breathing techniques
  • Aquatic therapy for reduced pressure through joints

Postpartum care

Our care doesn’t end after pregnancy. The body still has much healing to do, and physical therapy at Tri-County Health Care can assess and treat a wide range of issues stemming from pregnancy and delivery. Additionally, postpartum services include:

  • Early postpartum mobility management
  • Pelvic floor activation for improved strength and preventing incontinence and prolapse
  • Postural education and body mechanics
  • Reestablishing coordination of breath control and muscle activation
  • Scar tissue mobility (grade 1-4 tearing)

Incontinence

Some mothers experience issues with bladder and bowel control during and after pregnancy. This is a problem that many find too difficult or embarrassing to discuss but should be addressed by the proper care team. Physical therapy is once again here to help. They have several techniques and exercises that can alleviate and, in some cases, completely stop the problem. Remember, incontinence is not a normal condition for any age group, so make sure to seek help from trained specialists if you suffer from these issues.

To better understand incontinence, please watch the video below. It provides valuable and fascinating information on how the human body processes waste.

How can physical therapy benefit moms? Of course, the answer is at Tri-County Health Care. For more information on physical therapy, please visit TCHC.org. For scheduling an appointment, please call 218-631-3510. Remember to follow Tri-County Health Care on social media for regular updates.


Meyer: Motherhood and movement

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Over the summer, I gave birth to my fourth child. As a healthcare professional, I’m fortunate to have easy access to care almost all the time. However, this doesn’t make childbirth any less intense. I had a great team that worked with me every step of the way by helping me feel empowered. This experience has me thinking about my life and motherhood a lot. From my perspective, having children is one of the great joys of life, but it can be scary and come with many sleepless nights. Even with all the challenges it brings, it’s worth it in the end.

I know many expecting mothers out there are going through the not-so-fun phases of pregnancy. The sore back, the kicking, and nausea can be a tough, debilitating time. As a provider and a mother that has gone through this several times, I would like to offer some advice. Every child is different. Things that work for one child might not work for the other. You will know your child best, but you need the help of others to get to that magical day of birth. You’ll also need a support system before and after the baby finally arrives. Even the best moms need help, don’t be afraid to ask.

Secondly, get up and move! Whatever kind of exercise you can do, do it! It will give you strength and energy. It’s also a good habit to continue after the baby is born. It’s good for you and sets an example for your son or daughter as they get older.

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Alison Meyer, APRN, FNP

Alison Meyer, APRN, FNP

My last bit of advice is to rest when you need to. Pregnancy is emotionally and physically strenuous, so listen to your body and get a full night’s rest. I know cutting down on late-night TV can be challenging, but it will make pregnancy much easier.

Remember to build your support system, sleep and get moving! Also, motherhood is much easier with a care team in your corner, so check in often.

Sincerely,

Alison Meyer, APRN, FNP 

Tri-County Health Care