Fertility, Prenatal and Postpartum Care
At Mindful Matters Wellness we support women from pre-pregnancy to postpartum and beyond. We believe that physical therapy should be an important part of your overall healthcare plan before, during and after pregnancy. The Physical Therapists at Mindful Matters Wellness have all received specialized training to help you before, prepare your body for the physical demands of pregnancy, remain more comfortable and prevent potential health issues during pregnancy and help you heal from labor and delivery.
We use our expertise of the body to give you the best quality care through physical therapy treatments, medically supervised small group fitness classes, health and wellness classes and educational workshops. We provide specialized and personalized care for our patients in a stress free and welcoming environment.
Physical therapy during preconception can help you prepare your body for the physical demands of pregnancy. A physical therapist can assist in finding appropriate exercises to target specific problems and treat nagging injuries before the added stress and weight of pregnancy. Addressing flexibility and strength deficits prior to pregnancy can also make the experience much more comfortable
Many women also struggle with fertility and can have difficulties to become or remain pregnant. A recent study demonstrates the efficacy of manual physical therapy in reversing female infertility attributed to occluded Fallopian tubes, hormonal dysregulation, endometriosis, and unexplained infertility, and in addition has been shown to increase successful in vitro cycles (IVF).
By utilizing manual therapy techniques, the aim is to improve the mobility of the soft tissue structures of the pelvis, including the reproductive organs, improving circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid to aid in the treatment of both structural and hormonal causes of infertility. These techniques may include myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, visceral mobilization, trigger point release (including dry needling), scar tissue mobilization, soft tissue mobilization and muscle energy techniques.
After becoming pregnant, the body undergoes significant changes both the fluctuating hormone levels and the dramatic physical changes can result in musculoskeletal concerns. Our physical therapists can help you address concerns such as altered posture, shortened muscles, potential muscle imbalances, as well as changes in spinal mobility and bone alignment. Our Physical therapists provide patient education, exercise instruction, and hands-on manual therapy to address each of these concerns. Education focuses on proper posture and positioning to ease the stress or strain on ligaments and joints. The physical therapists at MMW can also provide hands-on treatment to address joint and muscular dysfunction.
In preparation for labor and delivery, the MMW team can also assist with appropriate labor and delivery positions. This includes, helping you find relaxing positions for your pelvic floor and instruction on correct pelvic floor contractions to help minimize pain and maximize outcomes during this stage of recovery.
Following delivery, physical therapy is often needed to heal the body from the birthing experience. Giving birth, regardless of how a baby is delivered, takes a toll on a women’s body. After child birth your hormones fluctuate again and your body undergoes additional physical changes that can effect joint mobility, potential muscle imbalances, weakness of the core stabilizers and altered spinal mobility and function.
The Physical Therapists at MMW treat a wide variety of postpartum issues including back pain, diastasis recti, scarring, c-Section, episiotomy, or perineal tearing pelvic floor weakness, prolapse urinary or fecal incontinence and pelvic pain.
Mindful Matters Wellness offers Discovery Visits are for those who are unsure whether or not Physical Therapy is right for them. Discovery Visits are free of charge and don't require any forms or obligation to continue with treatment. It is just an opportunity for you to speak with a Doctor of Physical Therapy and get your questions about physical therapy answered.