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Let’s get real mommas…The journey to becoming a parent does not end with labor and delivery. There are not only a lot of physical changes that your body goes through, but you are also learning what a whole new normal is for your life and new bundle of joy. As exciting as this journey can be, it can also be a rollercoaster of change. The physical changes our bodies experience after having a child also come with emotional changes, social changes, and relationship changes. Many times your friends, family members and even physicians will prepare you for the changes you will go through when it comes to taking care of your new baby, breast feeding and sleep deprivation, but rarely are you prepared for what to expect from your body after you have a baby.  This time period is referred to as “postpartum”. If you are talked to about your new postpartum body, the conversation usually leaves you feeling like you should expect these things to be your new normal.

What if I told you that the separation in your abdomen does not have to be your new normal?

What if I told you that the accidental peeing in your pants does not have to be your new normal?

What if I told you that the low back pain or tailbone pain you feel does not have to be your new normal?

What if I told you that you don’t have to manage all these things on your own?

A Physical Therapist is the golden ticket to your postpartum journey. A physical therapist can help you with the physical changes you experience after having a baby and get you on a great path to feeling better.

You may consider seeing a Physical Therapist after having a baby if you experience:

  • Pain in your low back, tail bone, pelvic floor and/or SI joint
  • Separation of your abdominal muscle also known as Diastasis Recti
  • Accidental leakage when exercising, jumping, coughing, or sneezing also known as Stress Incontinence
  • Shoulder or neck pain that comes from holding your child and treat feeding

Remember although many of these symptoms are common after having a baby, that does not mean they are normal, but the good news is you can get relief with the care you receive from your Physical Therapist. Be sure to start your postpartum journey on the right path by contacting your Physical Therapist. Schedule a free phone call consultation, or call 1-888-THERAPY to schedule your postpartum appointment today.

Jackie Giese, LPTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Physical Therapy Consultants, Inc.

December 5th, 2018

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Calling all women!! It is time to have an open and honest conversation. So who is ready to open up the dialogue and start talking about life after pregnancy?

Having a baby is one of the many blessings we, as women, get to experience. But, that does not come without sacrifice and change. The change we are going to talk about today is embarrassing, and something many women go through privately.

But what if… just what if we stop hiding behind closed doors and bring to the forefront the mere fact that many of us pee our pants.

Yep, I said it. WE PEE OUR PANTS!

Now of course this bladder debacle is not purposeful. We don’t intentionally pee ourselves. It is actually a condition called Stress Incontinence and it is very common with women, especially postpartum women. BUT we have to know that just because this is common, does not mean it is normal. In fact, many of us joke about that fact that we laugh, cough or sneeze and end up peeing but let’s be honest, that joke is merely a tool used to hide embarrassment and convince ourselves that this is how we have to live the rest of our lives.

What if you had an opportunity to STOP accidentally peeing your pants when you exercise, laugh, cough and sneeze? Would you take it?

Before we talk about how we can improve our quality of life by treating Stress Incontinence, we first have to understand Stress Incontinence. Stress Incontinence occurs when we place “stress” on our bladder from physical activity or movement. It occurs when the muscles that surround or support your bladder become weak. Weakness of the bladder’s support system or “pelvic floor muscles” can occur for a variety of reasons one of which is childbirth.

We already have enough going on with a new baby that thinking of ourselves is one of the last things on the agenda. And many us will talk with our friends who experience the same obnoxious leakage that we do, so we settle in knowing that because others experience similar issues that we do we just have to deal with the fact that we now pee our pants.

Let’s stop settling for the abnormal and start advocating for a better quality of life. What would It mean to you to be able to jump on a trampoline with your kids, or cough without crossing your legs?

If you said that it would be the difference in you doing what you WANT to do versus settling for sitting on the sidelines then you should seek the expert advice of a physical therapist.

YES… I said PHYSICAL THERAPIST!!

A Physical Therapist that has specialized training in pelvic pain and incontinence can help YOU have dry pants in as few at 4-5 visits, especially if your kids are still kids!

YEP! I said relief in as few as 4-5 visits!! Sign me up!

Let’s stop taking something that is common and allowing it to become “normal” when we have resources to solve the problem and live a better life.

Reach out to Dr. Lindsey Johnson, Physical Therapist and Pelvic Floor Specialist at St. Francis Physical Therapy for more questions or a private free phone consultation. Call (763) 753-8804 or click the Consultation tab at the top of our website www.physicaltherapyptc.com.

Jackie Giese, LPTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Community Outreach Coordinator
Physical Therapy Consultants

November 14th, 2018

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If you are pregnant or postpartum and your stomach seems to be protruding more than normal, you may have a condition called diastasis recti. I know, it’s a mouthful! This condition affects approximately 30% of women in which the abdominal muscles widen causing the stomach to create a bulge. It’s very important to identify the condition so that you do not engage in any activities or exercises that may worsen the separation. There are a lot of questions women have when they have this condition. What exercises should I do to help? Is this something that happens to everyone and can you prevent it from occurring?

When Does Diastasis Recti Happen?
This is a condition that mostly only happens during pregnancy. It’s usually in either the second or third trimester and doesn’t happen to everyone. It happens when the muscles within the abdomen separate so the connective tissue stretches either side causing a bulge in the lower abdomen.

Are There Movements That You Need to Avoid??
Do not strain your stomach muscles by lifting heavy objects or when constipated.
Do NOT do exercises that utilize your upper abdominals such as sit ups, crunches, push ups or planks.

Don’t Panic!

One things is important is that you avoid panicking about the condition. Your doctor will keep an eye on your stomach muscles and will determine when more excessive treatment such as Physical Therapy is needed. Our pelvic floor specialists at our St. Francis location will create an individualized exercise program based on your needs to decrease risk of increased abdominal separation. They will guide you through exercises that are safe for the condition and will aim to strengthen your lower abdominal muscles. The Physical Therapy will educate you in proper technique with specific functional tasks, such as rolling, transferring, lifting and other tasks that require effort to decrease your risk of separation worsening.

Top Exercise for Diastasis Recti
The transversus abdominis is the deepest of the abdominal muscles and wraps around the abdomen between the lower ribs and top of the pelvis, functioning like a corset. We need to train this muscle before we strengthen it. The first step is to learn to isolate the muscle.

Lying on your back, bend both knees up, draw your belly button in and think about connecting or drawing the muscle, as if closing two book covers. You should feel the tension under your fingers when palpating your lower abdomen. Hold contraction for 5 sec while breathing normally. Repeat 10 times.

Kaitlyn Grell, LPTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
St. Francis Physical Therapy

August 8th, 2018

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