Physical therapists are the most well trained health care provider to address pain and prevent unnecessary opioid use, but unfortunately, are often under-referred and underutilized.
Our current maternal healthcare system is generally great at providing education and support for pregnant women. There is so much planning and preparation going into healthy pregnancies and deliveries, but often little is brought up regarding what to expect for her body after delivery. This is where pelvic floor physical therapy comes in.
Whether you are an experienced runner or adding it into your lifestyle for the first time, if you experience any of the following, seek out a qualified physical therapist.
Firstly, I would like it to be known that my opinion is that every woman deserves pelvic floor physical therapy postpartum, no matter if she delivered vaginally or by cesarean section. Pregnancy and childbirth change our bodies in miraculous and tremendous ways and I believe we as a society could honor those changes more by making rehabilitation after childbirth standard care. However, that is not yet the case so for now I would like to shed light on some postpartum experiences that definitely call for pelvic floor physical therapy.