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Why Prenatal Physical Therapy is a Great Idea

This is an often overlooked concept in the PT landscape - which is curious, because it is very important!

Pregnancy results in many changes to the body. These changes are hormonal, physiological and structural. This “temporary body” brings with it many uncomfortable and often challenging demands. Especially with all the hustle and motion in New York City, physical therapy can help adjust to those demands, but it requires a practitioner with specialized knowledge and training. We have that training and can help you through this experience!

We take the whole body under consideration when addressing your needs during pregnancy and, above all, safety is first! We are concerned that this “temporary body” has added significant weight and moved your center of gravity at a time when hormones are telling your ligaments to relax and lengthen. We help you address those changes without unduly stressing your muscles, joints, and ligaments.

We focus on executing basic functional movements and minimize your risk of injury. Initially we need to assess your newly acquired sitting and standing posture. This will help prevent structural damage to delicate tissues. Beyond the basics our ultimate goal is to decrease pain in the later trimesters, strengthen your core and pelvic floor in preparation for labor. In addition, good core integrity will speed up delivery, the rate of post-natal healing and avoid incontinence issues. And, let’s not under-estimate its’ importance, we to optimize your sleep position so you cam recharge for the next day’s responsibility.

A good night’s sleep is integral to how enjoyable your experience is with pregnancy and how optimistically you approach the new challenges of being a parent. At Pivotal, we help make the experience of being pregnant safer and more pleasant. Working with pregnant women is particularly rewarding because it is a life changing event and we get to help! It doesn’t get much better than that!

Schedule a physical therapy appointment today and let us help you find more comfort in this exciting stage of your life!

Published on by shawn platzker.