Post-Partum Conditions

Incontinence

Postpartum incontinence is a common condition where women experience the involuntary leakage of urine during activities that increase abdominal pressure, such as coughing, sneezing, or exercising and/or when they feel a strong urge to urinate. Physical therapy can be highly beneficial in addressing and managing postpartum incontinence. Here’s how physical therapy can help:

  1. Pelvic floor and core muscle rehabilitation: A physical therapist specializing in pelvic health can provide specific exercises to strengthen the core muscles. These exercises improve muscle tone and control, helping to reduce or eliminate episodes of urinary leakage.
  2. Education on proper pelvic floor activation: Many women may not be aware of how to properly engage and activate their pelvic floor muscles. A physical therapist can provide education and guidance on the correct technique for pelvic floor exercises, ensuring optimal effectiveness.
  3. Biofeedback: Physical therapists can use biofeedback techniques to assist women in better understanding and connecting with their pelvic floor muscles. These techniques provide visual or sensory cues to enhance muscle activation and coordination.
  4. Bladder retraining: Physical therapists can guide women through bladder retraining programs, which involve scheduled voiding, fluid management, and strategies to gradually increase bladder capacity and reduce urgency.
  5. Lifestyle modifications: Physical therapists can provide advice on lifestyle modifications that can positively impact postpartum incontinence, such as dietary adjustments, adequate hydration, and healthy bowel habits.
  6. Behavioral techniques: Physical therapists may use behavioral techniques, such as urge suppression techniques and pelvic floor muscle contractions during activities that trigger leakage, to help manage postpartum incontinence.
  7. Core and postural exercises: Strengthening the core muscles and improving overall posture can indirectly support the pelvic floor muscles. Physical therapists can provide exercises and guidance on safe postpartum exercises to promote core stability and optimal muscle function.

Apex Physical Therapy & Wellness Center is here to help

Our skilled team of pelvic floor physical therapists will perform a thorough evaluation to identify areas of impairment that are contributing to your symptoms. Following the exam, your physical therapist will work with you to create a plan of care that best suits your personal goals and needs.

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