Neck and Shoulder Pain
Neck and shoulder pain is a common issue experienced by many women after giving birth and is typically related to feeding and holding their baby. Physical therapy can be an effective approach to alleviate and manage postpartum neck and shoulder pain. Here’s how physical therapy can help:
- Posture correction and ergonomic education: A physical therapist can assess your posture and provide education on proper alignment and ergonomics during activities such as breastfeeding, carrying your baby, and lifting. Correcting and optimizing your posture can help reduce strain on the neck and shoulder muscles.
- Manual therapy techniques: Physical therapists can use manual therapy techniques such as soft tissue mobilization, massage, and joint mobilizations to alleviate muscle tension and improve flexibility in the neck and shoulder region. These techniques can help relieve pain and restore normal movement.
- Postural exercises and retraining: Physical therapists can guide you through exercises that focus on strengthening the muscles responsible for maintaining good posture. By improving postural alignment and muscle balance, you can reduce stress on the neck and shoulders.
- Pain management techniques: Physical therapists can teach you pain management techniques, such as heat or cold therapy, relaxation techniques, and self-massage, to help alleviate discomfort and promote muscle relaxation.
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.