Physical therapy can be highly beneficial in the management and rehabilitation of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) after giving birth. Here’s how physical therapy can help:
- Pelvic floor muscle training: Physical therapists can teach exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which can help support the pelvic organs and reduce symptoms of prolapse. These exercises may include kegel exercises, but the focus will be on proper technique and progression tailored to your specific needs.
- Pelvic floor muscle relaxation: In cases where pelvic floor muscles are overly tight or in spasm, a physical therapist can provide techniques and guidance for pelvic floor muscle relaxation. This can help alleviate discomfort and reduce excessive tension in the pelvic floor muscles.
- Pressure Management Strategies: Physical therapists can teach you proper postural alignment, body mechanics, and breathing strategies to minimize the strain on the pelvic floor and pelvic organs.
Behavioral and activity modification: A physical therapist can help you modify activities and behaviors that may exacerbate your prolapse symptoms. They can provide guidance on appropriate exercise modifications, lifting techniques, defecation strategies and how to manage intra-abdominal pressure during activities.
Coordination with healthcare team: Physical therapists often collaborate with other healthcare providers involved in the management of POP, such as gynecologists or urogynecologists. They can work together to ensure a comprehensive approach to your care.
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.