Post and Prenatal

Proactive, Low-Cost Prenatal Physical Therapy Reduces Pregnancy Complications, Eases Labor and Delivery, and Shortens Recovery Time for Mothers

Even during the economic downturn, it is vital not to cut out good prenatal care. Prenatal Physical Therapy is covered by insurance and can save money in the long run. New research studies from Mayo Clinic are confirming the benefits of regular exercise during pregnancy and in fact, Prenatal Physical Therapy (which targets specific pregnancy issues vs. traditional exercise at the gym or running) can help a woman prepare for labor and delivery by increasing core muscle strength and stamina.

It is important to proactively seek specialized pregnancy-related physical therapy, which is covered by insurance. Taking preventative measures can reduce the risk of pregnancy complications and lessen the need for more medical intervention during and after pregnancy. Being in good physical shape can even shorten labor and speed recovery and this can mean shorter hospital stays and getting Mothers back home sooner.

Grayslake Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, & Wellness fills a void and a growing need in Lake County, IL, for specialized physical rehabilitation and preventative services exclusively for prenatal and postnatal mothers. Research available at the National Center for Biotechnology Institute (NCBI) shows 80% of pregnant women experience low back pain as well as hip pain. Many women also have difficulty recovering from c-sections. Caesarean delivery rates rose to 31.1% in 2006 and new mothers are challenged by nursing, changing and lifting infants after abdominal muscles have been operated on and are severely compromised. Some women also report postpartum carpal tunnel syndrome due to caring for their babies.

Physical Therapists treat common diagnoses such as low back pain, hip and pelvic pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder and neck strain, and cramping as well as other common prenatal and postnatal problems. Common treatments include soft tissue mobilizations, therapeutic exercises to address specific patient impairments, Pilates-style stabilization exercises, and taping techniques for pain relief.

Grayslake Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, & Wellness also provides postural education and training to postnatal mothers, showing new mothers the proper way to lift and carry their baby, and optimal nursing and carrying positions to minimize the risk of exacerbation of low back pain.

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