UnityPoint Health ® – Finley Hospital is introducing a new physical therapy service for women during and after pregnancy. The Pregnancy and Postpartum Therapy offers women physical therapy techniques that are beneficial for addressing pregnancy pain, strengthening the pelvic floor, and pain present from delivery.
Women experience many changes throughout the pregnancy and postpartum period, including fluctuating hormone levels, changes in breast size, weight gain, and more. The result of these changes can be pain in the back, neck, or pelvis; incontinence, separation of the abdominal wall, and muscle weaknesses in the abs or pelvic floor.
Finley’s licensed physical therapist will show patients techniques:
- To decrease pain and stress on the body when changing positions during pregnancy and postpartum periods with an emphasis on breastfeeding positioning.
- To stretch and strengthen your muscles to support the changing body structure.
- To mobilize joints and soft tissue appropriately during pregnancy, thus reducing pain.
- And using tools such as an SI (sacroiliac) belt, which decreases stress on the body and modalities in postpartum, which decrease pain and improve scar mobility.
A referral from a physician is required prior to beginning physical therapy. For more information, interested women can contact Finley at (563) 589-2497 and should discuss options with their doctor.