If you've given birth you may be experiencing some pain and discomfort for the next few weeks. Usually we get cleared at 6 weeks to return to our regular activities but to just "take it easy" for many of my patients the pain and discomfort associated with those first few weeks or months when returning to intimacy never goes away. Frustration builds and fear sets in "will sex always feel like this?" then they check in with friends and hear that yeah once your a mom sex is never the same. But that's not true.
We've all been there, searched our symptoms and came upon information that just sends us spiraling.
Stress, fear and pain can make it near impossible to take action. So we put our needs on the back burner. We convince ourselves that things will get better naturally, that they're not that serious. We hear from clients so often that they were afraid to start because, "What if I don't get better and still have to have surgery?" It can be hard to start physical therapy because many people see physical therapy as the last ditch before surgery and that puts a lot of mental pressure on the outcome you are striving for. Here at Body Motion PT we don't have specific guidelines for what it means to be healed because every single person's goals are different. We create a personalized plan of care which includes milestones, specific to your goals.
Still Reeling Over Your Ruined Routine?
We are all in the same ocean on different boats. During times of crisis we want to be a guiding light in how to show up for yourself and how to take positive steps on your health journey that don't involve kale, fasting, or picking up a new at home fitness routine.
The truth is that some people relieve stress through exercise and that's a natural response for them, it is also a natural response if you put on weight, it is also a natural and societal response if you've taken a break from the gym and it is healthy if you have been sleeping more.
This year has been hard, here at Body Motion Physical Therapy we are huge advocates for gratitude which we have had to refocus on as we all endured so many changes.
We are especially grateful for our health, we are grateful for our community and the work we get to do everyday! We are in awe of the women in our community and the abundance of moms who have decided to put their health first. So often we see women who have pushed their bodies past pain and discomfort, ignored symptoms and continued on as though everything is fine.
Are You Fed Up With Peeing Your Pants? At Your Wits End With Leaking When You Laugh Or Jump Or Cough?
I hear so often that "I thought surgery was my only option". I had a new client say this to me just last week. She really just wanted to get surgery so she could get a "quick fix and just be done with it" but she couldn't commit to the recovery time and her family and work needs are too much that recovering from a surgery was out of the question right now.
Healing, in general, is an ongoing process. It comes in stages and relies on the completion of each step before you are ready to move on to the next.
It can be incredibly scary to hear, but the fact of the matter is that your uterus may not be quite back to normal size and that translates to larger issues.
The ligaments, peritoneum, and endopelvic fascia, which are just fancy words for big sheets that hold the organs in place and attached inside your body, were stretched from holding the uterus and bladder in place, and now in early postpartum have become saggy and are less supportive.
The Pacific Northwest is known for it's amazing hiking trails and this summer we want to be sure that you can enjoy your time outdoors. Getting out in nature is so good for the mind and body and is a great family activity. But I hear from clients when they first arrive in my clinic that the thought of heading up a trail with their little ones on their back makes them cringe. They've been suffering with constant knee and back pain since pregnancy and now postpartum they thought it would go away. It's especially frustrating when so many other activities are still unavailable.
I completely understand it's been quite an adjustment but I am here to share my 2 Secrets To Eliminating Low Back and Knee Pain.
The reason I started Body Motion Physical Therapy and am so committed to helping moms from day one postpartum through menopause and beyond is because we believe that you should enjoy living life in your body.
For you to enjoy life, it is helpful to enjoy your body. There is no doubt that the body after babies can be frustrating for moms. It can be frustrating to be a new mom and wake up and feel achy and worn out, as if you have aged 20 years overnight.
It is equally hard to have to invest in a new wardrobe or look at your clothes and how they fit. So, instead of dwelling on what life was like, we empower you to embrace the body you have now in order to create a solid foundation on which to build your future.
Physically, your foundation is your core and pelvic floor. When the foundation is strong and powerful then all of a sudden you get a new lease on how things feel.
When things feel good, you feel better and your mental shift is more positive.
A Common Postpartum Issue Is Diastasis Recti, or Ab Separation. This is a condition that needs to be addressed to ensure you restore your core therefore it can protect your joints throughout your life
Take Control Of Your Pelvic Health!
The Life Expectancy for Women in The United States is 81 years old, 61% of Women 65 and over suffer with Incontinence.*
So for the last 16 years of your life you could have serious issues with incontinence. NO ADULT wants to depend on others to help them use the restroom. The generations before us did not have the tools to strengthen their pelvic floor and in turn protect themselves from developing incontinence. Even today I hear all the time,
Your friend may have told you, you probably have piriformis syndrome and your mom maybe diagnosed you with sciatica. I am going to bring some clarity to each diagnosis and give you some self-help tips. Before we clarify each diagnosis, it is nice to know a little about the sciatic nerve.The sciatic nerve is a bundle of little nerves that are composed of nerve roots from L4-S3 ,meaning the nerves that leave the spine below Lumbar Vertebrae Number 4 to Sacral Vertebrae Number 3. As the nerve leaves the spine, it travels underneath the gluteal musculature.
This Is An Excerpt From Dr. Allison Feldt's, PT, DPT Book That Will Be Out Early Summer
My friend and patient Ashley recently gave birth to her third child. According to her, this pregnancy was her most difficult. She experienced excruciating lower back and hip pain that was not present in her other two pregnancies...
Remember how you used to be terrified of needles as a child? How thinking about the glinting needles probably helped you forget you were sick at all? Yes, we all know that feeling and remember it well. So, what changed? As we grew up, became braver, and started listening to our bodies a little less, our distrust of needles seems to have dwindled. Now, we run to the doctor for all manner of injections, and while vitamin B shots and flu jabs are at the lower risk end of the spectrum, many injections pose a very large, very scary risk to our health and wellbeing.
If your desk area consists of a sofa cushion, and low coffee table, then we’re taking a stab in the dark and guessing you’ve converted your living room into an office. And while that’s all fun and games, working from home can actually be quite stressful on your muscles and joints – despite the extended periods sitting down! In this post, we discuss the ways in which you can stay healthy and active while working from home. So, let’s adjust the couch seat, make a fresh brew, and get stuck in!
“I have right lower back pain, that is kind of in my hip. It feels like a deep ache in my BUTT. It gets so bad sometimes that I feel like I can’t even walk.”
Said Brandi, a worried 32 year old who can’t recall a specific event where she hurt herself but is now experiencing unbearable pain.
Problems in the bedroom? Is discomfort or pain getting in the way?
Many women get to a point in their life where sex becomes a scheduled task. They quite possibly dread it but know they must do it so their partner will continue to feel valued and loved. One worrisome thought is that your relationship could fail or your partner would cheat or leave perhaps if they aren’t getting the “love” or “feeling loved.”That is scary and a huge burden to put on yourself. We never want you to feel like you have to just grit your teeth through sex because of discomfort or pain.
Pregnant Client with low back and hip pain, diastasis and incontinence.
A 31 year old mother of a 7 year old was pregnant with her second child. This has been a bit of a hard pregnancy. She works full time and spends a ton of her time driving around for work and for her sons sporting events. She always has to pee, her back is killing her and she is seriously stressed and anxious. She has always dealt with anxiety, sometimes it’s so bad it gives her heart palpitations.
Congratulations! You created a human and are keeping them alive! We here at Body Motion Physical Therapy applaud you and are so grateful you took a moment for yourself to read this article. Regardless of your postpartum weight or pants size we want this generation of mothers to feel empowered postpartum. We Help Women Through Pregnancy And Beyond So They Can Live Active Confident Healthy Lives Without The Need For Surgery or Medications. We want the women in our community to feel confident, strong and healthy. Free from worry in regards to their personal health so they can focus on what they truly find joy in.
Pelvic PT Leads To Successful VBAC Births
Women that have C-sections don't get the rehab and recovery that they should. Often times they will have subsequent cesareans. Some women will not have a choice and some will choose to attempt a VBAC, a vaginal birth after cesarean and they really want to have a vaginal delivery. Maybe they are dying to just have that experience, maybe it was taken away from them in the first place, maybe they're having another baby and they just want to experience that natural delivery. I want to talk a little bit about why it's so important to not just hope for a VBAC, but to train your body, optimize your body, and really prepare for what you want to happen.
By Dr. Allison Feldt, PT, DPT
Have YOU ever been told that peeing or leaking in your underwear is just one of those things that comes with being a mom or a woman? Worse, have you been told by your doctor that you have to accept it, take medication or rest for weeks on end, because nothing else can be done? Peeing without intention? Even just a little bit should be concerning. Everyone has heard a friend say, oh "I just peed!" or "I laughed so hard, I peed!" Maybe you don’t walk or run with friends or you don’t use the trampoline because you will pee. Maybe you’re okay with pee in your underwear. You just know that if you go for a run, you will pee your pants and maybe that’s okay with you. If you're age 30+ and you have answered YES to any of those questions, and you have suffered with incontinence for longer than 7 days, then please pay special attention to what I am about to tell you....
Women who have C-sections tend to get by pretty okay for the first, 5 to 10 years. They might have a little low back pain, maybe some hip pain, and they attribute it to like not losing all the weight or maybe they're pushing their body too much during exercise. But don't want to slow down, and they don't need to because the pain is just there and totally manageable. I mean, for goodness' sakes, you've had abdominal surgery. So maybe your pain tolerance is really, really high. Important considerations post C-section, that are never talked about, are the effects in 10 years and beyond. [...]
Getting injured can really set your exercise and fitness routine back a notch! And worst of all… it can be a total pain in the butt in more ways than one. Can you guess what we mean? If you’re reading this, you may have heard of piriformis syndrome before, or perhaps your just curious – either way, we’re here to tell you what it is, what causes it, and what you can do about it. That way, you’ll know why you’re in pain and you can “butt to the chase”, so to speak! [...]
By now I’m sure you’re well aware of the benefits related to daily cardio, stretching, and resistance activities. Not only does your heart get a massive health-boost, but your entire body feels more supple and strong; your immune system is strengthened and you generally feel better. So, if you know all this, and have most likely experienced the positive effects of a daily workout routine yourself, why is it so hard to stick to a healthy pattern? Why is a daily exercise regime so difficult to maintain? The truth is, the reason we don’t stick to our guns is usually because of a busy work schedule; alternately, it could be because we can’t fit time into a hectic – and often delicate – work/family balance. We understand this predicament, and that’s why we’re offering you some useful tips on how to fit that much-needed exercise into your life, no matter the time constraints or pressures you face. Take a look! [...]
Author: Allison Feldt
"We Help Women Through Pregnancy And Beyond So They Can Live Active, Confident And Healthy Lives To Prevent Surgery And The Need For Medications."