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Benefits Of Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

  • 05/01/2017
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  • 11:45 pm - 12:45 pm


Why every woman would benefit from pelvic floor physical therapy in the pregnancy and postpartum period.

Leaking all over the place when you sneeze? Trying to return to exercise after baby and feel like you can’t quite hold it in? Why am I having pain with sex ever since my delivery OR have you even returned to sex for fear of pain? These are all common complaints and problems within the new mom community. The truth is, most moms have these issues so you are not alone. The awesome news is, you don’t have to live with these issues as there are things to do about it.

Please join Melissa in the discussion about pelvic floor physical therapy and how it can prepare the body for delivery and eliminate or reduce pregnancy related musculoskeletal issues as well as how it can address many conditions that can arise after delivery (vaginal and c-section). Melissa will briefly talk about the anatomy of the pelvic floor, common conditions that arise during pregnancy/postpartum, and what can be done to address these issues.

Specific pregnancy/postpartum related conditions Melissa will discuss include diastasis recti (abdominal separation), bladder incontinence/leakage, bladder urgency/frequency, fecal incontinence, constipation, pain due to perineal tear/episiotomy, pelvic pain, painful intercourse, c-section scar tissue discomfort, pubic symphysis dysfunction (pubic bone pain), prolapse, low back pain, hip pain, sciatic nerve pain, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, endometriosis, interstitial cystitis (IC), and fertility.
Common Questions
1. I have a diastasis recti (abdominal separation). Can this be corrected or am I stuck with it?
2. Ever since my vaginal delivery, I have had painful intercourse due to my perineal tear/episiotomy. Is it common to have pain with sex after delivery? Is there anything that can be done?
3. I am experiencing pain at my c-section scar and now have developed lower back pain. Do c-section scars cause hip and lower back pain or just pain in general?
4. Every time I sneeze or cough, I pee in my pants. My doctor told me to do kegels but it seems like they are not helping. Should I be doing them or are there other exercises that would work better?
5. How do I know when it is safe to return to exercise after delivering? What exercises should I stay away from during pregnancy?
6. I have a feeling of pressure in my vaginal area. My doctor diagnosed it as a prolapse. What should I do about it?

About Melissa Hines, PT

Dr. Melissa Hines, PT, DPT is the founder of Wellest Integrative Health located in Boston’s Back Bay. Since earning her doctorate in physical therapy from Simmons College in Boston she has specialized in pregnancy and postpartum care. Melissa has a strong interest in teaching and currently mentors physical therapists and students in the field to help empower therapists to think holistically. Melissa utilizes an intuitive touch and enlightened approach in each of her treatments so women can get the care needed.
Melissa lives in Boston’s South End with her husband. She enjoys exploring the city, trying out new restaurants, sailing, and the ocean.

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