Dr. Whetsell is a certified Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist (PCES) who has safely and effectively treated the changes seen in the pregnant and postpartum body. Looking at postural changes, Dr. Whetsell can evaluate and treat the muscular dysfunction specific to these Pre and Postnatal changes. Understanding the symptoms and how a PCES can help is the first step in prevention:
- Diastsis Recti: a separation of the abdominal muscles commonly seen in postpartum women.
- Mild cases of prolapse: pelvic floor muscles and ligaments become weakened during and after pregnancy and may no longer provide support for pelvic organs such as the uterus.
- Incontinence: weakened pelvic floor muscles can lead to difficulties controlling bowel or bladder function.
- Low back pain: during pregnancy muscles and ligaments lengthen causing increased stress on low back structures. Prenatal strengthening exercises can reduce your symptoms throughout pregnancy and postpartum.
Upper Back Pain
Throughout pregnancy the woman’s center of gravity changes which can add stress to the upper back. Proper treatment and prescribed exercises can alleviate pain symptoms, improve posture, and breathing. The postpartum posture of breastfeeding, changing, holding the baby, and lifting the baby can contribute to back pain as well.
Hormones are released by the body to relax and soften joints, specifically the sacroiliac which connects the spine to the pelvis. The result can be pressure on the sciatic nerve causing numbness or tingling into the legs. Hands-on treatment and exercises can provide relief.
C-Section Scar Mobility
Post-C-section the uterus and abdomen scar over to bring the edges of the incision together. The tough fibrous formed scar can lead to symptoms of immobility and pain. Scar tissue mobilization and therapeutic exercise treatment can help alleviate these symptoms.