But the benefits of physical therapy go well beyond simple recovery. PT can help with everything from rehabilitation following an injury to promoting mobility, and it is often especially effective for pregnant women. Consider talking to your doctor about direct access physical therapy if you experience discomfort or other issues during your pregnancy.
Back Pain and Pregnancy
As mentioned above, back pain is among the most common symptoms experienced during pregnancy. Your body is forced to deal with a number of extreme changes throughout your pregnancy, many of which can lead to back pain. These are some of the most common causes:
- Increased weight
- Lower posture quality
- Hormonal changes
- Additional stress
Women now have their first child at an average age of 28, with pregnancy becoming more and more normal later in life. One difficulty many women experience during pregnancy is a more sedentary lifestyle, which can leave your body less prepared for the physical strains involved in being pregnant.
Looking for Physical Therapy Treatment
Although many people associate physical therapy with sports and injury recovery, it can actually have a significant impact on the things that cause back pain during pregnancy. Once you find a physical therapist, you’ll work closely with them to develop a treatment plan based on your health record and goals.
Physical therapy can help you correct several issues that may be contributing to your symptoms:
- Low muscular strength
- Poor joint alignment
- Bad posture
- Reduced flexibility
Each of these problems can affect your body in a variety of ways, and part of the PT approach involves attempting to improve your general physical health. When your body is under increased stress from pregnancy, it needs additional nutrients and exercise to maintain your normal lifestyle.
How to Choose a Physical Therapist
With so many PT options available, it can be difficult to make a decision or even know what to look for in a physical therapist and clinic. We recommend starting with these considerations along with anything else you think could be relevant:
- exercises you can do at home outside of treatment
- a certified physical therapist with experience in pregnancy PT
- an approach that allows you to adjust your exercise program as issues arise and communicate openly with your physical therapist
Pregnancy can be both physically and emotionally overwhelming, and helping your body manage this extra stress will help you live your normal life and feel comfortable throughout your pregnancy. Physical therapy is a great way to reduce your symptoms while pregnant and even help manage your recovery after delivery.