Our current maternal healthcare system is generally great at providing education and support for pregnant women. There is so much planning and preparation going into healthy pregnancies and deliveries, but often little is brought up regarding what to expect for her body after delivery. This is where pelvic floor physical therapy comes in.
Firstly, I would like it to be known that my opinion is that every woman deserves pelvic floor physical therapy postpartum, no matter if she delivered vaginally or by cesarean section. Pregnancy and childbirth change our bodies in miraculous and tremendous ways and I believe we as a society could honor those changes more by making rehabilitation after childbirth standard care. However, that is not yet the case so for now I would like to shed light on some postpartum experiences that definitely call for pelvic floor physical therapy.
Many experts agree that Pilates is one of the best ways for older adults to stay healthy. Join our Polestar® Pilates instructor, Lissy Wolf, for a six week introduction to Pilates on the Pilates Reformer - an exercise apparatus with springs and ropes connected to a sliding carriage. Learn movement skills that can be applied to daily life while building strength, mobility, balance and confidence.
For those of us who experience that not-so-friendly monthly visitor, there is one symptom that seems to trump the fatigue, bloating, headaches, and gastrointestinal upset: menstrual cramps. Many of us reach for a couple Midol, Tylenol, or Ibuprofen to get us through the worst of it, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. This article is simply to share alternative ways of reducing menstrual cramps and other period related pain.