Just like the rest of your body, the pelvic floor is made up of muscles that can become tight, weak, spastic or painful. This may be a result of a trauma (such as childbirth), disuse, surgery, or other conditions. Pelvic floor therapy can help to treat conditions such as stress and urge urinary incontinence, painful intercourse, prolapse and cystocele, pelvic pain and more.
Breastfeeding is natural, not instinctive, and many women may have questions and/or concerns regarding breastfeeding. Research shows that the women who receive help earlier tend to have less trouble and breastfeed longer than those who do not. Our goal is to support women who choose to breastfeed by providing access to education and support. We can help mom and baby deal with pain, engorgement, oral motor issues, concerns about milk supply, as well as ergonomic positioning to help prevent injury.
Prolonged static positioning and repetitive motions are risk factors for musculoskeletal injuries in all of us. Factor in the physiologic changes a woman undergoes during pregnancy and it is no surprise that virtually all women experience musculoskeletal discomfort. These hormonal changes as well as the ergonomic stress of caring for children often cause conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, DeQuervain's Syndrome (aka "Mommy Thumb"), Tendonitis of the elbow, and many more. C-section scars can also cause discomfort/pain if adherence occurs. Mobilization of these scars can help!
Getting back to physical activity after giving birth can be confusing and intimidating. Some of the exercises commonly performed to strengthen your core can actually make conditions such as diastasis recti (abdominal separation), pelvic floor dysfunction and low back pain worse. This class is led by a healthcare professional with specialty training in treating postpartum women. This class will lead you through safe exercises with an emphasis on rehabilitating your core and pelvic floor. There is no limit on the postpartum period, and women of all ages are welcome to attend. This class is offered in 6 week sessions with one hour classes twice per week. Class size is limited to 5 participants in order to provide individualized attention.