As a pregnant woman, hormonal changes and rapid weight gain may cause increased stress on your body’s musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems causing pain or dysfunction. Equipped with techniques and information, we can mitigate your pregnancy-related symptoms and smooth the transition from pregnancy to childbirth. We can also provide safe exercise techniques for the active pregnant patient as well as those on bed rest. As an author on pregnancy-related conditions and treatment and a childbirth educator, Jill Hoefs is an expert in this arena. She and her well-trained staff can help ease your mind and body during this time.

  • Back pain
  • Bladder Issues
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Constipation
  • Heel and Bottom of Foot pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
  • Groin pain
  • Night Cramps
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Pubic Symphysis Pain
  • Sacroiliac Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Separated Abdominal Muscles (Diastasis Recti)
  • Sleeping pains
  • Swelling
  • Tailbone pain (Coccyx Pain)
  • Varicose Veins

You thought it was over after giving birth? Unfortunately, many new moms experience pain and dysfunction post-childbirth due to complications or trauma during delivery, awkward postures while breastfeeding and handling children, stress, hormonal imbalances, and other bodily changes that occur during pregnancy. Our skilled therapists can help you balance taking care of yourself while you’re taking care of your baby. We can also provide you with a safe exercise regime once you’re cleared by your doctor.

  • Back pain (upper and lower)
  • C-section scarring
  • DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Diastasis recti (Tupler Technique®)
  • Episiotomy scarring
  • Incontinence
  • Organ prolapse
  • Pelvic pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Posture for lifting, carrying, breastfeeding baby
  • Return to work, sex and exercise
  • Sacroiliac dysfunction

Do You Have A Mummy Tummy?

This occurs when the abdominal muscles separate as your growing uterus pushes forward. If the core muscles (transverse abdominals) aren’t strong enough to support your changing body, your superficial “6-pack” muscles will separate into two 3-packs. Your organs will protrude through the thin connective tissue separating the muscles and you’ll still look pregnant.

What is Diastasis Recti?

It is pronounced “Die-ass-ta-sis.” This core injury is very common, but infrequently diagnosed. When the rectus abdominal muscles separate, (the 6-pack muscles become two 3-packs) the connective tissue that joins them stretches sideways. The “mummy tummy” is the protruding organs against this thin connective tissue. Diastasis typically does not close-up on its own — that’s where we can help.

What is the Tupler Technique®?

Body Align physical therapists teach workshops and offer one-on-one training sessions based on the Tupler Technique®. This  proven program  will rehabilitate your abdominals through a four step process.

Patients will be instructed on:

  • A progressive program of specific core exercises to close your separated abdominals
  • The rationale and correct way to wear an abdominal splint
  • Correct body mechanics to get in and out of bed or up and down from the floor
  • How to use their core muscles throughout the day for all activities

How to Check for Diastasis:

A diastasis can be checked both during and after pregnancy. The object is to determine how many fingers will fit in the space between the two recti muscles.

Five Easy Steps
  1. Lie on your back with your knees bent.
  2. Place your middle three fingers in your belly button pointing in the direction of your toes.
  3. Relax your abdominal muscles and lift your head. If you are holding your abdominal muscles in as you check it will give you a false reading as this will make the diastasis appear smaller.
  4. Check yourself when you first start feeling the muscles coming together. Come up and down a few times so you can feel how the muscles work.
  5. Use 4 to 5 fingers, if you do not feel the two ridges of the muscles with 3 fingers. If you see the football- like ridge you may even have to use 2 hands if your diastasis is very large.

You can purchase Tupler® products here to maximize your results.

After a thorough evaluation of your symptoms and all possible contributing factors, we offer a personalized program to fit your needs. Treatments may consist of manual therapy, postural correction, patient education, home exercise program, self-care techniques, biofeedback, electrical stimulation, cold laser therapy, and other modalities as needed.

Women’s Health

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bladder disorders
  • Coccyx pain
  • Constipation
  • Diastasis recti (Tupler Technique®)
  • Episiotomy scar pain
  • Groin pain
  • Hip pain
  • Incontinence
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Low back pain
  • Organ prolapse
  • Painful intercourse
  • Pelvic pain
  • Prenatal/postpartum/C-section symptoms
  • Rectal pain
  • Sacroiliac dysfunction
  • Scar tissue adhesions
  • Vaginismus
  • Vulvodynia

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DateNovember 7, 2014