Sunday
Aug252013

OB and Physical Therapy 

Physical therapy can be a very important part of a woman’s obstetric care. Historically, treatment for pain or muscles weakness was not a routine part of prenatal and postpartum care; women thought since pain is common during pregnancy they just had to live with it. Times have now changed. A Physical Therapist  (PT) can provide relief and help manage pain that may occur in the back, shoulders, rib cage, groin, and other areas. These symptoms may stem from hormonal factors and changes in posture and weight. PTs can create a personalized plan to prevent or minimize other conditions that will appear throughout the pregnancy, including swelling in the hands and feet, carpal tunnel, headaches, sciatica and dizziness.  Physical therapists can also provide techniques to help women manage pain during labor and delivery.   In the weeks after the baby is born, a PT can help you reduce your pain, regain your strength, and return to exercising safely earlier.  If you or someone you know is experiencing pain or discomfort during pregnancy or after childbirth, consider physical therapy. Our experienced physical therapist are specially trained to help in dealing with the pain and discomfort so Mama can experience the bliss and excitement that is meant to be experienced during pregnancy and baby’s first weeks.
Tuesday
Aug202013

Benefits of Prenatal Massage 

“Modern investigation and research is proving that prenatal massage therapy can be a very instrumental ingredient in women’s prenatal care and should be given careful consideration.” (Massage & Pregnancy) Studies have indicated that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joints, and possibly improve labor outcomes. Massages during pregnancy can also reduce swelling by stimulating soft tissues and blood vessels that will help with circulation throughout the body. Improved blood flow provides more oxygen and nutrients for mother and fetus while also allowing toxins from the blood stream to be removed more efficiently. Massage therapy can also address pain in the lower back and pelvic area by addressing the inflamed nerves and helping to release tension on nearby muscles. Other potential benefits of prenatal massage include reduced joint pain, stress, balancing of hormones, and better sleep. These are all important things to manage during pregnancy as to make sure the baby and mom are healthy and happy. Make sure that your massage therapist is certified in giving prenatal massage. Erika, Inspirits Massage Therapist is certified in prenatal massages.
Wednesday
Aug142013

Pregnancy Incontinence 

Important Facts about Pre- and Postpartum Incontinence
Urinary Incontinence

Incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine significant enough to cause a problem in daily activities. The Agency for Health Care Policy are Research reported that 13 million Americans experience incontinence, and 85 percent are women.

Types of Incontinence

Stress incontinence and urge incontinence are the two main types of incontinence. Stress incontinence is leakage when you cough, sneeze or lift an object. Urge incontinence is urinary leakage as you are about to get to the bathroom.

Causes of Incontinence

Childbirth, infection, medications, constipation, hormone imbalance, and neurological disorder. In childbirth, the weight of the fetus and the stretching of the pelvic floor muscles during delivery can lead to muscle weakness and incontinence later in life.

Treatment

Treatment begins with a referral from your physician to rule out reversible cause, such as urinary tract infection, stool impaction, or the use of certain medication. Exercise and lifestyle management are the least invasive treatments offered for urinary incontinence.

Biofeedback

Biofeedback is used to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. A vaginal sensor is inserted into the vagina to read muscle activity; the information is displayed on a computer monitor. This information will help you learn to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and teach you to perform the exercises correctly.
Monday
Aug122013

Pregnancy Nutrition 

Good nutrition throughout pregnancy is important for both baby and mother.  The key to staying fit during pregnancy is to eat properly and ensure good nutrition, but not to gain excess weight.  In pregnancy, we require an additional 300 calories a day.  This does not add up to much (one bran muffin and a cup of yogurt.)  The challenge is to create a balanced, energizing diet. The recommended weight gain for pregnancy is 25 to 35 pounds.  Women who were underweight prior to pregnancy may need to gain more, overweight women a little less. If you have concerns about your weight gain, please talk to your healthcare provider.
Tuesday
Aug062013

Finding A Balance After Pregnancy 

Having a baby is one of life's most humbling experiences. No matter what one did prior to starting a family, trying to balance the demands of motherhood with the other responsibilities in one's own life can be challenging. However, it is possible to find a balance in all aspect of life after pregnancy.