09 Nov 2017
Pelvic rehabilitation is a type of physical therapy that can be very helpful for postpartum moms. Pregnancy and childbirth can damage the pelvic floor muscles and connective tissue, causing all kinds of inconvenient and uncomfortable symptoms for women after they give birth.
The pelvic floor muscles stretch between the pubic bone and the tailbone and cradle your bladder, bowel, and uterus, helping you control your urine, bowel movements, and sexual functioning.
More specifically, the pelvic floor muscles enable you to keep urine and feces in – and release them – when you need to. They also help you contract and relax your vagina during sex.
When the pelvic floor muscles are tight or weak, they can cause annoying symptoms or even pain. A pelvic floor physical therapist (PT) can evaluate these muscles and determine whether they’re contributing to your symptoms.
If they are, the PT can work on the muscles and connective tissue to release trigger points – areas where the tissues are stuck together instead of sliding easily around each other. PT’s also train you to do exercises at home to help relax muscles that are tight and strengthen muscles that are weak.