Pregnancy

Pregnancy & Your Pelvic Floor

By Kayla Bell, PTA, Aquacare – Seaford Congratulations on your pregnancy! During pregnancy your body goes through many changes across all systems – hormonal, metabolic, cardiopulmonary, immune, integumentary, gastrointestinal, urinary, psychological, and musculoskeletal! In the musculoskeletal system, pregnant women experience loosening of ligaments and a change in their center of mass which can result in […]

Written by on May 31, 2023

Physical Therapy Can Help You Stay Strong During Pregnancy And Beyond

By Kayla Bell, PTA – Aquacare Seaford Becoming a mother is an incomparable experience, but it also poses many physical and emotional challenges. During pregnancy, women experience a plethora of changes in their body, some of which can be extremely taxing on their musculoskeletal system. Add postpartum recovery to the mix, and the results can […]

Written by on April 26, 2023

I Have to ‘Go’ All The Time, What Do I Do?

Does this sound like you: I often have the urge to run to the bathroom. As a pelvic physical therapist, one of the most common complaints I hear with continence issues is the disruption and embarrassment caused by a frequent overwhelming urge to void. You run to the bathroom, void all of a few ounces, […]

Written by on April 1, 2023

Post-Partum Recovery and Exercises

One of the most common and long-term postpartum conditions is “mom posture”. This is caused by the extra weight women carry on their front when they are growing a baby. It is a result of the little one coming into your world your new routine is filled with feeding the baby, lifting, and the carrying-on-the-hip. […]

Written by on October 21, 2022

Let’s Turn That Breech Baby!

Many women experience a breech baby during pregnancy. However, there is good news. There are several movements you can try to turn that breech baby and prepare for delivery. These movements use gravity and help relax your pelvic muscles and uterus. For babies over 30 -37 weeks gestation Breech Tilt: It helps the baby to […]

Written by on October 21, 2022

Helpful Birthing Positions

Let’s Chat Birth Positions. Many believe the pelvis is a sturdy fixed structure, however, the pelvis was made to move and has many parts. These bones of your pelvis (sacrum and coccyx) open up allowing for further opening of the birth canal as your baby passes through. Lying flat on your back fixes the bones […]

Written by on October 21, 2022

Sleeping Position Recommendations For Pregnancy

Why to start sleeping on your left side at 26 weeks pregnant….. Lying on your back in the last three months of pregnancy (from 26 weeks) presses on major blood vessels which can reduce blood flow to your womb and oxygen supply to your baby. Women are recommended sleep on the left side during pregnancy […]

Written by on October 21, 2022

Post- Cesarean Rehabilitation

C-sections are major abdominal surgery. What the surgery entails is extensive and requires an incision that spans through 6 layers of your body’s tissues. Organs were pushed around. A baby gets removed. In most cases, the only muscle that is cut is the uterus. Once the baby is out, multiple layers are stitched up. Meaning […]

Written by on October 21, 2022

Perineal Massage To Prepare for Birth of Child

What and where is my perineum? This is the area between your vagina (the birth canal) and the anus/rectum (where stool exits). This area stretches during labor to allow your baby to exit during childbirth. As the baby’s head is exiting the canal, this area gets stretched. Sometimes tearing can occur, particularly with your first […]

Written by on May 6, 2020

Allergy Season Have You Worried About Urine Leakage When You Sneeze?

Pelvic floor physical therapy can assist in decreasing urine leakage during a sneeze, with the KNACK technique. What is the KNACK?  The KNACK is a strong and well timed contraction of the Pelvic Floor Muscles (PFM), also known as the Kegel. It involves the PFM contracting immediately before and during any increase in downward pressure […]

Written by on April 1, 2020

Compression Stockings for Lymphedema

Should You Be wearing Compression Stockings For Lymphedema?? Why Do Individuals Use Compression Stockings? Many people are turning to compression socks today for a variety of reasons and there are various benefits. Whether you are pregnant, an athlete, have a medical condition, or are simply on your feet all day for work, compression socks may […]

Written by on June 14, 2019