Physical therapy can help women bounce back after pregnancy

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Moms, do you feel like your body still isn’t recovered from having a baby? An appointment with a specialized physical therapist may be what the doctor ordered.

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Amanda Moore is a mom of three, including eight-month-olds Eli and Nora.

“I was very busy with the twins and my 3 1/2-year-old but just never felt like I was bouncing back,” she says.

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Dr. Cora Huitt of Women’s Health Physical Therapy says it is very common after pregnancy. Those abdominal and pelvic floor issues can lead to incontinence, prolapse, back pain and more.

“Sometimes the muscles are traumatized, sometimes they have too much muscle tension and you can’t relax enough,” explains Dr. Huitt.

It is why she brought her Postpartum Strong program to West End Ob/Gyn to teach moms like Moore and series of exercises to promote healing through proper posture and breathing.

“They can regain their body and maybe even be stronger,” Dr. Huitt says.

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University of Missouri researchers even found patients can see an 80 percent improvement after just a few of these sessions. Dr. Huitt says it can take four to eight weeks for the muscles to start responding, but with enough effort women can often prevent the need for intervention like surgery down the road.

“We’re definitely seeing some measurable changes, and it’s great to know those little exercises are making such a big difference,” Moore says about her abdominals already coming together. “It’s amazing with just a little bit of daily practice how much stronger I feel.”

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Dr. Huitt warns that you need to be cautious about following any treatment plan you read online. Patients need to know specific exercises for their specific conditions and do them properly. Depending on the plan, insurance often covers the PT sessions. Studies have also found that if a woman starts doing these exercises during pregnancy, it will make the postpartum recovery quicker.

Original Source: WRIC

Published by Dr. Cora T Huitt

Cora T. Huitt, PT, DPT, BCB-PMD ~Thirty seven years of clinical practice, specializing in women's health for fifteen years. ~BS Degree in Allied Health Professions, Ohio State University, '72. ~Master of Arts in College Teaching (MACT) focus in Physical Therapy & Therapeutic Exercise, University of North Carolina, '76. ~ Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Alabama State University, 2010 ~Attended multiple courses offered in Women's Health Physical Therapy, including Pelvic 1, 2, 3 Course in Women's Health Section APTA. ~Member of VPTA and APTA, Women's Health Section. ~BCIA-PMDB Biofeedback- Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback. ~Certified Pilates instructor, ProHealth. ~Affiliate member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. ~Member of International Continence Society. ~Member of National Vulvodynia Association. ~Adjunct Clinical Faculty for student affiliation at multiple universities. ~Director of APTA Women's Health Residency since 2007, credentialed in 2008. (only other residency at Duke Unviersity)

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