Pregnancy and childbirth can lead to unexpected physical conditions for moms. Take control with proactive physical therapy tailored to the unique needs of mothers.
As a licensed physical therapist and pelvic floor health expert, I understand the need to bring specialized treatment to mothers. As a mom, I felt unprepared for the physical issues I had to overcome and struggled due to the lack of information and resources available postpartum. My mission is to provide best-in-class, one-on-one physical therapy that includes personalized patient education, alignment, and inner core coordination exercises to help you achieve your goals. I make treatment as convenient as possible by bringing everything we need to your home or office.
Although I am proficient in general rehab (such as sprains, strains, and joint and muscle pain) and neurological conditions (such as dizziness and falls, stroke / concussion, MS, Parkinson's Disease), my expertise lies in the area of women's health, specifically:
1 in 3 women experience incontinence, which is the involuntary loss of urine. During pregnancy or after giving birth, many women experience some degree of leaking. The incontinence may be mild and infrequent for some women, like when coughing, or more severe, including with day to day activities. Years later, many women experience leaking with exercise.
Postural and pelvic pain
Pelvic floor dysfunction refers to a wide range of problems that occur when the muscles of the pelvic floor are weak, tight, or there is a dysfunction of the sacroiliac joint, low back, coccyx and/or hip joint. The tissues surrounding the pelvic organs may have increased stress or trauma during birth resulting in pelvic pain.
Postpartum postural changes and poor positioning while feeding and taking care of your baby can lead to many other aches and pains including neck and lower back that are often overlooked.
Diastasis Rectus Separation
During pregnancy, the growing uterus stretches the muscles and main ligament in the abdomen. This can cause the two large parallel bands of muscles that meet in the middle of the abdomen to separate — a condition called diastasis recti or diastasis recti abdominis. Diastasis recti might cause a bulge in the middle of the abdomen where the two muscles separate. This is present in 66% of women in the third trimester and 30% of women at 8 weeks postpartum.
“Until I had my baby, I had no idea about some of the ways my body would change following pregnancy. There are some things that people just don't talk about. Now, the moms in my circle of friends will joke about wetting their pants while sneezing or exercising... Lisa helped me understand that there are ways we can work to prevent incontinence proactively, as well as ways we can treat it postpartum. I wish all of my mommy friends knew what I know.”
Not sure if my services are right for you? I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to all new patients, so that we can discuss your needs and how we might work together. Please contact me to schedule a conversation.