Postpartum Wellness

A Stronger, More Confident You!

For 9 months your body has gone through amazing changes and has literally performed a miracle.

At the risk of making the understatement of the year… giving birth is no walk in the park! But once our beautiful bundle of joy has arrived, we often assume that our bodies will snap back into shape with no problem. For some lucky ladies, they may pop back into their pre-pregnancy clothes relatively quickly, however, we all go through such huge physiological changes during pregnancy, that there is no escape from the effect it has on our postpartum body, whether we can see it or not.

Treat yourself now to a time of restoration using a combination of state-of-the-art technology to help safely and effectively return you to a better-than-ever physical capacity.

  • Comprehensive Assessment
  • Individualized Plan / Goals
  • Private Room / 1:1 Treatment Sessions

Take Time For Yourself To Recover, Restore, & Renew

Since no two women’s journey through pregnancy, delivery, and motherhood is alike, your path toward complete restoration is uniquely your own. Our personalized care and individualized goal setting will assist in repairing imbalances that life as a busy mom has attempted to cover up.

Some of the modalities we use include:

Abdominal Wall Stabilization & Rectus Diastasis Repair

When abdominal separation does not resolve on its own, medical intervention may be necessary. Surgery, physical therapy, and Emsculpt for Diastasis Recti all seek to restore the rectus abdominis muscles back to their mideline. The severity of separation and your particular preferences for treatment will determine the best course for you to take.

Physical Therapy for Diastasis Recti

Physical therapy may be successful for treating mild cases of abdominal separation. The therapy seeks to restore the muscles that were damaged during pregnancy by strengthening the core and targeting the deep muscles of abdominal wall and pelvic floor. However, this route does not involve your typical ab workout. In fact, ab exercises like crunches and situps may actually make the separation worse. Thus, women should seek the advice of a medical professional on how to properly strengthen her abs muscles after giving birth.

Emsculpt for Diastasis Recti

Emsculpt is a body contouring treatment that enhances muscle mass and tone. The novel therapy utilizes HIFEM or Highly Focused Electromagnetic Energy to stimulate powerful muscle contractions. A single, 30-minute treatment induces 20,000 contractions in the abdomen. To respond to the strain of these contractions, the body produces new muscle tissue (hyperplasia) and enhances existing muscle fibers (hypertrophy.) Besides chiseling the abdomen, Emsculpt can strengthen the core. Treatments target the major muscles of the abdominal wall, including those involved in diastasis recti. Supramaximal contractions encourage the body to rejuvenate the rectus abdominus muscles, making them bigger and stronger, while closing the gap created by diastasis recti. This is supported by clinical studies which shows that EMSCULPT for Diastasis Recti results in a significant reduction of ab separation.

Surgery for Diastasis Recti

For severe cases of Diastasis Recti, surgical intervention may be necessary. Ab separation is usually treated with a tummy tuck. However, this condition is often not covered by medical insurance, which consider the tummy tuck a cosmetic, thus an elective procedure.

Pelvic Floor Rejuvenation

For women, the most common causes of Urinary Incontinence include vaginal childbirth, body aging, and menopause. There are two basic types of Urinary Incontinence: Stress Incontinence and Urge Incontinence.

Stress incontinence occurs when the tissues that support the bladder are stretched or weakened, allowing the bladder to exert pressure downward on the sphincter muscles that keep the urethra shut. This prevents the muscles from closing as tightly as they need to for urinary retention during physical stress.

Urge incontinence refers to a sudden “urge” to urinate followed by the involuntary loss or urine. Urge incontinence occurs when abnormal nerve signals cause the muscles in the bladder to contract. Urinary retention is lost when the overactive muscles of the bladder overpower the sphincter muscles that close the urethra. Similar to stress incontinence, urge incontinence can be improved by strengthening the muscles that support the bladder.

Pelvic Floor Exercises

Pelvic floor exercises, commonly referred to as Kegels, which strengthen the muscles and tissue that support the bladder, are the most prescribed treatment for improving urinary incontinence.

Emsella

Emsella is a breakthrough treatment for incontinence and confidence. This unique technology revolutionizes intimate health and wellness by providing those suffering from incontinence with a completely non-invasive option.  Key effectiveness is based on focused electromagnetic energy (HIFEM). A single Emsella session induces thousands of supramaximal pelvic floor muscle contractions, which are extremely important in muscle re-education of incontinent patients. EMSELLA is a great option for women and men of any age who desire a solution for urinary incontinence and improvement in their quality of life.

Your provider will tailor a treatment plan for you, but a typical treatment takes about 30 minutes and you will need about 6 sessions, scheduled twice a week. You will experience tingling and pelvic floor muscle contractions during the procedure. You may resume daily activities immediately after the treatment. You may observe improvement after a single session, but the results will typically continue to improve over the next few weeks.

Postural Restoration

When it comes to postpartum posture, the most important areas to focus on are lengthening out the short, tight muscles in the front of the body, working the posterior chain (back of the body) to strengthen the glutes and back muscles, retraining the pelvic floor and core and addressing any abdominal separation.  Initially, exercises that help the body move more freely while strengthening is key.  Mobilization can help open tight chests, hip flexors and backs, making you feel more reinvigorated.  Our Physical Therapists are experts at helping you develop an exercise plan focused on restoring your pre-pregnancy posture and strength.

The Science

A study published in the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology revealed that vaginal delivery caused partial denervation (loss of nerve supply) of the pelvic floor in most of the 96 study participants. In a few severe cases, this condition was associated with urinary or fecal incontinence and for others, the denervation likely contributed to prolapse or stress incontinence. Another study published in the British Journal of Surgery investigated the occurrence of incontinence in a small group of women five years postpartum. Roughly 36 percent of women experienced incontinence five years after delivery, and researchers discovered weakness resulting from partial denervation of the pelvic floor in these women.

The takeaway: Even if you are one of those lucky women who doesn’t suffer from incontinence or prolapse after delivery, your core and pelvic floor need to recover, realign and get stronger after having a baby. And it’s wise to start this process before resuming activities like running to prevent injury.

Since no two women’s journey through pregnancy, delivery, and motherhood is alike, your path toward complete restoration is uniquely your own, but we are here to help!

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