Pregnancy & Post-Partum Back Care

This program was developed as part of Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network’s women’s health initiative.

HHCRN Back & Neck Pregnancy Post Partum Back CareThe American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reports that back pain is one of the most common discomforts of pregnancy, and the North American Spine Society puts the incidence at 50%. HHCRN’s exercise program gives pregnant women the tools to prevent or minimize back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions during and after pregnancy.

Any woman experiencing back pain at any point in her pregnancy or post-partum period is a candidate for treatment.

The Pregnancy & Post-Partum Back Care Program

Comprehensive, individualized physical therapy evaluation and pre-natal and post-natal exercise plan:

  • Education about body changes that occur with pregnancy, proper posture and body mechanics, ADLs, and special clothing and supports.
  • Assessment and treatment of pelvic floor weakness.
  • Assessment and treatment of diastasis recti abdominis.
  • Gentle mobilization and muscle energy techniques to correct musculoskeletal dysfunction.
  • Application of thermal techniques for pain relief.
  • Positioning recommendations for sleep and work.

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