Movement for Mommas: Post-Partum Examination

 

It’s about a healthy baby…and now a healthy YOU!

 
At Bethany Physical Therapy, our therapists are passionate about post-partum care. Your body goes through a lot before, during, and after pregnancy. We are here to help you understand and navigate the changes in your body so that you can get back to your optimal function.

We have developed a one-hour post-partum screening examination with a trained physical therapist that targets you and your specific questions and/or symptoms. We focus on posture and alignment, instruct you on targeted exercises for your pelvic floor and abdominals, show you how to lift and move with your baby, and come up with a safe plan to help you return to your previous fitness routines. Utilizing rehabilitative ultrasound imaging, biofeedback, and manual- and exercise-based therapy techniques, we address the body as a whole and help you get back to your optimal function!
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Is this right for me?

This examination is ideal for women looking to treat or prevent:

  • Pelvic floor dysfunctions following perineal tearing or episiotomy
  • Diastasis recti or the mid-line separation of the abdominals
  • Scar management following cesarean delivery
  • Urinary or fecal leakage
  • Tailbone pain
  • Low back, sacral, hip, or pubic pain
  • Neck, shoulder, or wrist pain
  • Pain with intercourse/orgasm
  • Incomplete emptying
  • Constipation
  • Uterine, rectal, bladder prolapse

Ultrasound Imaging

Ultrasound Imaging is probably most known for its use in examining the developing fetus during pregnancy. Now it is used to see important muscles – including your core!

In the treatment of low back pain and pelvic pain, the therapist is able to examine your core muscles, abdominal wall, pelvic floor, bladder, and back muscles in real time. We can determine if your core stabilizers are working for you. It takes the guess work out of the separation of the abdominals.

Meet our specialists:

Jessica Dorrington - Bethany Physical TherapyJessica Dorrington
PT, MPT, OCS, PRPC, CMPT, CSCS
Director of Physical Therapy
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Through extensive training and advanced clinical experience as a pelvic floor specialist since 2002, Jessica treats all types of patients, including urologic, gynecologic, obstetric, and colorectal conditions. She has advanced training in ultrasound imaging to provide a more extensive treatment option for those with low back, abdominal, or pelvic issues. Also, her intrapartum training allows her to tailor birthing preference plans to protect the pelvic floor.
Rebecca Franceschi - Bethany Physical TherapyRebecca Franceschi
PT, DPT
Physical Therapist
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Rebecca received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2014, where she spent time developing a post-partum program focusing on core strengthening and education about the pelvic floor. She has experience working with patients with neurological and musculoskeletal conditions, as well as pelvic floor health issues. Rebecca’s areas of interest include manual therapy, sports medicine, and women’s health.