Prenatal Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is not just for injuries. Physical therapy during pregnancy can be useful for relieving common discomforts such as back pain, and for enabling an easier, more comfortable pregnancy, birth, and postnatal recovery.
A woman’s body undergoes several changes to adapt to the growth of a fetus. For example, an increase in the curvature of the spine (called lumbar lordosis) can trigger low back pain and/or aggravation of the sciatic nerve (sciatica). Additionally, natural hormone changes that prepare a woman’s body for childbirth—by relaxing or loosening connective tissues—can cause increased mobility of joints that may result in overextension and strain.