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How Breastfeeding Affects The Pelvic Floor: Physical Therapy Can Help!

August is National Breastfeeding Month. At AmeriCare Physical Therapy, we offer services to aid in a seamless process for our babies to receive natural benefits at the most comfortable level for mom and baby.

Evaluation

  • Personal Evaluation: AmeriCare Physical Therapy evaluates your medical history, current problems/complaints, pain intensity, what aggravates and eases the problem and how this is impacting your daily activities or your functional limitations.
  • Previous Injury Strains: We then assess past history regarding injuries. This helps our staff provide a detailed personal plan for recovery while taking into consideration other injuries you may have overcome or still have.
  • Developing a Personal Plan: Our professional Physical Therapists will work with you to develop a personalized plan that is right for you.This includes how many times you should see the therapist per week, how many weeks you will need therapy, home programs, patient education, short-term/long-term goals, and what is expected after discharge from therapy.

Stretching

Breastfeeding can cause pain in the neck, shoulders, back and arms. Decreased range of motion can cause injury later in life, which can then lead to arthritis and other complications. To help prevent future injury, AmeriCare Physical Therapy offers various personalized stretching techniques and routines that will immediately release tensions throughout the body.

Breastfeeding & The Pelvic Floor

When you think of breastfeeding, your pelvic floor muscles are not the first things that come into mind.

After giving birth, the estrogen in your body drops as prolactin, a hormone that stimulates milk production. If you choose to breastfeed, prolactin will stay elevated, while estrogen levels

remain low. Hormonal balance is important for maintaining your milk supply, but does come with pelvic floor complications.

Aside from other medications and treatments, physical therapy may help ease pain from these conditions by assessing the activity of the pelvic floor muscle. Physical therapists treat and rehabilitate the pelvic floor muscle to avoid the symptoms from worsening.

At AmeriCare Physical Therapy our experts at our locations in East Brunswick, Garwood, Mountainside, Piscataway and Warren New Jersey are dedicated to serving you with the goal to maximize your body’s potential.

We’re here to listen to your needs and develop a therapy plan just for you. Contact us to learn more about our services or book an appointment today.

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