Why back to normal IS the new normal

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Why back to normal IS the new normal

Back pain, hip pain, tailbone and pelvic pain, urinary and fecal incontinence. All just part of having a baby, right? 

Perhaps in the short term these issues and conditions are somewhat unavoidable, but for many women who often suffer in silence, these issues become an accepted “new normal” of pain and dysfunction. In fact, studies have shown that up to 80% of new moms won’t tell a healthcare professional all the issues they’re experiencing because it’s assumed they’ll dissipate over time or they’re too embarrassed to discuss it.

As weeks become months and pain and leakage persist, or, issues become exacerbated with additional births, resignation sets in. Some turn to surgery. Some rely on pads or inserts. But very few turn to physical therapy, which in many cases has proven to be highly effective. Results Physiotherapy wants this to change.

In France and many other developed countries, every woman who delivers a baby goes home with a prescription for 10-20 sessions of pelvic floor physical therapy as a standard course of treatment.

Postpartum care is primarily concerned – and rightly so – with the health of the baby. Concerns for the mother likely touch on depression, and may or may not include pain, incontinence and return to exercise and sexual activity. However, new moms often have a large number of questions or concerns that they may or may not ask at that first postpartum visit to the OB. 

Consider the following:

  • Over 50% of women still experience pain during intercourse 18 months after giving birth.
  • Urinary and fecal incontinence are common following childbirth, and when not addressed, can actually worsen over time, or with the birth of more children.
  • About 1 in 4 women think they know how to do a Kegel, but do not. Further, Kegels can exacerbate issues when not done properly, or when performed when perineal tears are still present.
  • Problems left untreated can lead to further complications, such as persistent low back pain or even pelvic floor prolapse – a condition that occurs when the supporting pelvic floor structures such as ligaments and connective tissue are stretched, in addition to weak muscles. 

The fact remains, a birth is a significant event with varying degrees of physical and emotional impact. If she were an elite athlete, it’s hard to imagine physical therapy wouldn’t be prescribed to assist in healing and a return to pre-birth health and physical activity. 

In France and many other developed countries, every woman who delivers a baby goes home with a prescription for 10-20 sessions of pelvic floor physical therapy as a standard course of treatment. Indeed, therapy typically begins before she returns home, so the therapist has a better idea where the new mom needs the most help. 

In the U.S., this approach is gaining acceptance, but can be hindered by the lack of quality pelvic therapy available or a healthcare professional’s level of comfort with PT as a course of treatment. Results is committed to providing a solution that is easily available, widely recognized for its efficacy and patient satisfaction, and highly cost effective as well.

In only 6 to 8 visits, Mommy Bounce Back can identify and successfully treat issues such as: 

  • Strengthening the Pelvic Floor
  • Incontinence
  • Back and tailbone pain, lifting and posture
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Returning to exercise
  • Scar tissue management

A mom’s new normal may include a lot more responsibility and a lot less sleep, but it doesn’t have to include pain, discomfort or embarrassment. Mommy Bounce Back – a great solution for both moms and referring HCPs.

Posted by Mike Rapp at 8:48 AM

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