Is postpartum incontinence holding you back?

happy mother not having incontinence Jul14th 2020

Let’s talk about postpartum pelvic floor  

Contrary to popular belief, voiding aka incontinence when having a good laugh doesn’t have to be the norm for new mothers. Whether you gave birth 6 months or 6 years ago, you don’t have to suffer lost strength or poor control of your pelvic floor. Through learning how to relax/contract when appropriate and properly condition abdominal muscles, you can relearn how to take control of when you want to use the restroom! Physical therapy can help you regain your strength and confidence postpartum so that you can be the momma you want to be in a body that feels good.  

Two Reasons for Accidental Voiding that Physical Therapy Can Help 

Two of the main reasons for small leaks include pelvic floor weakness or over tightness. An imbalance in stability and strength can have a huge impact on the function of your pelvic floor. Leakages when the body is under “stress” – e.g sneezing, coughing, jumping, exercising, laughing, etc. is called “stress incontinence.” This is a very common occurrence postpartum, but not something that a new mom needs to live with forever.  

How Can Physical Therapy Help?  

Physical therapy can help strengthen weakened muscles or fix muscular imbalances. While we don’t offer specific pelvic floor strengthening (a pelvic floor physical therapist can help with this), if muscles are activating well, a postpartum corrective exercise specialist from ReQuest Physical Therapy can ensure that the new mom learns exercises to help. We offer help with proper breathing patterns through movement, self-mobilization techniques to decrease a tight pelvic floor, and strengthening exercises for the “key” supporting musculature to decrease overuse of the smaller, more delicate musculature of the pelvic floor. For new moms wanting to return to sports, such as running or weight lifting, a physical therapist helps to apply this knowledge to the specific movements needed to perform that sport. Learning how to breathe correctly through certain movements is a key part of conditioning the body to recover.  We can help you fine-tune your movement patterns and breathing to get you living the life you deserve!  

You don’t have to feel anxiety or discomfort at the thought of using a jump rope or laughing at a great joke! Come see our new Physical Therapist, Dr. Kiri. She is also a Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist (PCES) and Pilates-informed physical therapist at ReQuest Physical Therapy in Gainesville, FL!  Schedule an appointment by calling 352.373.2116. 

We want you to feel like the confident woman you are meant to be!