Diastasis recti, or abdominal separation, is something that we see a lot when working with Moms. So often, that it serves as a great teaching tool for physiotherapy students! Read below, for what my lovely PT student Danielle learned about this condition over the summer. Diastasis. Recti. These are two words that strike fear into [...]
There's been a lot of buzz about how best to manage mamas after they've had a C-section! Having to undergo a surgery AND look after a baby is no joke! While there are lots of tips for recovering after delivery, massage to your C-section scar is one of them. I've created an infographic highlighting some [...]
I get asked a lot about C-section scars. And yes - I think that some women need to have their C-sections rehabilitated. See here for my thoughts on that. But this post is to demonstrate some of the basic myofascial, or massage-like techniques that I use to help get a C-section scar moving better.
So, technically the buttocks (a.k.a. glutes) are not part of the "kegel" muscles. However, our recognition of their role in pelvic floor (and general) health is growing. I spend a lot of my time correcting posture and exercise form so that stress is taken off of the pelvic floor and put back on the glute [...]
A ceserean section delivery is no walk in the park. Even a well healed, really good scar is, well....scar tissue. It can affect how you use your core muscles, your spine and hip flexibility, your posture and your pelvic floor muscles. In my opinion, it should be rehabilitated.
After having a baby, I'm a huge supporter of returning to activity slowly, progressively and when your body is ready. But don't take my word for it. Meet Amy! Read about her journey of post-pregnancy return to exercise.
A lot happens to the body during pregnancy and delivery. I don’t care which way that baby comes out, there is healing that needs to happen!
Do you really know what the “core” is? Many people think of the “core” as the abdominals....the six-pack muscles, or the obliques. Not true
Pelvic pain during pregnancy, officially called Pregnancy related Pelvic Girdle Pain (PPGP), is pain felt anywhere across the top of the back part of the pelvis, into the glutes and sometimes wraps around the hips, and runs down the thighs. Often this also includes pubic bone pain.
Pregnancy is an amazing time. The female body undergoes some wondrous changes in order to grow a baby and prepare for delivery. However, all of these changes can lead to discomfort and sometimes, downright pain. There are so many varieties of pregnancy related pains that it can be hard to keep them straight. Here is a list and short description of some of the most common.