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One & Done Program

Physical Therapy for Postpartum Recovery: The 4th Trimester

Women’s bodies are amazing things. They are meant to change quickly, grow a human being over the course of 9 months, and provide all the support and nutrients the baby needs until birth. After birth, sometimes the woman’s body needs a little help and support to regain strength and optimal function. This is where pelvic physical therapy can help, through the One and Done program. The One* and Done program will include an evaluation by a high specialized women’s health physical therapist to assess pelvic floor muscle and core strength as well as coordination, posture, diastasis recti and overall readiness to return to increased activity or fitness. A lot of women will just need this one visit to lay the groundwork necessary to regain previous core strength and fitness levels. After physical therapy, links to online videos will be provided for progression to greater difficulty and higher impact activities. Some women might need more than one visit, especially those with perineal tearing, forceps or vacuum deliveries, difficult c-section deliveries, incontinence, pelvic pain or significant weakness. The physical therapist will discuss the individualized treatment plan at the first visit. When able, the patient will be progressed to a home program as well as continued training through the online videos. Through this treatment, women will receive the right amount of guidance and training to return their bodies to optimal function for future pregnancies and a lifetime of health and wellness.

Postpartum conditions treated:

  • Diastasis rectus abdominus (DRA)
  • Pelvic floor muscle weakness
  • Core weakness
  • Urinary or fecal incontinence
  • Overactive bladder (OAB) or painful bladder syndrome, urinary urgency or frequency
  • Cystocele or pelvic organ prolapse
  • Pubic symphysis dysfunction
  • Sacroiliac (SI) joint pain
  • Low back pain
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Abdominal or c-section scar pain

*Most patients only need one session

Iowa Clinic Certified Pelvic Floor Therapists

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