Welcoming a new life into the world is an incredible and transformative experience, but it can also bring unique physical challenges for mothers during the postpartum period. This journey often includes facing issues like diastasis recti, a condition characterized by the separation of abdominal muscles, which can lead to a protruding belly (mommy pooch), lower back pain, and challenges with core stability. At Revolve Physical Therapy, a trusted name in holistic therapy in Houston, women are offered specialized care and support to help them regain strength, mobility, and overall wellness during this crucial phase of their lives.
Understanding Diastasis Recti
Diastasis recti (DR) is a common postpartum condition experienced by many women, and it’s not limited to new mothers; it can affect men as well. This condition is characterized by a separation of the abdominal muscles, resulting from the stretching and weakening of the connective tissue that holds them together. The most visible sign of diastasis recti is often referred to as the “mommy pooch” – a noticeable bulge in the midsection. However, the consequences of DR go beyond appearance. It can lead to lower back pain, decreased core stability, and challenges in performing everyday functional movements.
Why Physical Therapy Matters for Diastasis Recti
At Revolve Physical Therapy, recognizing the importance of addressing diastasis recti, the expert team offers specialized treatment programs aimed at restoring core strength. Movements like picking up children or climbing stairs to returning to high level activities like group workouts require a stable core that may take years to regain. Revolve’s programs are designed to help women close the separation and regain abdominal muscle strength. This comprehensive approach to diastasis recti provides several key benefits:
Core Strengthening Exercises: The therapists at Revolve Physical Therapy guide patients through a series of gentle yet effective exercises designed to specifically target weakened abdominal muscles. These exercises aim to activate and strengthen the deep core muscles without causing excessive strain on the midsection or low back.
Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation vs Diastasis Recti: Diastasis Recti can often be associated with pelvic floor dysfunction. Pelvic floor rehab focuses more on functions of internal organs like the bladder (urinary incontinence) and not as much on targeted core strengthening for dynamic activities. To address any related issues and promote pelvic floor health, pelvic floor rehabilitation is incorporated into the treatment plan in a non-invasive manner.
Manual Therapy: The therapists are trained in various manual therapy techniques, which can be particularly beneficial for addressing postpartum musculoskeletal issues and imbalances that naturally occur from childbirth. Manual therapy helps alleviate pain, promote healing, and improve joint mobility for a strong foundation.
Supporting the Full Postpartum Journey
Revolve Physical Therapy’s commitment to supporting women’s postpartum recovery extends beyond addressing diastasis recti. Their comprehensive postpartum physical therapy programs are designed to address a wide range of concerns and conditions experienced after childbirth, including back pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, and general muscle weakness.
Individualized Treatment Plans: Recognizing that each woman’s postpartum journey is unique, the skilled therapists at Revolve Physical Therapy conduct thorough evaluations to assess the patient’s condition, listen to their concerns, and develop personalized treatment approaches to help them achieve optimal results.
Rehabilitation Techniques: The team utilizes a variety of evidence-based techniques to address postpartum concerns. These may include targeted therapeutic exercises, postural correction, and pain management strategies to ensure the patient’s comfort throughout the recovery process.
Education and Empowerment: Revolve Physical Therapy believes in empowering their patients with knowledge. They provide valuable resources and information to help patients understand the changes their bodies undergo, optimize their recovery process, and prevent future injuries. Low back pain, sciatica, and other discomfort after childbirth is not something moms must live with.
Supportive Environment: The postpartum period can be physically and emotionally challenging. At Revolve Physical Therapy, a warm and supportive environment is created where patients can openly discuss their concerns, share their experiences, and receive the compassionate care they deserve. The team is there to listen, encourage, and guide patients every step of the way.
Experience the Revolve Difference
Choosing Revolve Physical Therapy means selecting a dedicated partner for your postpartum recovery journey. The commitment of the team is to help you regain strength, restore function, and enhance your quality of life after pregnancy. With multiple convenient locations in Houston, expert care is within reach, and your journey to postpartum recovery begins with Revolve Physical Therapy.
Kunal Shah, PTA, CSCS, CPT, DN
Revolve Physical Therapy | President
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