Pregnancy and Post-Partum
An increase in hormones and changes to your posture can alter the mechanics of how your body functions during pregnancy and often continues into the post-partum period. The core musculature and the pelvic floor can be significantly impacted.
Prenatally, I can assist with any pain or dysfunction you might be experiencing as a result of these changes, and also help prepare your body for the birthing experience. Post-Partum I can help by treating issues commonly seen including diastasis recti, pelvic and low back pain, incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and issues related to c-section scars and perineal tears. I will provide guidance in facilitating proper alignment and restoring muscular balance and core strength so that you can function at your best as you undertake the immense task of motherhood!
Orthopedics and Sports Rehabilitation
Whether you are a seasoned athlete, weekend warrior, or a couch potato, injuries can happen. I help restore function, promote healing, and alleviate pain in patients with a wide variety of acute injuries and chronic conditions throughout the body. These conditions include but are certainly not limited to:
• spinal pain
• disc injuries
• sports injuries
• repetitive strain injuries.
• pre/post-operative conditions
• muscle and ligament strains and sprains
I focus on restoration of function and prevention of recurrent injury. And I make sure that we are working together to achieve your specific goals, whether it’s carrying a bag of groceries, or crossing the finish line without pain.
To achieve these goals, I use:
• Hands-on manual therapy techniques including soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, myofascial release, and muscle energy techniques.
• Therapeutic exercise instruction, including core stabilization, functional strengthening and stretching, balance and proprioceptive training, and a prescriptive home exercise program created just for you, to fit your needs and schedule.
• Posture, alignment, and breathing education incorporated with ALL patients . These are the building blocks upon which we all move, and without which, we cannot function efficiently.
Your pelvic floor is made up of several layers of muscle that connect the pubic bone to the tailbone and sit bones , creating a sling at the bottom of your pelvis. This sling helps to stabilize the hips and pelvis to promote core stabilization, control continence, and ensure normal sexual function. When function of the pelvic floor is disrupted due to childbirth, trauma, or tight, overactive muscles, pain and dysfunction can result. I can help to evaluate the function of your pelvic floor if you have given birth, are experiencing incontinence or frequency of urination, painful sex, or pelvic pain.
Treatment may include exercises to both relax and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, manual therapy, biofeedback, postural/breathing education and spinal stabilization exercises.
Ergonomics is defined as “the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment”. How you sit and function at your workstation can drastically alter how your body feels, and this can continue to affect you even when you are no longer at work! I come on-site to your work office or home office and help you with ergonomic solutions to reduce work related injuries and improve productivity. This may include re-organizing the furniture and equipment that you already have, and if necessary, making recommendations for the purchase of new products to ensure proper ergonomic alignment.