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What We Treat

Pregnancy

  • Pelvic Girdle Pain
  • Tailbone / Perineal Pain
  • Neck/ Low Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Round Ligament Pain
  • Costochondritis (Sternum, Rib Pain)
  • Urinary Incontinence

Daily exercise is recommended and encouraged throughout pregnancy, with the exception of certain high risk pregnancies. We will communicate with your OBGYN if you have been diagnosed with preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, or placenta previa to see what type of treatment is safe and appropriate for you. Our prenatal physical therapy program will include manual therapy, pilates and yoga based mat exercises, and tailored resistance training. If needed, kinesiotaping and maternity supports would be recommended as well. We also provide education on proper lifting and body mechanics, positioning for sleeping, and preparation for labor and delivery in your third trimester. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your condition and treatment.


Postpartum Recovery

  • Perineal/ Episiotomy Scar
  • Cesarean Scar
  • Diastasis Recti
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Urinary/ Fecal Incontinence
  • Pelvic Pain/ Dyspareunia

After you are cleared by your OBGYN at your 6 week follow up, physical therapy can greatly help you in your recovery to feel better and get you back to feeling like yourself pre-pregnancy. Whether you are a new mom or just had your second or third baby, your body deserves good care! Your body will continue healing for months after having a baby and in some cases, such as a complicated delivery or a long labor, will take a much longer time. A thorough assessment of how you move, how your muscles are working, and finding the location and cause of pain will be the key to creating a customized treatment program for you. 

Diastasis Recti is one of the most common conditions that women seek treatment for after giving birth. It is defined as a separation of the abdominal muscles > 2.7 cm that can develop during pregnancy or postpartum. It can get worse with strenuous lifting or exercises that will put too much stress on the already weakened and stretched abdominal muscles. Treatment for diastasis will involve protecting the healing tissue with taping or a use of a support and gradual targeted abdominal and pelvis/ pelvic floor strengthening exercises. Posture, spinal mobility, and breathing patterns will also be assessed, as these have a direct impact on your overall core strength. 

Urinary/ fecal incontinence is another condition that women present with postpartum, especially after experiencing a 3rd or 4th degree tearing during a vaginal birth or with an instrument assisted delivery. This may present as mild leakage (such as with coughing or laughing) or more severe (little to no control to stop leakage). This may be due to nerve damage, formation of scar tissue, and trauma to the pelvic floor muscles. You will benefit from pelvic floor therapy, such as internal and external massage and stretching techniques, kegels and retraining of pelvic floor muscles, and in some cases, a home unit to help the muscles recover. Pelvic floor therapy can also help alleviate pain or discomfort during sex postpartum by treating the cause of the pain.


Pelvic Floor

  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Urinary Frequency/ Incontinence
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Vaginismus
  • Dypareunia
  • Vulvodynia

Childbirth, scoliosis and postural issues, infections, previous surgeries, underlying medical conditions, and trauma can all bring on pelvic floor dysfunction and pain – which can remain long after the initial cause has been removed or healed. It can lead to tightness, pain, scar tissue, and weakness in the pelvic floor and perineum. Pelvic floor physical therapy utilizes both internal and external massage and trigger point release methods targeting the perineal tissue and pelvic muscles, appropriate stretching/ strengthening exercises, and diaphragmatic breathing/ relaxation strategies. You will also be taught self treatment techniques and exercises as part of your home program.


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Tel. 646-643-4688 Office: 155 W 72nd Street #606 NEW YORK, NY 10023

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