The coccyx, commonly known as the tailbone, is the tiny bone at the bottom of the sacrum and has an important weight-bearing role in the body. Although this bone is small, the tailbone can play a big role in hip, sacroiliac (SI) joint and pelvic pain during pregnancy and postpartum recovery.
One of the most important things to do after bringing your little one home for the first time is giving your body time to rest and heal. There is no rush to return to exercise postpartum. Give yourself the grace and space to spend this special time with your new babe and recover/reconnect to your body and your awareness.
The Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ) is located at the base of the spine on either side, where the two sides of the pelvis connect to the sacrum. It is heavily supported by ligaments and musculature. Although it is a movable joint, it is a gliding joint, meaning the SIJ should only allow a small margin of motion and needs a lot of support to hit that balance of just enough, but not too much movement.
As a parent, your days are full of routines that require repetitive motion. Think of changing diapers, strategically placing strollers in and out of cars, holding your little one so they are in that perfect position to fall asleep. All potentially causing your shoulders to ache at the end of the or lead to injury or deficiencies in posture.
If you are a mom or expecting to become a mom, you have likely heard of the pelvic floor and it is most often referred to as being “loose” or “weak” or “fatigued”. But would you believe me if I told you that the pelvic floor can actually be too tight? Well, as it turns out, it’s very true, and a pelvic floor that is too tight can have some similar implications as a weak pelvic floor does.
If you’re pregnant and due soon, it’s hard to imagine life on the other side. With any pregnancy, there are uncertainties. With this pandemic, there are more. What I can say is that once your baby is here, everything will change. You’re already changing now. I’m sure you can sense the mama bear instinct kicking in. To help with the changes, it is important that you nurture your body, create a support system, and truly indulge in this special time in your life.
Reintroducing exercise after having a baby can be confusing and scary. You’re wondering what’s safe and how it will make you feel. We have a very simple workout that will be appropriate for almost everyone for your first session back at the gym.
Symptoms of prolapse often appear at the end of the day after gravity has been pulling down your already vertically-challenged pelvic organs for hours. A prolapse relief position is something you can do at home to lessen the immediate symptom. Relief positions are not a treatment or a cure, but a way to just a find some comfort when you are experiencing organ heaviness or irritation.
Repetitive care-taking tasks can take its toll on the joints. These are our favorite stretches for new mothers who do a lot of sitting, feeding and cuddling.
We’re here to help demystify your first visit with a pelvic floor physical therapist, so you feel like an empowered participant in your own health and recovery.