Pelvic floor physical therapy can be beneficial for individuals recovering from a cesarean section (c-section) by helping to address post-surgical issues and promote healing. Here are some ways that pelvic floor physical therapy can help with c-section recovery:
Pain management: Following a c-section, many individuals experience pain and discomfort in the abdominal and pelvic regions. Pelvic floor physical therapy can help address these issues through techniques such as manual therapy, massage, and stretching exercises.
Scar tissue mobilization: C-sections involve the creation of a surgical incision, which can result in the formation of scar tissue. Pelvic floor physical therapy can help promote healing of the incision site and prevent the formation of excessive scar tissue through techniques such as massage and stretching exercises.
Core strengthening exercises: Following a c-section, the abdominal muscles can become weak due to the surgical incision and reduced physical activity during the post-surgical recovery period. Pelvic floor physical therapy can help strengthen these muscles through exercises such as abdominal bracing and core stabilization exercises.
Bladder and bowel management: Following a c-section, some individuals may experience urinary or fecal incontinence due to weakened pelvic floor muscles. Pelvic floor physical therapy can help address these issues through exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and bladder and bowel training.
Return to physical activity: Following a c-section, it is important to gradually return to physical activity to avoid re-injury or complications. Pelvic floor physical therapy can help guide individuals through a safe and effective return to physical activity, taking into account individual goals and limitations.