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From Incontinence to Not So Spicy Sex: Core Wellness & Physical Therapy Helps Pre and Postnatal Mamas Get Healthy

Mothers endure unspeakable changes to their bodies. Changes like incontinence, split abdominal muscles, less than spicy sex, pelvic pain and plenty more. The therapists at Core Wellness & Physical Therapy poses a vast array of skills and treatments to help keep your focus on the pleasures of having children.

Alexandria, VA, April 03, 2012 --( Women around the country prepare for pregnancy in a variety of ways. A trip to an obstetrician, reading “What to Expect When You are Expecting” from cover to cover, researching midwifery, doulas, water births, plaster casting of your growing belly and so on and so on is all part of the process, right? But what about the not so fun aspects of pregnancy? Like incontinence, the splitting of your abdominal muscles, aches and pains in a variety of places.

Many women are misinformed and start doing crunches, and twists after pregnancy to get their stomachs flat again. Others hear about kegels for their pelvic floor and never truly learn how to do them properly. Core Wellness & Physical Therapy has a track record of providing highly personalized care to women during, and after their pregnancy.

The physical therapists at Core Wellness are experts of human anatomy and mechanics. When you are pregnant, your hormones yield physical changes that dramatically alter your biomechanics; or how your parts work in sync to produce movement and function. Likewise, after delivery, parts tend to take a while to return to their “anatomical home” and feel right. The clinicians take their time to complete an extensive physical exam, so that they can treat your body for past and present ailments, as well as prevent future injuries.

Because Core Wellness & Physical Therapy only sees patients in one on one sessions, patients enjoy truly getting to know their physical therapist, as well as individualized sessions based on how their presentation changes throughout their course of care. They are interested in being your provider for live, so relationship building is important.

Core Wellness & Physical Therapy uses the following most commonly with mothers and mothers to be:

Manual Therapy: Hands on techniques. This may include massage, joint mobilization, osteopathic manipulation, trigger point dry needling, strain counter strain, muscle energy technique and craniosacral therapy. Mothers benefit from manual therapy to help visceral organs sit properly in the abdomen, diastasis recti or split rectus abdominus muscle return to a more stable and esthetically pleasing position, positioning of the pelvis, improve mobility in the spine, and to stretch tight tissues without sacrificing much needed stability.

Therapeutic Exercise: Personalized exercises to help provide strength, stability, and range of motion to the structures that need it most. Many of which will provide staying power for the corrections made with manual therapy. With pre and post-natal women, Pilates using the reformer is a phenomenal way to gain and maintain much needed stability through the midsection. Pelvic floor strengthening is also part of therapeutic exercise, and allows for improved symptoms of incontinence, pelvic pain, restored sexual pleasure, and stability to the spine and pelvis.

Therapeutic Taping: By using stretchy tape, Core Wellness' therapists provide support, encourage stretch, and promote strength and contraction of muscles. The hypoallergenic tape is applied specifically based on its purpose to parts of the body in need. The stretch or pull induced stimulates our central nervous system and sends a message to the tissues in response. Prenatal mothers reported loving to have their belly taped during the third trimester, as it serves as added support for their back and pelvis while baby’s weight and size steadily increase.

Lifestyle Modification: Core Wellness makes patient education the biggest priority. Expectant mothers learn about positioning, activity modifications and strategies to help them maintain good energy levels, reduce aches and pains, increase sleep quality and development of the baby. Post delivery, Moms learn positioning for nursing, sleeping, holding their infant or small child, how to integrate mommy and baby fitness into their daily routine.

At Core Wellness & Physical Therapy, you do not need a prescription to begin care. Thanks to direct access, they communicate with your primary care physician, OB, or chiropractor following your comprehensive examination. Number of sessions vary, but the sooner physical therapy begins, the less visits are needed. Because of the one on one, highly skilled care patients receive at Core Wellness & Physical Therapy, most patients are seen once a week. Physical therapy is covered by most insurance plans.

If you are interested in keeping incontinence at bay, reducing aches and pains associated with pregnancy, reducing the impact of stretched tissues, and increasing pleasure from sex post baby; call them at 571-403-CORE or visit them online at

Core Wellness & Physical Therapy is a private practice located in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. It was founded by Dr. Elizabeth Polis, PT in 2009, with the desire to provide patients with one on one treatment sessions that maximized the benefits of hands on techniques.
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