Help for postpartum pelvic floor problems

Physical Therapist Deena Goodman, PT, explains the most common issues with the pelvic floor postpartum that women face and the best exercises and therapies to help with those problems
Help For Postpartum Pelvic Floor Problems
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Help for postpartum pelvic floor problems

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The most common issues with the pelvic floor postpartum include muscle weakness issues where a woman might cough or sneeze and have a little bit of dribbling or leaking of urine or may be not even able to have control of their bowel movements like they used to. And what can be done about that? All sorts of exercises that need to be uniquely and individually created for each woman, but in general, you can think of Kegel exercises – and that’s not the ultimate – but Kegel exercises are what we call pelvic floor muscle exercises in conjunction with abdominal or trunk exercises can help recruit those muscles. So if you had to stop the flow of urine, which you never want to do under normal circumstances, those are… you’re using your pelvic floor muscles. So you can try that to see if you have an awareness of where your pelvic floor is. But don’t hold you breath if you have a problem and go seek professional help.

Physical Therapist Deena Goodman, PT, explains the most common issues with the pelvic floor postpartum that women face and the best exercises and therapies to help with those problems

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Deena Goodman, PT

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Deena Poll Goodman, PT, WCS, BCIA-PMDB is the Founder and Director of Goodman Physical Therapy, Inc in West Los Angeles, CA. She is a licensed Physical Therapist with over 22 years of experience specializing in urogynecology, obstetrics, orthopedics, and pelvic health and wellness.  Goodman is one of the first in the nation to have received Board Certification as a Women's Health Clinical Specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association. She treats men and women in her private practice for pelvic and sexual pain issues, and has a passion for helping prenatal and postpartum women get their bodies back in shape. She is internationally recognized for her work in pelvic floor rehabilitation, and developed and implemented many programs during the 12 years she was on staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center including mom and baby exercise classes. 

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