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Physical therapy at Northwestern Center for Orthopedics can help lessen the strain from pregnancy. A proactive strength, flexibility and stabilization program can help prevent or decrease the intensity of painful symptoms, making your pregnancy experience a more positive one.

Why physical therapy?

About 50-70% of pregnant women experience back pain.

Physical therapy during pregnancy can be useful for remedying common discomforts like back pain, or for enhancing your body’s ability to have a smoother pregnancy and birth.

What symptoms does physical therapy treat?

Most physical ailments experienced during and after pregnancy can be treated with physical therapy. Benefits include:

  • Pain relief
  • Postural education
  • Myofascial release
  • Improved body mechanics
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Stretching
  • Strengthening
  • Increased muscle strength in hips, back and abdomen
  • Weight loss

What do treatment plans address?

Physical therapy is a medically-based profession specializing in pain relief. Our physical therapist will provide you with specific exercises to make your pregnancy easier and healthier. These include exercises to improve the following areas:

  • Posture
  • Joint alignment
  • Muscle strength
  • Flexibility
  • Nerve involvement

To learn more about the health benefits of incorporating physical therapy into your pre- and postnatal care, call (312) 943-7850.