Postpartum in Grand Rapids

Postpartum Recovery with Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy in GRAND RAPIDS

The postpartum period brings profound joy mixed with new challenges for women as their bodies transition back to the pre-pregnancy state. While your baby receives plenty of care and attention, new moms often wonder – what about me? At Vitality At Home, we understand the physical and emotional hurdles you face after giving birth. That’s why our team of compassionate, specialized physical therapists developed our Postpartum Care program specifically to support women like you during this transitional time.

A Personalized Approach to Your Postpartum Recovery

The postpartum recovery process varies widely depending on your delivery method, physical condition, and health history. Rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach, our expert physical therapists tailor your rehab plan based on a thorough assessment of:

  • Pelvic floor muscle strength and coordination
  • Abdominal muscle separation (diastasis recti)
  • Posture and alignment of pelvis, hips and lower spine
  • Scar tissue, persistent swelling or other lingering postpartum issues

We take time to understand your unique post pregnancy concerns so we can create a customized treatment plan to help you heal optimally. Our goal is to help you regain strength, reduce discomfort, improve body mechanics, and lay the foundation for safe return to your usual activities.

What Conditions Can Postpartum Physical Therapy in GRAND RAPIDS Address?

As women’s health specialists, we often treat patients for the following common post pregnancy issues:

  • Pelvic girdle pain
  • Low back / hip pain
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction (urinary/fecal incontinence)
  • Coccydynia (tailbone pain)
  • Diastasis recti
  • Perineal/episiotomy scar pain
  • Persistent swelling or nerve compression
  • Trouble initiating/coordinating pelvic floor contraction

The conditions above frequently occur after pregnancy and delivery related to factors like:

  • Hormone changes
  • Excessive motions in pubic symphysis and sacroiliac joints
  • Muscle imbalances
  • Core weakness
  • Upper back / neck strains from breastfeeding
  • Improper body mechanics

While many women slowly recover over the first year postpartum, some have prolonged issues that benefit from our manual therapy and customized exercise protocols.

What Are the Benefits of Postpartum Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy in GRAND RAPIDS?

Our advanced techniques go beyond Kegel exercises to provide lasting relief from postpregnancy aches and pains. Patients who complete our 4-8 week programs commonly enjoy benefits such as:

  • Improved Body Alignment and Biomechanics – A major focus of our postnatal rehab is optimizing alignment of your pelvis, hips and lower spine to improve symmetry and daily movement patterns.
  • Decreased Pain in Pelvis, Hips and Lower Back – With gentle hands-on techniques, we address stiffness or instability to reduce musculoskeletal discomfort that can persist after childbirth.
  • Strengthened Core and Pelvic Floor – We design focused exercise programs to help retrain and build endurance in your deep stabilizing muscles for better support.
  • Enhanced Confidence and Body Awareness – As you gain strength and control of your core and pelvic floor, you can reduce leakage and move more easily.
  • Education for Safe Transitions – Our therapists teach optimal body mechanics for nursing, carrying baby, and other activities to help your postpartum transition.

Patients often tell us the combination of manual therapy, tailored exercises, and education empowers them to get back to daily and recreational pursuits after having a baby.

Frequently Asked Questions About Postpartum Physical Therapy

How long does a pelvic floor therapy session last?
Our initial evaluations take 60 minutes so we can fully assess your postpartum status and set rehab goals. Follow-up appointments run 30-45 minutes for hands-on treatment and guided exercise.

What happens during a pelvic floor therapy session?
That depends on your symptoms and condition. Most commonly our experts use gentle, nonsurgical techniques like:

  • Joint mobilization
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Trigger point release
  • Muscle energy
  • Neuromuscular reeducation
  • Core/pelvic floor exercise

What if I feel uncomfortable with internal techniques?
Your comfort and confidence is our top priority. We only progress to internal manual therapy when appropriate for your case, and we encourage you to communicate with your therapist so we can provide the best care possible while respecting your preferences.

Meet Your Postpartum Rehab Team in GRAND RAPIDS

Our compassionate, highly trained physical therapists leverage decades of experience addressing women’s health concerns like postpartum recovery. Here’s who may be involved in your pelvic floor rehab sessions:

Karen PT
Karen brings years of experience that provides gentle, personalized care. We look forward to helping you heal with individualized postnatal rehabilitation services. Call Vitality At Home in Grand Rapids today at (616) 644-9155 to schedule your first pelvic health evaluation.

About The Author

Jenna Smith, a Physical Therapist specializing in Physical Therapy, puts patients at the forefront of their care. With years of experience, they guide individuals towards achieving their best selves. At Vitality At Home in Grand Rapids, Jenna Smith crafts individualized plans using cutting-edge techniques, empowering patients to overcome limitations and thrive.

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This is a most amazing organization! I lead a Parkinson Caregiver Group — and several of my caregivers are using the in-home therapy services. I hear great reports of how wonderful and beneficial the therapy is! 


Jenna is working with my 86 year old mother. Jenna is so knowledgeable and caring. Mom isn’t very motivated, but Jenna manages to pull out some “fight” in mom. Best PT we’ve ever worked with. Thank you Jenna!!!