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Labor and Delivery Prep

Giving birth can be the most memorable day of a woman’s life. We want those memories to be positive for you. At Body Gears, our therapists are committed to helping women achieve a healthy labor process by preparing your body through the creatively named “Wiggle Room Program”. This program includes not only skilled Functional Manual Therapy interventions, but also instruction in home exercises for labor prep; such as functional and full squatting, the “Frog Stretch”, and pelvic mobility and control exercises. Body Gears therapists are adept at treating pregnancy pains and providing postnatal care to mothers experiencing common postpartum issues, such as SI joint pain, low back pain, pelvic or abdominal pain, diastasis recti (separation of abdominal muscles), and incontinence.

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Why is Wiggle Room important?

One reason, and a common fear in pregnant women, is the perineal tear. Perineal stretching to avoid tears is truly just scratching the surface of available treatment options.  The muscles of the pelvic floor (from superficial to deeper layers) also need to lengthen in order to allow for the baby’s head to move through from the top to the bottom of the birth canal.  Perineal stretching only affects a very small portion of these muscles and can easily be done at home.  As Functional Manual Therapists, we take this a step further and address the muscles typically missed.  Once we have successfully worked on the muscles, we are then able to teach the mom-to-be how to follow up with these techniques herself (or with a partner) at home. The Wiggle Room Program is also important for discovering joint mobility dysfunctions that affect the body’s alignment, often unnoticed by the patient, in order to achieve efficient muscular positioning for best labor success. Through this process, we take a 3-dimensional approach to the multitude of joints that affect the baby’s descent. We aim to facilitate a flexible birth canal for the baby to pass through with minimal resistance to the baby and therefore minimal soft tissue and joint damage to mom.

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Body Gears Physical Therapy is uniquely familiar with a variety of methods to facilitate your birth plan and we have great working relationships with a number of midwife and doula groups in the Chicagoland area.

We want to help you, so please call us at 877-709-1090 to discuss any or all aspects of this program with one of our dedicated therapists that specialize in these specific procedures.  We welcome any questions you may have and or just the opportunity to talk through these techniques in greater detail.

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