Labor & Delivery Prep

DSC 9827 6959 682x1024 Labor & Delivery PrepGiving birth can be the most memorable day of a woman’s life and we want it to be for the happiest of reasons. At Body Gears, our physical therapists are committed to helping you 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 to make sure all your muscles and joints move the way they should, but also instruction in home exercises for labor prep. Our Body Gears therapists are adept at treating pregnancy pains and ensuring that you can get into any and all delivery positions.

Why is Wiggle Room important?

One reason and a common fear amongst 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 3 layers of the pelvic floor also need to lengthen in order to allow for the baby’s head to move through the birth canal. Typical perineal stretching only affects 1 or 2 layers of these muscles and can easily be done at home. As Functional Manual Therapists™, we take perineal stretching a step further and address the muscles typically missed. Once we have successfully worked on those muscles, we can then teach you how to follow up with these techniques yourself (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.

Wiggle Room 300x196 Labor & Delivery PrepBody Gears 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 are here to help you, so please call us or Request Free Consult at Chicago, Oak Brook,Oak Park, Wheaton, Winnetka,IL & San Diego,CA & Clayton,MO Centers for more information or to discuss any questions you have about our Wiggle Room program.