Monthly Archives: September 2012

Fitness Postpartum…When Can I Start to Exercise

Fitness Postpartum: When Can I Start to Exercise?

Was your first thought upon seeing yourself in the mirror for the first time after having your baby, “where’s my six-pack?” Probably not, but that’s not to say the thought of getting back into shape didn’t cross your mind pretty quickly after those first few blissful moments with your baby.

Most women, no matter how confident they were before they got pregnant or how much they tell you how wonderful they feel now that they are mothers, have at least a few moments of lagging self-confidence after they have given birth. The entire pregnancy and postpartum process is difficult on your body so you need to realize that you are not going to look or feel the same right after your baby is born. Your abdominals will still be a bit stretched from holding that little one for so long, your joints will still be a bit floppy from a hormone called relaxin, and any injuries that you may have sustained during the birth could be making you feel some pain.

Postpartum fitness may take on new meaning but it is essential to ensure that you remain happy, healthy, and strong for your new baby. The first thing you need to keep in mind, however, is how quickly you can start exercising. Simple exercising like taking walks can start immediately—but forego uneven trails, steep ascents and descents, or strenuous paces. Leave the more intensive exercising at the gym for at least four to six weeks after the baby is born and after your doctor or midwife tells you it is ok to get a little more physical.

If you had a C-section realize that it will take you a bit longer to recover and be ready for working out again.

Manual Physical Therapy and the proper postpartum pelvic floor rehab program can facilitate a faster recovery. Sometimes after your baby passes through the birth canal your pelvis may become a bit twisted and your therapist can use both joint mobilization and soft tissue release to help you regain proper functioning and strength.  Some physical therapy exercises used to get you back into shape post-baby include Kegels or pelvic floor exercises, and other gentle forms of training such as Pilates which will progressively get more difficult as you heal and get stronger.

It may be sad to not see your baby bump anymore, but you also want to look good and feel strong for your actual baby. Participating in safe, careful exercise after giving birth will not only improve your physical health and well-being, but will also make you feel better about yourself and everything around you.

Posture Good or Bad?

We are all spending too much time hunched over our computers or balancing our laptops and tablets on our knees. You know you shouldn’t slump but sitting up straight also is not ideal for your back,  neck or TMJ.
I wanted to share this with you so you can help identify your BAD “computer posture” position and also give you some ideas of GOOD “computer posture” Click Here
Good Bad Posture

Miles For Midwives

MRPT Physical Therapy are, once again, proud sponsors of the 10th annual Miles for Midwives event to be held in Prospect Park on Saturday October 6, 2012.
Please come along and show your support for the wonderful profession of midwifery.  For more information click Miles for Midwives

Free Pilates Classes

Just a reminder that our latest series of FREE Pilates fundamentals classes start this Thursday Sept 27th at 11am at MRPT Physical Therapy
Please call us at 212-661-2933 to reserve your place.
We will teach you how to perform Pilates exercises SAFELY and CORRECTLY.

Headache Medicine You Shouldn’t Buy

HEADACHES are no fun, which is why many of us reach for over-the-counter pain relievers to help ease the discomfort. But, the price of products like Advil and Aleve can add up quickly Here, our experts show you how you can save on these go-to drugs….Read the full article here

Flip Flops are Dangerous

Flip flops cause back, neck, and foot pain.
They may be comfortable to wear while strolling along a sandy beach, but they do not offer enough support or protection on the hard surfaces such as city streets, amusement parks or shopping malls. They are designed with a flat bottom and do not support in the arch of your foot while you are pounding the pavement.

Typically on an average day you take about 5,000 to 8,000 steps, that a lot of wear and tear on your feet in you don’t have proper support.

The GOOD NEWS is: There are some flip flops that offer more support. We found the best ones are made by Orthaheel. They are affordable and come in several cute styles.

TMJ Pain – Craniosacral Treatment

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle Osteopathic hands on method used to release tension in soft tissues and the surrounding nervous system.

Here is an example of how it is performed for TMJ Pain, Headaches and Neck pain