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What To Expect

The Tummy Team is not your typical physical therapy clinic.

Many physical therapy clinics do an evaluation and set you up on a treatment plan that often includes several visits a week for several weeks.  The Tummy Team has a different approach and often only needs to see you for 3-5 sessions usually scheduled every 2 weeks.  We are very focused on your functional core and pelvic floor needs and involve you in every step of the rehab process.  Most of the conditions we treat fall into the following 3 categories. Take a minute to see what you can expect from a Tummy Team appointment.

What to Expect

Typical Prenatal Treatment Plan:

Prenatal clients are recommended to be seen up to 3 sessions prior to delivery, and 2-3 sessions postpartum.

We recommend scheduling your first session after the first trimester. When scheduling postpartum, we recommend at least 4 weeks after delivery.

During your session(s), your physical therapist will:

  • Ask about your profession, medical background, injury history, and any concerns in order to understand your life’s demands
  • Ask about your past birthing experience(s)
  • Evaluate muscle imbalances and daily life requirements to develop a step-by-step treatment plan that will address your unique needs
  • Educate you on the benefits of abdominal splinting
  • Give specific strategies for you to be successful, and provide you with detailed instructions and handouts for each week
  • Train you in core exercises and alignment retraining, and provide everyday strategies for rebuilding your functional core strength
  • Work with you to retrain coordination of internal core and pelvic floor muscles for daily activities, and specifically for labor, delivery, birth recovery and newborn care
  • Assist in preparing a birth plan and postpartum recovery plan
  • Give instruction in biomechanics for initial parenting postures (nursing, changing station, and sleeping arrangements)
  • Address any other concerns you may have
Typical Core Treatment Plan:

Most clients are recommended to be seen for a total of 3-6 sessions.

The first 3 sessions are typically 2 weeks apart, and subsequent sessions can be anywhere from 2-4 weeks apart. Your physical therapist will make suggestions for you if you need to be seen more based on your individual needs. The treatment plan is always discussed and agreed upon by both the therapist and the client.

During your session(s), your physical therapist will:

  • Ask about your profession, medical background, injury history, and any concerns to understand your life’s demands
  • If you are a mother, we’ll also ask about your past birthing experience(s)
  • Evaluate your muscle imbalances and daily life requirements to develop a step-by-step treatment plan that will address your unique needs
  • Educate you on the benefits of abdominal splinting and guide you through the splinting process
  • Give specific strategies for you to be successful and provide you with detailed instructions and handouts for each week
  • Train you in core exercises and alignment retraining, and provide everyday strategies for rebuilding your functional core strength
  • Identify and treat compensation patterns to minimize pain, as well as optimize functional activation of the core in everyday activities
  • Implement functional core strength and optimal posture alignment into your work, household, and fitness activities
  • Transition you into Tummy-Safe Fitness™, and create an ongoing functional core strength integration plan
  • Address any other concerns you may have
Typical Pelvic Floor Treatment Plan

Most clients are recommended to be seen for 3-6 sessions. Depending on the severity of your symptoms and other details regarding your care, your therapist may recommend additional sessions.

The first 3 sessions are typically 2 weeks apart, and subsequent sessions can be anywhere from 2-4 weeks apart. Based on your individual needs, your physical therapist will make suggestions for you if you need ot be seen more often. The treatment plan is always discussed and agreed upon by both the therapist and the client.

During your session(s), your physical therapist will:

  • Ask about your profession, medical background, injury history, and any concerns to understand your life’s demands
  • If you are a mother, we’ll also ask about your past birthing experience(s)
  • Evaluate your muscle imbalances and daily life requirements to develop a step-by-step treatment plan that will address your unique needs
  • Give specific strategies for you to be successful and provide you with detailed instructions and handouts for each week
  • Train you in core and pelvic floor exercises, core and pelvic floor alignment retraining, and provide you with everyday strategies for rebuilding your functional pelvic floor strength
  • Offer manual treatment of myofascial release, visceral manipulation, energy work and massage to release muscle imbalances and improve blood flow
  • Identify and treat compensation patterns to minimize pain and optimize functional activation of the core and pelvic floor in everyday activities
  • Implement functional core strength and optimal posture alignment into your work, household, and fitness activities
  • Transition you into Tummy-Safe Fitness™, and create an ongoing functional core and pelvic floor integration plan
  • Address any other concerns you may have

Often an internal pelvic floor examination will be recommended. Sometimes this is done during your first session; other times the therapist may recommend functional core rehab prior to internal work.

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