Prenatal Physical Therapy in Washington, D.C.

At Release Physical Therapy, our seasoned therapists perform comprehensive assessments to make sure your body is as ready as possible for your upcoming birth. We then design individualized treatment plans aimed at promoting healing and relieving your specific issues.

Release Physical Therapy


Release is an award-winning physical therapy practice in Washington, DC. Release Physical Therapy provides the best in comprehensive, evidence-based treatments and personalized care. Our physical therapists use hands-on techniques and the latest technology to relieve pain, improve function, and enhance health and wellness. We welcome the chance to guide you on the road to better health through our personalized and integrated approach to wellness.

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Physical Therapy for Pregnancy

What is prenatal physical therapy?

Prenatal physical therapy is a special form of therapy designed for pregnant women. It focuses on addressing the physical challenges and changes that occur during pregnancy. The primary goals of prenatal physical therapy are to alleviate discomfort, improve physical function, and educate expectant mothers on body mechanics and self-care during pregnancy.

Prenatal physical therapy includes pain management, targeting back, pelvic, and sciatic pain through specialized exercises, stretches, and manual therapy. Emphasize strength and flexibility training, focusing on the back, abdomen, and pelvic floor physical therapy during pregnancy to support the body’s changing dynamics. This therapy enhances pelvic floor health, which is important for childbirth readiness and postpartum recovery.

It includes posture education and personalized exercise guidance, for each trimester, ensuring continued fitness and well-being. Prenatal physical therapy prepares mothers for labor with specific techniques, including breathing exercises and labor-aiding positions, to help ease the childbirth process.

paul duffy
paul duffy
08/07/2022
Best PT experience I’ve had thus far, and I’ve had quite a few. As a fitness professional and weekend foot soldier cyclist, I demand a lot from my body. Steph helped me restore stability and quality range of motion after my shoulder surgery and did far ahead of schedule. She’s the perfect balance of tough but caring, and above all very good at what she does.
jared hyman
jared hyman
08/07/2022
The single best PT experience I’ve ever had.
Drew Fisher
Drew Fisher
08/07/2022
Beautiful clinic and the therapist are highly skilled and knowledgeable. I always recommend Release to friends and family.
Phillip E
Phillip E
02/03/2022
During a trip of mine in August 2021 I came to release physical therapy from NY. The majority of my therapy was dry needling and some post needling muscle re-education. I received dry needling mainly from Bettie Kruger. Mrs Kruger is a very efficient dry needler. Ive been to quite a few places and she definitely knows what she is doing. The function and effectiveness of dry needling is heavily dependent on the skill of the clinician. There are physical therapists in the D.C. area that I've been to first hand, who although they are certified in dry needling they haven't a clue what they're doing. Similar to some people who have a barbers license and still don't know how to cut hair. Aside from her skill in anatomy and needling Bettie is energetic, she doesn't cut corners or try to cheat you out of your time. She's not lazy. You'll get about 53 to 55 minutes for the hour. She is not against patient oriented care, meaning she is open and responsive to patient input and requests. Patient centered care is an extremely useful approach that helps relieve and calm down some of the psychologically induced brain and pain connections one may be dealing with. She doesn't just dictate to you what is going to happen because she is the therapist and youre the patient. I had a few sessions with Mrs.Simon, not as many as with Bettie. I'm pretty sure id have a very similar review and experience of her. Oh yeah they have a little blue tooth speaker playing music, they'll even let you change the music, turn it down or even turn it off if you want. The bathroom was very clean, had a cool automatic light as well as faucet water. The hand soap smelled good too. The office manager Mrs Gonzalez was competent in scheduling appointments and responding to emails. Shes nice, polite, soft spoken. Their Instagram is pretty cool and visually gives you some insight on what to expect. Oh yeah they do cupping, graston and from what I saw was ultra sound guided dry needling. Bettie's pretty good at feeling for the knots but it will be cool to see it in real time, meh. Alot of places in the d.c. region will give you a bunch of silly pictures or have some motionless photos that don't leave much to interpret. When you get to those places you ask yourself "what the".... Whether you're in need of a "touch up" from acute pain or in a slightly worse case of chronic or persistent pain. I wouldn't even waste my time looking around. I would just go to release PT especially compared to any other clinics/pts in the Maryland D.C area. I have some pretty not so nice things to say about other clinics.
Elisa Barnett
Elisa Barnett
12/07/2021
Best physical therapist’s in the DC area!!! Personable, great staff, and an amazing massage therapist!!! Very clean & professional. Highly recommend!
Trip O'Connell
Trip O'Connell
11/08/2020
I have had back and neck injuries for years, and the ladies at Release keep me in the game! They are miracle workers!

What does a pregnancy physical therapy session typically involve?

Physical therapy for pregnancy customized sessions are catered to the mother’s unique needs. The approach varies based on the stage of pregnancy and specific health considerations. Sessions include:

  • Assessment: At Release PT, we start with a thorough assessment of the mother’s current physical condition, medical history, and specific concerns.
  • Pain Management Strategies: For pregnancy-related discomforts like back pain, pelvic pain, or sciatica, our Release PT therapists use techniques like manual therapy, soft tissue massage, or exercises to alleviate pain.
  • Exercise and Stretching Regimen: Our therapists guide the mother through exercises and stretches.
  • Education: Sessions educate the mother about body mechanics, posture, and ways to perform daily activities safely and comfortably, including bending, lifting, and sleeping.
  • Pelvic Floor Exercises: Strengthening pelvic floor muscles, crucial for childbirth and recovery post-delivery are given special attention.
  • Relaxation and Breathing Techniques: Relaxation techniques and effective breathing are taught so you can manage stress and the labor process.
  • Customized Plan and Home Exercises: Our Release PT therapist creates a customized plan, including home exercises for the mother to help prepare her body for childbirth.
  • Monitoring and Adjustments: As the pregnancy progresses, the therapist monitors the mother’s condition and adjusts the therapy plan.

Conditions Treated by Prenatal Physical Therapy

Prenatal physical therapy targets pregnancy-related conditions caused by physical and hormonal changes. Some of these conditions include:

  • Back Pain: As the baby grows, back strain increases, often leading to lower back pain.
  • Pelvic Girdle Pain:  Develops due to the loosening of ligaments and changes in posture.
  • Sciatica: Pressure on the sciatic nerve causes pain radiating from the lower back to the legs.
  • Round Ligament Pain: Involves pain in the sides of the abdomen due to round ligament stretching
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain: The sacroiliac joints can cause pain due to increased relaxation of joints and ligaments.
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Hormonal changes can lead to swelling in the wrists, causing nerve compression.
  • Urinary Incontinence: The growing uterus puts pressure on the bladder, leading to incontinence. Prenatal physical therapy strengthens the pelvic floor muscles to alleviate this.
  • Diastasis Recti: Separation of the abdominal muscles can occur as the uterus expands.
  • Poor Posture and Balance Issues: As the center of gravity shifts, posture and balance can be affected.
  • Leg Cramps and Swelling: Changes in circulation and pressure can cause cramps and swelling in the legs.

Benefits of Pregnancy Physical Therapy

Pregnancy physical therapy at Release PT helps expectant mothers navigate the physical challenges of pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum recovery. Key benefits include:

  • Pain Relief: It effectively addresses common pregnancy-related pains like back pain, pelvic pain, and sciatica, providing relief.
  • Improved Posture and Body Mechanics: As the body changes during pregnancy, physical therapy helps in adapting posture and body mechanics to reduce discomfort and prevent injury.
  • Strengthening and Flexibility: Targeted exercises strengthen muscles to support the added weight and changes in the body while also improving flexibility.
  • Pelvic Floor Conditioning: Strengthening pelvic floor muscles is essential for childbirth and encourages postpartum recovery, reducing the risk of incontinence.
  • Enhanced Circulation: Exercises and movements improve blood flow, reducing the risk of swelling and varicose veins.
  • Preparation for Childbirth: Physical therapy prepares the body for labor and delivery, teaching breathing techniques, labor positions, and strategies to manage pain during childbirth.
  • Faster Postpartum Recovery: By maintaining fitness and strengthening key muscles, physical therapy can contribute to a quicker recovery after giving birth.
  • Stress Reduction: The relaxation techniques and exercises help manage stress and improve well-being.
  • Reduced Risk of Pregnancy Complications: Physical activity reduces pregnancy-related complications like gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.
  • Personalized Care: Physical therapy provides exercises based on individual needs, ensuring safe and effective care throughout pregnancy.

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Best Physical Therapy Exercises for Pregnancy

Physical therapy exercises are designed to support a woman’s changing body and prepare her for childbirth. Exercises include pelvic floor strengthening, which improves bladder control and reduces the risk of incontinence, and prenatal yoga or Pilates, known for enhancing flexibility, strength, and balance while promoting relaxation and stress relief. Gentle stretching is beneficial because it can help alleviate back pain and sciatica. Low-impact cardiovascular exercises like walking or swimming are excellent for heart health. Squats and pelvic tilts strengthen core and pelvic muscles, which are important for labor and delivery. 

 

When should you not do physical therapy for pregnancy?

Physical therapy during pregnancy is generally safe, but there are exceptions. It’s not recommended for high-risk pregnancies, or conditions like preterm labor, severe hypertension, preeclampsia, or placenta previa. Women with severe osteoporosis, uncontrolled hypertension, or a history of spontaneous miscarriages should consult their physician. Physical therapy should be avoided in cases of active vaginal bleeding, acute pain, swelling, recent abdominal or pelvic surgery, musculoskeletal disorders, infections or fever. 

 

Is prenatal physical therapy covered by insurance?

We are an out-of-network provider, so our patients pay out of pocket for their visits. Your initial evaluation and treatment is $239, and follow-up treatments are $209. All sessions last 55 minutes. To save you time and trouble, we can obtain your out-of-network benefits information from your insurance provider prior to your visit and submit the claims on your behalf. You are then reimbursed directly by your insurance company based on your out-of-network policy. All fees are due at the time of service.

 

Is it safe to exercise and do physical therapy while pregnant?

Exercising and undergoing physical therapy during pregnancy is generally safe and beneficial, but requires precautions. Consult with your physician before starting any program, especially if you have underlying health conditions or a high-risk pregnancy. Physical therapy should cater to your pregnant body, avoiding high-impact exercises that are uncomfortable after the first trimester. Stick to moderate-intensity exercises like walking, swimming, prenatal yoga, and low-impact aerobics, and focus on pelvic floor and abdominal muscles. Emphasize physical therapy for pregnancy back pain for strengthening. Stay hydrated, avoid overheating, and listen to your body’s signals, stopping if you experience discomfort. 


What to Do Before Physical Therapy While Expectant

Before starting physical therapy while pregnant, consider these steps:

  •  Consult with your healthcare provider before beginning prenatal physical therapy.
  • Stay hydrated and maintain good nutrition.
  • Wear comfortable, supportive clothing and shoes.
  • Listen to your body and communicate any issues with your therapist.
  • Set realistic goals and prepare for childbirth.
  • Prioritize low-impact exercises to minimize risk.

We'll help you get back to work, back in the game, and back to doing the activities you love.

Release Physical Therapy

Treatments

At Release Physical Therapy Washington, DC, we offer a full range of manual therapies, as well as both traditional and non-traditional techniques. We work one-on-one with our patients to develop an individualized treatment plan that meets their unique needs, conditions, wellness goals and fitness levels. Learn More

Active Release Technique ® (ART)

Massage and movement-based technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.

K-Laser ® Therapy

The use of specific wavelengths of light to improve healing time, pain reduction, increase circulation and decrease swelling.

Trigger Point Dry Needling

Needle treatment that decreases pain, increases range of motion and improves strength by inactivating myofascial trigger points.

ASTYM ® Therapy

Regenerates healthy soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.), and eliminates or reduces unwanted scar tissue that may be causing pain or movement restrictions.

Kineseo ® Taping Method

Taping technique that reduces muscular pain and inflammation, relaxes overused muscles, improves posture and movement awareness and enhances performance.

Running Assessment

Individualized biomechanical analysis designed to identify strength, gait, and alignment imbalances to decrease risk of injury and improve your current training program.

Functional Training

Exercise regimens that integrate multiple muscle groups, joints and the brain to prepare the body for everyday movement, athletics and other specialized physical activities.

Graston Technique ®

Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization used to address soft tissue lesions and fascial restrictions resulting in improved patient outcomes.

Blood Flow Restriction (BFR)

Rehabilitation therapy and performance training technique using a Personalized Tourniquet System® designed for BFR, to reduce atrophy and increase strength.

Shockwave Therapy

A non-invasive, office based treatment that utilizes acoustic waves to alleviate pain, promote tissue regeneration, and accelerate the healing process.

Massage Therapy

Manual manipulation of the soft tissues including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints to relieve pain, improve circulation, and address specific musculoskeletal conditions.

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Physical Therapists

Our experienced and highly trained physical therapists specialize in treating the outpatient orthopedic population, including sports therapy, orthopedic/spinal therapy, chronic pain management, pre/post-surgical therapy, as well as wellness and prevention. All of our physical therapist are accepting new patients.

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Saturday

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Sunday

Office is closed

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"Dr. Simon's knowledge, expertise and patience have given me my life back. She spent more time discussing my injuries and recovery than both my doctor and an orthopedist." - L.J.

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At Release Physical Therapy, there is nothing more important to us than the health and safety of our patients and staff during this unprecedented time. The Department of Homeland Security and state governments have deemed physical therapy an essential component of healthcare during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic; therefore, our office will remain open to serve those in need. We are taking extensive preventative measures to protect our patients and employees who enter our clinic. Learn more

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Location & Hours


Hours of Operation

Monday-Thursday: 6am - 8pm
Friday: 6am - 5pm
Saturday: By appointment
Sunday: Office closed

Office Address

Release Physical Therapy
2134 L St NW, Washington, DC 20037

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Our Physical Therapists


Our experienced and highly trained physical therapists specialize in treating the outpatient orthopedic population, including sports therapy, orthopedic/spinal therapy, chronic pain management, pre/post-surgical therapy, as well as wellness and prevention. All of our physical therapists are accepting new patients.