Mommy Wellness Research Study at the Oregon Physical Therapy Association’s annual conference

On Saturday, March 11th 2017 Christina and Gina presented their research study at the Oregon Physical Therapy Association’s annual conference in Portland.

Christina McManigal PT, DPT, PRPC and Gina Clark PT, DPT, in collaboration with Pacific University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program, performed a pilot study of the efficacy of the Mommy Wellness Program hosted by MCMC.

The program began at MCMC in 2011 and has evolved over the years to become an 8 week interdisciplinary exercise and education program for pregnant and postpartum moms. The intent was to encourage exercise, comraderie among a community of new moms and to educate them regarding a healthy lifestyle for themselves and their children. Topics include lactation support, baby sign-language, infant massage, sexual healing, nutrition for the family, physical fitness, stress management, and emotional well-being.

The study investigates changes in key areas of focus for the program: Fitness, Pelvic pain, Quality of life, and Postpartum Depression. Our hope is to demonstrate effectiveness of the program, modify the content as research and feedback indicates, and eventually encourage duplication of this program across the state and nation.