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Sandy Willoughby, PT, CSCS, CAPP-OB

Sandy Willoughby, PT, CSCS, CAPP-OB

Sandy Willoughby, Physical Therapist, CSCS, CAPP-OBSandy has been with NMSMC since 2006. She finished her Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Michigan in 1992 and has been in outpatient orthopedics since that time. Sandy became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 2002.  As a mother of two, Sandy has a special interest in helping women during their childbearing years by treating pregnancy and postpartum therapy clients.  She developed The Sport Of Mothering in 2007 which offers prenatal and postpartum exercise classes and public speaking at childbirth education classes.  Sandy completed her Certificate in Pregnancy and Postpartum Physical Therapy in 2013 through the American Physical Therapy Association, Women's Health Section.  She is currently living in the Brutus area with her family enjoying small farming, camping, hiking, and snowshoeing.
Don't let pregnancy be a pain, in your back

Back pain during pregnancy is no laughing matter, as any mom-to-be with back pain can attest.


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Postpartum “Jelly Bellies”
By Sandy Willoughby PT, CSCS, CAPP-OB

“Jelly Belly” is not a medical term found in the literature but any woman who has had a baby knows what “Jelly Belly” means.    During pregnancy, we understand that the uterus enlarges with the growing baby and, along with that, the abdominal muscles stretch.  Once the baby is delivered, the uterus gradually shrinks down to its pre– pregnancy size (breast feeding assists with this) but the abdominal muscles need some help to return to their pre-pregnancy tone and length.  Abdominal muscles are skeletal muscles – they need to be contracted and used to restore tone and function.  It is for this reason that abdominal exercises become necessary; but don’t start with crunches just yet!  Yes…..you read that correctly.  Let’s talk about why.


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