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Patient Stories

Mom Keeps Up With Triplets With Help Of PT

Mom Keeps Up With Triplets With Help Of PT Deidre Harris's Story

Two years ago, Deidre Harris was struggling with poor strength and muscle weakness. It’s no wonder, given that her body was performing a miracle…times three! That’s right, she was carrying triplets. Her physician recommended aquatic therapy, allowing her to remain active while reducing the pressure on her strained body.

Though the aquatic therapy helped tremendously, Deidre was placed on bed rest for the final three months of her pregnancy. Following the birth of her happy, healthy baby girls, she faced new challenges. Lifting, bending and even standing for prolonged periods were challenging due to the changes her body had undergone. She returned to Sheltering Arms, this time for outpatient physical therapy focused on improving her core strength.

“Physical therapy has helped me keep up with my girls,” says Harris. “Even things like standing at the kitchen sink to wash dishes and going up and downstairs at home are easier.”

Progress made during her twice-weekly appointments was complemented by the home exercises recommended by her therapist. Now she’s able to focus on what matters most. As the triplets are nearing their second birthday, the full-time mom, who also has a ten-year-old daughter, takes her girls to the park, for long walks, and to the mall without a problem. It’s safe to say that no matter where she is, she’s on the go!

Learn more about physical therapy at Sheltering Arms.

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