Seeking to Become Your Women’s Health and Wellness Destination at All Stages of Life

Thrive Integrated Physical Therapy has, for many years, been serving with diligence and passion our friends and neighbors in lower Manhattan.  We pride ourselves on being a comprehensive center for the orthopedic management of nearly all musculoskeletal injury.  Over the past few years, consumers have been vocal about wanting more directed care in one specific area: services targeted around maintaining health while pregnant and returning to safe activity after child birth.  This movement in patient awareness is well timed and is consistent with a shift in our collective understanding of child birth recovery.  In the spring of 2018, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist revised its postpartum care guidelines to suggest that women should be followed for an extended period of time after giving birth.  The guidelines state that mothers need ongoing support beyond the initial healing stage and well into the “fourth trimester,” ultimately concluding with visits around the 12 week mark post-birth.   The intent is to more fully help women re-integrate into their lives, including their roles as mothers, earners, partners, and hobbyists.  It also reflects that the medical community is becoming more aware of what persons with children implicitly know…having a baby is physically radical and rehabilitating afterwards is often more in depth and complicated than many are led to believe.

We at Thrive are ready to help meet the needs of pre and postpartum women and are launching a comprehensive rehabilitation and wellness program.  We are looking forward to helping women stay strong and pain free during pregnancy, maintain safe exercise practices pre and post birth, and rehabilitate from injury.  Our services will include a full musculoskeletal evaluation and examination for a wide variety of issues relevant to women, including:

physical therapy for pre and postpartum care

  • Pelvic muscle function screen, including internal and external muscle assessment
  • Urinary continence management and education
  • Scar management
  • Diastasis recti screen and care
  • Orthopedic care for pain and dysfunction related to physical demands of pregnancy
  • Orthopedic care for pain and dysfunction related to physical demands of child care
  • Return to exercise goal setting and planning post delivery

We are thrilled to be expanding our services, and so looking forward to partnering with other hard working medical and fitness professionals in this space to bring to the downtown community the best possible care.  So, whether your baby is 3 months or 3 years old, consider us as a place for healing, recovery, and return to dynamic activity!


Elizabeth D'Annunzio Shah Physical Therapist New York CityElizabeth D’Annunzio Shah, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC works with patients of all ages and abilities including recreational athletes, professional dancers and performing artists. She has a special interest in vestibular and balance disorders, movement theory and creative solutions for both neurologically and musculoskeletally impaired persons. Elizabeth is passionate about exercise as a means to maintain health, manage stress and enjoy life! She practices yoga in the Iyengar tradition, is an avid surfer, and participates in distance running events whenever possible. (more)