Pregnancy

  • Treatment for neck, back and pelvic girdle pain
  • Pelvic floor assessment and education
  • Education and advice about exercising safely in pregnancy

I believe that all women should visit a Women’s Health Physio at least once while they are pregnant!

It is imperative that you understand the significant musculoskeletal changes that are happening to your body and the impact that pregnancy and child birth (via a natural delivery or caesarean) can have on your body and your pelvic floor.  Very few of the women that I treat are aware of how exactly they should be doing their pelvic floor exercises and fail to perform them adequately.  It also essential that you understand what exercise is safe to be doing in pregnancy.  Research shows that women who regularly do their pelvic floor exercises while pregnant and in the post natal period are less likely to be incontinent in the future, so please ensure that you are doing them!

Neck, back and pelvic pain

While back and pelvic girdle pain are relatively common in pregnancy with a third of women suffering from them, they are not normal.  Back and/or pelvic pain can be due to the relaxin hormone which allows your uterus and abdominal muscles to accommodate your growing baby, also loosening the other muscles around your lower back and pelvis.  This loosening reduces the stability of these joints and can cause pain. Other reasons for back and pelvic girdle pain include weight gain in pregnancy and the postural changes that occur as your belly grows.  Many women also notice that their pelvic floors weaken in pregnancy (and they leak urine with coughing, laughing or sneezing) and this can also contribute to this pain.

While you are pregnant, I can help you to ease this pain through the use of:

  • Massage and trigger point release
  • Acupuncture
  • Very gentle joint mobilisations
  • Stretching
  • Electrotherapy
  • Kinesio taping
  • Postural correction
  • Education about pregnancy safe exercise

As well as strengthening exercises in the form of:

  • Transversus abdominal and gluteal strengthening exercises
  • Pelvic floor education and strengthening exercises
  • Lifestyle advice

 

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