PREGNANCY AND WOMEN'S HEALTH PHYSIOTHERAPY
Your body goes through big changes during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.
Common things we see include:
-after baby pelvic floor check
-return to exercise after baby check
-pelvic floor dysfunction and pain
-separation of the abdominal muscles
-low back and sacroiliac joint pain
-wrist and thumb pain (which can be triggered from feeding and lifting baby)
Our Physiotherapist Brooke has done further Women's Health and Pelvic Floor training. This means they have extensive knowledge of Women's Health related conditions and are able to perform vaginal examinations and pelvic floor muscle treatment if required.
Book in with Brooke at either our Bushland Beach, Douglas, Bluewater or Balgal Beach clinic below:
Spinal and joint pain
Neck, upper and lower back pain is very common in pregnancy and motherhood due to the increased demands we have on our bodies. Other common conditions of pregnancy and motherhood include carpal tunnel and De Quervain's tenosynovitis (RSI in the thumb and wrist)
Your Physiotherapist will complete a thorough assessment and work with you to reduce your symptoms.
During pregnancy extra hormones are released to help with childbirth. Sometimes, this increased flexibility can worsen any asymmetries of the pelvis, leading to pubic symphysis, buttock or sacroiliac joint pain. Your Physiotherapist will work at treating these asymmetries as recommend appropriate braces if needed to support you during the rest of the pregnancy,
As baby grows, some women experience separation of the abdominal muscles. This usually goes back to normal on its own after baby comes, but if you still have some separation of the tummy muscles 6 weeks after baby it is important for a physiotherapist to assess and monitor the amount of separation and discuss safe, effective exercises for helping the abdominal muscles come back together.
Incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine. There can be different causes of incontinence such as stress incontinence (leakage of urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh or jump), urge incontinence, bed wetting and overflow incontinence.
Your Women and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist will take a detailed history of your symptoms and if required examine the muscles of your pelvic floor to dertermine which type of incontinence you have and develop a plan to treat it.