PRE AND POST NATAL
In a relatively short period of time the female body under takes a significant physical and hormonal change and the impact to the body from pregnancy and birth is too often underestimated.
The physical changes that occur in the pregnancy and postnatal period are some of the biggest changes, if not the biggest change the body will ever undertake. This includes postural changes due to forward movement of the center of gravity, softening of the connective tissue in the pelvis, widening of the rib cage, lengthening of the abdominal muscles, a softening of the pelvic floor, descent and compression of the digestive and pelvic organs and reduced tone in the blood vessels. This is not to mention the changes that occur to the body during birth whether it be a vaginal delivery or cesarean.
The changes that occur affect every system in the body, so it’s no wonder that the body starts to feel different, with new areas of pain or discomfort commending such as back pain, pubic bone and pelvic girdle pain, hips pain, ribs pain, wrist pain and other symptoms such as incontinence, vaginal heaviness or painful intercourse common.
The good news is that there is so much that can be done in pregnancy or post-natal period to help treat areas of pain or discomfort, or better still prevent issues arising. We are passionate about ensuring women optimise the function of their pregnant and postnatal body which is why we run our Bump to Baby clinic. We are here to help you navigate this adventure called motherhood and the impact it has on your body. Whether we see you in pregnancy or in the postnatal period for issues related to the musculoskeletal system, pelvic floor, preventative care or exercise we are here to help.
Pregnancy musculoskeletal assessment and treatment of pelvic girdle pain, rib dysfunctions, low back and neck pain
Pelvic floor assessment to teach correct pelvic floor activation for the treatment and prevention of incontinence and prolapse
Screening and treatment of high tone (tight) regions in the pelvic floor that may impact birth
Exercise prescription specific to the pregnant body
Education and discussions surrounding labour positions, birth choices and early post-natal recovery
Hiring of TENS device for labour pain modulation
Early post-natal RTUS assessment of pelvic floor function and abdominal wall activation
Assessment and treatment of abdominal muscle separation
Specific Pelvic floor rehabilitation program
Treatment of back pain, pelvic girdle pain, neck pain, rib pain, wrist conditions.
Postural, feeding and baby carrier ergonomic assessments
Mastitis and blocked ducts
Treatment of pelvic floor related conditions such as incontinence, prolapse, painful intercourse, anal sphincter tears, episiotomy recovery
Return to exercise guidance