Pregnancy physiotherapy helps women manage physical and hormonal changes that arise during pregnancy, childbirth and beyond. Pregnancy is a time of great change for a woman physically, emotionally and hormonally. As the fetus develops, increase stress is placed on the musculoskeletal system resulting in the potential for altered posture, shortened muscles, muscle imbalances, and changes in spinal mobility. These changes may present as pain and dysfunction in the back, hips, abdominals and pelvic region. During the postpartum phase, fluctuating hormone levels combined with additional physical changes as a result of delivery may also result in musculoskeletal problems such as excessive joint mobility, weakness of the core stabilizers, and altered spinal mobility and function.
Our Physiotherapists are highly experienced in treating pre and post-natal women who suffer from a variety of musculoskeletal conditions related to pregnancy.
Pregnancy-related issues we help with:
Low back pain
Pelvic girdle pain or instability
Sacroiliac joint pain
Buttock muscle pain
Thoracic pain/ stiffness
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction
What to expect on your initial appointment:
Your initial session will involve a comprehensive assessment to evaluate the extent of the problem, develop a treatment plan and establish goals. This can include:
Assessment of your abdominal and pelvic floor
Examination of your bladder or bowel issues
Education about your problem and what treatment will be best to help you, including the use of braces or devices
Exercises to improve posture, pelvic floor muscle function and coordination
Based on the diagnosis we will then develop a management plan to best suit your needs. This may include:
Hands on manual therapy to address spinal and pelvic dysfunction
Exercises for pelvic floor muscles
Real time ultrasound
Patient education on posture and activity modifications
Referrals to other health professionals
If you require a pregnancy-related appointment book online or contact us today!