Although there are undoubtedly exceptions to the rule; most women’s bodies do not feel fabulous after having a baby…. And this makes sense!
Never has your body been put through so much: the pregnancy, the delivery, then of course there is looking after the baby! The feeding, the sleep deprivation, the rocking, the swaying……all of this does not generally make for a happy body!!
Here at The Physiotherapy Clinic we understand. We treat many, many, many post-natal women for all kinds of reasons. No matter what it is you come in for we will look at your whole body. We want to know everything, because at this time more than ever one area can undoubtedly affect another.
What we can help with:
– Body pain (Pelvic pain, lower back pain, neck pain; you name it we can treat it!)
– Posture Assessment/ Advice on how to hold yourself post-baby (this is so important as everyone changes how they hold themselves after having a baby and this will affect your body for ever more!)
– Pelvic floor (we will look at where you are at, and let you know what you need to do to get to where you should be!)
– Abdominal separation (Diastasis Rectus Abdominus).
– A detailed 6 Week Check. Our own ‘Post- natal return to exercise assessment’ (whole body including pelvic floor). Get it done before you start to exercise.
– Real time ultrasound assessment of deep core muscles including pelvic floor
– Pelvic Organ Prolapse (when organs descend. See Pelvic Organ Prolapse)
– Use of pessaries to help and/or prevent pelvic organ prolapse (when organs descend). Especially helpful when trying to return to exercise. (See Pelvic Organ Prolapse)
– Faecal incontinence
– Management post perineal tear (tear at delivery of baby).
– Pelvic pain including pain with sex (See Pelvic Pain).
– Mastitis – inflamed breast due to blocked ducts whilst breastfeeding (most people don’t know that we treat this but we do and we do it well!)
– Group post-natal Pilates classes – small group classes led by a Women’s Health Physiotherapist focusing on Pelvic Floor, deep core, posture and stretching (especially tight upper back!). Babies welcome!