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Pre/Post Natal Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Care

Pregnancy is an amazing and life changing experience, however it can take a toll on your body as it transforms to accommodate your growing baby. During pregnancy, your body undergoes dramatic change in a fairly short period of time. As the baby grows inside you, your hormones, posture and balance change. With time, as the baby gets heavier, the pressure inside your abdomen and down onto your pelvic floor muscles increases. Your muscles, joints and ligaments undergo many changes which affect the whole body, and it is common to experience a variety of musculoskeletal symptoms.

Antenatal physiotherapy

Prenatal Physiotherapy

Some common conditions you may experience during pregnancy include:

  • Pelvic girdle/ Hip/ Groin/ Pubic pain
  • Lower back/ Sacroiliac joint (SIJ) pain/ Sciatica
  • Thoracic/ Rib pain
  • Pelvic floor weakness and Urinary incontinence
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

As every pregnancy is different, our experienced physiotherapists will design a specific program to suit your needs. Based on your assessment, your treatment may include assessment and strengthening of the pelvic floor and core muscles, joint mobilisations, massage, an exercise program to maintain flexibility and strength, education and advice.

Postnatal Physiotherapy

 Common problems experienced postnatally include:

  • Pelvic and Lower back pain
  • Upper back and Neck pain
  • Diastasis Recti (Abdominal separation)

Your Postnatal MOT will include:
    • Pelvis, SIJ and Lumbar spine assessment
    • Rectus Abdominus Diastasis (abdominal separation) assessment
    • Return to sport assessment
    • Scar assessment

Treatment may include an individualised exercise program including abdominal and core strengthening, treatment of any musculoskeletal issues found, scar tissue management and advice on return to sport, posture and ergonomics.

Ideally a Postnatal MOT should be performed from 6 weeks postnatally (after you have had your GP check-up), but even if your pregnancy was years ago, it’s never too late!

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