Ante Postnatal Care
We have a dedicated Women’s Health Physiotherapist who specialises in treating a wide variety of gynaecological problems, including bladder and bowel continence, prolapse, pre and post surgery as well as pregnancy related continence issues.
Our physiotherapist can help women during their pregnancy and after the delivery of their baby. We also offer post natal Pilates classes.
Antenatal intial assessment and treatment
Pregnancy can bring about a number of aches and pains. However, there are a number of options which are on offer to help women reduce these symptoms and allow them to enjoy a more comfortable pregnancy. During the antenatal period any physiotherapy a woman receives should take into account the many changes the body is going through.
We see pregnant women who have musculoskeletal aches and pains. Most commonly these include:
- Pelvic girdle pain/symphysis pubis dysfunction
- Back pain
- Thoracic and rib pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
The physiotherapist will assess you and provide an appropriate treatment programme. This may include
- Careful manual therapy
- Appropriate exercises
- Advice on ways to limit the stress through your body
- Supplying and fitting you with supportive devices such as pelvic girdle belts
Postnatal assessment and treatment
The postnatal period sees the woman’s body changing once again and the many demands a new baby brings to the mother can often lead to pain and dysfunction.
A new mum in discomfort needs support and care and we offer a number of options to deal with this. Advice on ways to reduce stress through your body at this physically challenging time for example, advice on positions for feeding (breast or bottle) or changing your baby. The Physiotherapist is extremely understanding of the challenges new mums face and is very happy for patients to attend with their babies.
On a one-to one basis we can assess and treat postnatal woman for any musculoskeletal problem. Commonly this includes:
- Neck and thoracic pain
- Low back pain
- On-going pelvic girdle pain/ symphysis pubis dysfunction
- Weak tummy muscles
- Tummy muscles which are still divided more than 6 weeks post-natally (the usual time for them to come back together again)
The physiotherapist can see you and provide a number of modalities. These include:
- Careful manual therapy
- Appropriate exercises to maintain or improve tummy tone and help bring the tummy muscles back together again
Post natal Pilates classes
We also offer a postnatal Pilates Class. This is a 6 week programme with a maximum of 5 participants. As the class numbers are small there is good opportunity for the therapist to pay close attention to all participants. It can also lead to great supportive friendships being forged during this time of challenges and joy. The classes last 1 hour and you can participate in the class anytime from 6 weeks after the birth of your baby.
The exercise element consists of exercises to target your core/ postural muscles which can be useful in preventing or reducing back and pelvic pain and for regaining your figure. They are always set at a level relevant to each individual.