Physiotherapy and Pregnancy – How Physiotherapy Helps
During pregnancy your body will go through a huge amount of change. Your spine, pelvis, ligaments and muscles change dramatically to accommodate a growing fetus. These changes can place additional pressure on your joints and muscles of your spine and pelvis. Pregnancy simply speeds up postural changes and the body has to work overtime to adapt. Even in the last trimester the changes in weight and posture can be quite dramatic. From a Physiotherapy point of view, deeper more structural changes are important. The softening of pelvic ligaments (to enable the baby to be delivered through the pelvis) caused by a hormone called Relaxin can alter the stability of the whole body. Depending on the person, the position of the growing baby can lead to pain and discomfort in the spine and pelvis. Physiotherapy treatment aims to improve your body’s ability to change (compensate) and adapt during pregnancy. The aim of Physiotherapy during pregnancy is to support you and your baby with the minimum pain and discomfort.
Physiotherapy During Pregnancy?
Hatfield Physiotherapy aims to strengthen and stabilise problematic areas during pregnancy. It also aims to educate and inform through discussion and also importantly to soothe and ease away pains that seem to change day by day. Physiotherapy treatments aim to normalise your body so that it works as effectively as possible. Treatments during pregnancy are no different. We aim to assist the natural process of pregnancy and birth by aiding the body to adapt and align as the pregnancy progresses. Hatfield Practice Physiotherapy treatment achieves this by using experienced Physiotherapists who use gentle, safe and effective treatments. We are always aware of you, your baby and how you feel.
Physiotherapy and Your Pelvis
During the delivery of your baby many factors can affect the passage of the baby through the pelvis. In some women, the pelvis is naturally asymmetrical or twisted out of line. This twisting can be due to many factors. This rigidity can interfere with the baby’s delivery through the birth canal and is the complete opposite of being hyper-mobile due to the hormone Relaxin. Physiotherapy treatment can help improve your spinal function and to mobilise your spine and pelvis in order to align your body. Physiotherapy is great for improving pelvis and lower back mechanics. It’s helpful that the spine and pelvis is in the best possible position with as little torsion and restriction as possible.
Is It Safe To Have Physiotherapy During Pregnancy?
Physiotherapy at the Hatfield practice is both safe and gentle for both mother and the baby. The Hatfield Practice only use hand picked experienced Physiotherapists who have undertaken post graduate training. Physiotherapy treatments used during pregnancy are professional and carefully applied. Our Physiotherapy is gentle and your comfort is paramount. The mother and baby’s wellbeing is always taken into consideration. Physiotherapy Treatment is individually designed to suit each patient.
It’s important to us that you are very comfortable. We use specially designed and pillows and cushions for your comfort. Some patients like to lie on their front for certain physiotherapy techniques. The Physiotherapist is trained to know if you’re comfortable in certain positions (or at least to ask). Please feel free to let us know if you are worried or of course even slightly uncomfortable.
Can Physiotherapy Help Postnatally?
Depending on the type of labour experienced during childbirth, women can have a wide range of issues postnatally. Physiotherapy treatment can help to restore you back to balance after the babies birth. During pregnancy the body is pushed backwards into an extended position which shortens and tightens muscles. Physiotherapy is about taking away any pain and discomfort. Physiotherapy is about releasing the habits that the last nine months have formed along your spine and pelvis. With a new baby life can change dramatically during the first year. They grow so quickly and getting the balance right between your wellbeing and the baby’s care is important to us. Physiotherapy can also help ongoing back problems.
Physiotherapy treatment can also help with aches and pains associated with poor breast-feeding posture (men as using bottles. Well, you will be suprised !). Baby grows very fast so lifting car seats can be hard. Prams seem to be getting heavier and heavier and of course carrying baby and bending over the cot.
Overall, postnatal Physiotherapy can help with long term preventative care, allowing you to relax and enjoy your new baby.
Hatfield Practice Woman s Health Clinic
We also provide a specialist Physiotherapy Woman s Health Clinic at the Hatfield Practice run by Jenny Constable Chartered Physiotherapist if support and “retraining” is needed. Acupuncture and Physiotherapy may help with difficulties with menstruation, stress incontinence, and bowel problems postnatally.
Speak Jenny in Total Confidence ?
Perhaps you would like to speak Jenny in total confidence, regarding a problem you have or for general Physiotherapy advice please call the Hatfield Practice on 01707 888229 or email email@example.com. Your call will be treated in the strictest confidence. Please don’t worry and suffer alone. If it’s helpful we can get Jenny to call you at home.
Women’s Health Physiotherapy
What conditions does the Physiotherapist Treat ?
• Stress urinary incontinence ( leaking urine when you cough, sneeze laugh or run)
• Urinary urgency incontinence ( the desperate urge to pass urine and not always making it in time )
• Increased urinary frequency
• Pelvic organ prolapse ( when the uterus, bladder or bowel move down into the vagina)
• Faecal urgency
• Faecal incontinence
• Perineum pain post delivery
• Sexual discomfort
What Women’s health assessment and treatment may involve
o Detailed history
o Pelvic floor assessment
o Education and advice
o Individualised exercise program
o The use of neuromuscular stimulation
o Soft tissue techniques
o Bladder training
o Fluid and diet advice
Useful Woman s Health Information
Useful Link to the bladder and Bowel foundation.