Being pregnant and giving birth are exciting times for a new mum, but those feelings can be tied up with anxiety as a women’s body goes through enormous changes during this time.
An area of Women's health physiotherapy is specialised in helping treat women with issues arising from pregnancy, childbirth and beyond. Unfortunately many women have no idea that this type of physiotherapy is available, or where to go for help when they are suffering with pain, discomfort and incontinence. In fact, in many EU countries new mums automatically receive women’s health physiotherapy sessions; equipping them with information, help and support following childbirth.
Research shows that 50-70% of women experience pain in their back and / or pelvis during pregnancy, and of that, 14-22% have severe problems. A huge 30-50% of pregnant ladies suffer urinary incontinence during pregnancy and 12% postnatally. A women’s health physiotherapist has expertise with helping women back to a pain free life after having a baby. She will help women during their pregnancy to stay fit, strong and free from pain. Then, after the birth she can give the new mum a full check and assessment and a course of treatment when it is required.
Pain in pregnancy is largely due to the hormone relaxin but abnormal loads through the pelvis, changes to posture and decreased muscle power and activity can all contribute. Increased levels of relaxin allow your ligaments to loosen ready to deliver your baby through the pelvic floor. However, it also causes ligaments supporting other joints to relax, which can lead to decreased support and pain.
After having a baby you may feel weakness in areas such as your tummy muscles and your pelvic floor. This could lead to back and pelvic pain, bladder and bowel weakness and poor core strength.
A women’s health physiotherapist has the expertise to help with these specific pains and will use a combination of manual therapy and specific exercises to help reduce pain and restore your body.
A Women’s health physiotherapist will be able to assess the muscles of your tummy and pelvic areas. She will check your breathing, tummy gap and pelvic floor strength. Following a check up you will be given advice on any further necessary treatment, and safe exercise to help you regain your strength.
Judy is our women’s health physiotherapist helping ladies during pregnancy, after the birth and beyond. Please don’t ignore you pregnancy related pains; help is available if you know where to find it. She is also taking bookings for new mum checks. Ring the clinic on 01992 586659, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.