Pregnancy brings about many physical changes as well as hormonal changes which prepare the body physically for birth. These changes can offer cause postural changes and in turn, a level of discomfort and stress that is different for every women and every pregnancy. Physiotherapists are trained in pre and post natal physiotherapy, adapting treatment for each individual .
Pre and post-natal Physiotherapy care can help pregnant women cope better and manage the many changes they experience, both during pregnancy and for a short period after giving birth.
When preparing for childbirth and parenthood, women and their partners benefit from learning a range of physical techniques and coping skills. Physiotherapists have the expertise to teach these skills, which include positioning, rhythmic movement, massage, relaxation and breathing awareness.
Common pre-natal and post-natal problems that Physiotherapists may treat include:
- Spinal Pain
- Pelvic Pain
- Pelvic Floor Weakness
- Back Pain
- Abdominal Bulging
- Carpal Tunnel
- Post Caesarean Pain
- Ligament/Muscle Strains
The objective of physiotherapy is to gently restore balance to the body through several techniques in a drug-free environment. Some of the treatment techniques used may include:
- Joint and spinal mobilisation
- Massage techniques
- Exercise prescription
- Corrective taping and strapping
- Muscle retraining
- Clinical Pilates
- Heat and cold therapy
- Patient education
Physiotherapy can help reduce painful symptoms as well as increase mobility, flexibility and comfort. Increased strength helps minimise the recurrence of injuries so pregnant women can stay active during pregnancy and minimise post natal recovery.