Prevention & Treatment of Post-Natal Muscle Dysfunctions
There is lots of evidence that indicates the stronger you can build your core and pelvic floor muscles during pregnancy, the lower your chances are of having back pain or incontinence after you give birth.
During your pregnancy, we can help you prepare for labour and reduce the risk of post-natal back pain and incontinence through:
- Optimizing your upper body, lower body and core muscle strength
- Providing specialised exercise plans to allow you to maintain your fitness
- Teaching you safe lifting strategies to reduce injuries from lifting babies
- Helping you to engage and strengthen your pelvic floor muscles
- Helping you to plan your birthing plan to reduce the risk of pelvic injury during labour
After you give birth we can provide a detailed post-natal check-up to assess your pelvic floor muscles and core muscle health to help you return to exercise, prevent future problems and address any issues early (around 6 weeks after you deliver is advised).
Post-natal incontinence & perineal tears
20-40 % of women will suffer from post-natal incontinence following normal vaginal delivery. This figure is even higher for women who have a suffered from a 3rd or 4th degree tear (30-55%).
Whilst post-natal incontinence is common- you don’t have to just put up with it- we can help.
We can help to restore your pelvic floor function and treat your incontinence through pelvic floor training, core work and perineal scar massage.
Abdominal muscle separation (diastasis recti)
Around 60% of women sustain post-natal abdominal muscle separation (diastasis recti) which can result in impaired pelvic stability, altered trunk mechanics and lower back pain.
We can help improve the aesthetics and function of your abdominal muscles through specialized exercises and hands-on therapy.
Post- natal back pain
Many women suffer from back pain after pregnancy
Using a holistic approach to post-natal pain management, we can help treat your pain through:
- Optimizing your core muscle strength
- Teaching you safe lifting strategies
- Providing hands-on treatment such as manual therapy and caesarian scar work
- Assessing and treating any pelvic floor dysfunctions which could be contributing to your pain
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