Our experienced Physiotherapists assist with various musculoskeletal changes that occur in the child-bearing year. During pregnancy your stomach and pelvic floor muscles are stretched and the hormone relaxin is released which stretches ligaments. Overload to the body during this time can cause pain for some women. As well as any hands on treatment you may require, we can design basic an exercise program for each patient to do at home or else as part of a Clinical Pilates session. Clinical Pilates can help stabilise your back and pelvis and therefore take the load off weakened areas in your body.
InnerStrength of Bayside also runs a 50 minute Mums and Bubs mat Pilates class, suitable from 6 weeks after giving birth. This class will help you regain strength and tone in a safe and fun environment. The exercises are designed to include your baby and we always incorporate some tummy time. Whilst no assessment is required prior to this class, it is recommended you have a Clinical Pilates assessment with one of our Physios if you are experiencing any pain or suffer from any musculoskeletal injuries. Contact us now on 8555 4099 or book online to organise your first Mums and Bubs class.
Physiotherapy techniques are used to effectively treat these conditions during pregnancy and post natally:
- Low and mid back pain
- Sacro-Iliac joint pain (+/- sciatica)
- Pubic Symphysis pain
- Piriformis muscle spasm
- Difficulty/pain with movement
- Rectus diastasis (abdominal separation +/- bulging)
- Weak pelvic floor muscles
- Carpal tunnel symptoms
These conditions are often greatly relieved with various strategies including:
- Deep massage
- Manual therapy
- Stability muscle strengthening
- Postural stretches
- Specific muscle balancing and co-ordination techniques (including retraining, positioning and patterning)
- External supports and splints
During pregnancy our physiotherapists are able to treat you while you are lying on your stomach using the belly pillow, which comes in two sizes for early and late pregnancy.
Please watch these three videos where InnerStrength of Bayside Physiotherapist Lara Syme shows some examples of Clinical Pilates exercises during pregnancy. Please note that we recommend that you are first assessed by your physiotherapist before attempting these exercises and stop if pain arises.