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 a basic exercise program for each patient to do at home or as part of a Clinical Pilates session to address your needs.
Our Clinical Pilates sessions have a maximum of 4 people per class and are run by a Physiotherapist. Your program is individualised and made for you specifically. During pregnancy, 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 postnatal 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.
Assessments are required before commencing both Clinical Pilates and Mums and Bubs classes. If these classes are of interest to you, or you are experiencing pain, discomfort or an exacerbation of a pre-existing musculoskeletal condition at any stage of pregnancy, contact us now on 8555 4099 or book online to organise an assessment with one of our Physiotherapists.
The following conditions can be effectively treated by Physiotherapy techniques during pregnancy and postnatally:
- 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 an InnerStrength of Bayside Physiotherapist shows some examples of Clinical Pilates exercises during pregnancy. Please note that you must be assessed by your Physiotherapist before attempting these exercises and should stop if pain arises.