Our Physiotherapists are experienced in pre and post natal care and can assist with various musculoskeletal changes that occur during this time. 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 Physio-led Exercise or Group Physiotherapy session to address your needs during pregnancy or post natally.
Our Group Physiotherapy sessions can cater for both pre and post natal women. They have a maximum of 4 people per class and are run by a Physiotherapist. Our Physios deliver individualised exercise programs within an evidenced-based therapeutic framework. These individualised Physio-led programs may include exercises delivered on Pilates equipment and are made for you specifically. During pregnancy, these sessions 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 Group Physiotherapy mat class, suitable from 6 weeks after giving birth. This class will help you regain strength and tone in a safe and fun environment. Some exercises are derived from Pilates and the session is designed to include your baby. We always incorporate some tummy time.
Assessments are required before commencing both Group Physiotherapy and Mums and Bubs classes. If these group sessions 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 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 an InnerStrength of Bayside Physiotherapist shows some examples of core strengthening exercises during pregnancy. Please note that you must be assessed by your Physiotherapist before attempting these exercises and should stop if pain arises.