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Pregnancy Related Conditions

Physiotherapy provides pain relief for many conditions associated with pregnancy, as well as imparting education to prepare women for pregnancy, child birth and postnatal care.

Pregnancy Education

1. .sleeping postures, what positions are optimal, the use of pillows and supports to improve sleep comfort.
2. weight management to reduce the risk of gestational diabetes (elevated blood sugar levels) and preeclampsia.
3. feeding postures, the use of pillows to support the weight of the baby so feeding may occur without the effort of sustained holding of the baby.
4. breastfeeding support and treatment for mastitis and blocked ducts supplying supportive braces or devices

Manage Pain associated with Pregnancy

During pregnancy the effect of the hormonal changes in the body, the added fluid and weight and resultant postural changes all may lead to the experience of pain. Physiotherapy can help alleviate pain with manual therapy techniques and targeted exercise all whilst keeping your growing baby safe

Types of Pregnancy Conditions treated with Physiotherapy

Round Ligament Pain
Pubic Symphysis Pain
Sacroiliac joint (SIJ)
Lower Back Pain
Thoracic Pain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Abdominal Separation
Diastasis Recti

Post Pregnancy Assessment

.Physiotherapy Assessment of abdominal and pelvic floor. Noting any possible changes that have occurred as a result of pregnancy, labour and delivery. Particularly assessing the presence of Diastisis Rectii. Following up on any bladder or bowel issues as fecal and urinary incontinence are not uncommon for many women post pregnancy.

Post Pregnancy Exercise

.1. structuring regular physical activity, with consideration to exercise intensity, specific positions and postures to avoid.
2. post natal exercise - progression, intensity, exercise selection
3. exercises to improve posture, pelvic floor muscle function and coordination, and help return sport or other pre pregnancy activities.
4. strengthen muscles of the core, back and legs to hold extra weight and altered posture of pregnancy.
Therapeutic Exercise Prescription

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