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Ante and Post Natal ServicePhysiotherapy can play a vital role in the prevention and management of the physical discomforts and problems that can arise from the way in which the body adapts and changes during pregnancy and after childbirth.
Hormonal changes, altered body shape and weight increase can place abnormal loading stresses on parts of a woman's body, which can lead to significant discomfort and altered function, with even basic tasks such as sitting and walking.
Common physical problems experienced during pregnancy include low back pain, pelvic pain, upper back pain, rectus diastasis, carpal tunnel, bladder leakage and morning sickness.
Post-natally, back and pelvic problems can continue due to the soft tissue and joint changes that have occurred during pregnancy, and due to the continued presence of relaxin in the body during the post-delivery period and whilst breastfeeding. Postures adopted by new mums when picking up their baby, leaning over to change nappies and when breastfeeding can contribute to the incidence of joint and muscular pains following childbirth.
Bladder leakage can also persist after childbirth due to the weakening and stretching of the pelvic floor muscles during pregnancy and labour. Both Caesarian section and vaginal deliveries can significantly weaken the pelvic floor muscles and this, coupled with the stretching of this muscle group that occurs during pregnancy can cause the pelvic floor to struggle to 'fire-up' and contract following delivery, leading to persistent lower back pain, sacro-iliac joint dysfunction and urinary stress incontinence.
How can physiotherapy help new mums and mums-to-be?
Physiotherapy can help to provide a healthier and more enjoyable pregnancy experience a safe and speedy return to 'normal' so that you can enjoy your baby and your experience as a new mum.
At PEAK Physiotherapy we can teach you how to activate the important pelvic floor muscles and individually design a core stability programme that can improve your pregnancy experience and help you get back to the activities you love following the birth of your child.
We are experienced in educating new mums and mums-to-be about what to expect as their bodies continually change throughout their pregnancy, and can advise how to deal with any physical problems as they arise.
We also have a qualified Bowen Therapist who can use safe and gentle techniques in order to relax tightened muscles and soft tissue, improve joint function and reduce pain.
Often, the specifics of ante and post-natal musculoskeletal (MSK) changes are not taught as part of your routine ante and post-natal classes. Physiotherapists are highly trained MSK professionals with in-depth knowledge and skills to address MSK issues as they arise during and after pregnancy. We are delighted to be able to offer the specialist ante and post-natal services of Charlotte Bland. Charlotte has a special interest in treating pelvic and sacro-iliac pain and dysfunction, particularly in pregnant and post-natal ladies, and has a wealth of experience in various different treatment approaches to these areas. Charlotte is based at our clinic in Garforth.
Call us to enquire about how we can help you to enjoy a more comfortable pregnancy and an active life as a new mum! For further information regarding our ante and post-natal services, telephone Cathy Preston on 07908 684440 or Sarah Joice on 07908 684441.
PEAK Physiotherapy is pleased to be able to recommend Blooming Babies run by Midwife Annie Robinson, which offers antenatal education and birth preparation, aquanatal and post natal exercise classes to new mums and mums-to-be across North Leeds and Harrogate.
We are proud to support and to be associated with The Pelvic Partnership, www.pelvicpartnership.org.uk, helping women across the country with pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PGP).
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