Five important reasons to consult a women's health physio while pregnant
Our Women’s Health Physio team know that it is undoubtedly true that for women, pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period provide significant challenges due to the numerous physical, hormonal, and emotional changes they experience. These changes can frequently put your body under additional strain, especially your back, abdominal muscles, and pelvic floor, which can cause pain and discomfort. The changes the body goes through throughout this perinatal time are astounding. At Rosanna Physio our womens health physio offers the following examinations and therapies to support you during your amazing journey.
- Mastitis and obstructed ducts
Mastitis, which frequently appears in the first three months following childbirth, affects about 1 in 5 women. A clogged milk duct is a common cause of the breast irritation known as mastitis. If untreated, this condition can become excruciatingly painful, make you feel sick, and cause the infected breast area to turn extremely red and hot. Ultrasound therapy is one of the therapies we use at Rosanna Physio. Mastitis can be effectively treated with this because the ultrasonic waves work to dissolve the obstruction and stop more symptoms from developing. The effects of ultrasound therapy are hypothesised to improve tissue relaxation, local blood flow, and tissue heating.
- Abdominal division
The majority of pregnant women have abdominal separation, which is quite natural. You can’t avoid it since the baby needs room to grow. However, it’s crucial to concentrate on the abdominal separation once the baby is born by concentrating on the tummy muscles’ rehabilitation. To ensure that the linea alba’s separation closes together, it is crucial to perform stomach workouts correctly. The divide may widen if you perform the exercises incorrectly or too vigorously, which will make your stomach appear ridged or domed.
For both diagnosis and therapy of the lumbopelvic core muscles, real-time ultrasonography is used. For people with low back or pelvic girdle pain, this technique offers a useful insight into how the deep stability muscles of the region are functioning. Your deep core muscles can be reactivated with our guidance, and you can then incorporate this technique into your functional motions.
- Pelvic girdle pain brought on by pregnancy
Although it is not typical, this can happen either during pregnancy or after delivery. At Rosanna Physio, we provide you with instruction on the optimal ways to move throughout your everyday activities and prescribe exercises to stabilise your pelvis and restore its symmetry and alignment. Additionally included are methods for safe childbirth, outside supports, activity moderation, and hands-on techniques if necessary.
- Postnatal evaluation
To maximise their recovery after giving birth, we strongly advise new mothers who had a c-section or vaginal delivery to get a postnatal check. At six weeks postpartum, this is typically done. Our pelvic floor specialists will examine your pelvic floor, core, abdominal muscle separation, incontinence, prolapse, back discomfort, perineal pain, and pain in your c-section scar while instructing you on safe exercises that will help you get back to your favourite activity.
Although you might not have any symptoms in the early postpartum period, these pelvic floor problems could become problematic once you start exercising again or when you hit menopause. Therefore, in order to avoid later problems like urine leakage, prolapse, and abdominal separation, it is strongly advised to address these concerns as soon as they arise.
- A pelvic floor examination during pregnancy and instruction
If the pelvic floor is weak or tight in the second trimester, the pelvic floor function will be evaluated, and exercises will be recommended based on the length of the perineal body. Providing women with information on birthing options, risk factors, and encouragement to view maternal health as a crucial aspect of the labour and delivery process. Last but not least, information on postpartum healing is given along with suggestions for perineal massage to lessen tearing during birth.
In conclusion, there is assistance available to prevent and treat a variety of typical disorders that afflict women both immediately and later on after giving birth, such as incontinence, vaginal prolapse, abdominal separation, back discomfort, etc. By visiting a specialised women’s health physio in the first few months following delivery, you can take preventative action rather than waiting for issues to arise or to get worse.
REACH OUT FOR A CONSULTATION IF SEEING A WOMENS HEALTH PHYSIO SOUNDS RIGHT FOR YOU
Our physiotherapist and team are dedicated to making you feel comfortable and positive about the health of your pelvic floor. We want to support you and customise each experience to regain a pain-free, happy, and active lifestyle.