Womens Health Services
Did you know that during pregnancy up to two thirds of women suffer from back pain? Or that roughly one fifth complain of pelvic pain. Pregnancy can have a profound and lasting effect on your body, with many women experiencing physical discomfort at differing stages of their pregnancy.
Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you have to put up with back ache, pelvic girdle pain or other pregnancy-related problems or that there is nothing you can do about it.
Physiotherapy in pregnancy can really help women who are suffering from pregnancy-related problems to resolve or manage their symptoms and make their pregnancy easier.
Specialist antenatal/postnatal assessment and treatment
Individually-tailored advice and home exercises
Maternity support belts if appropriate
During pregnancy the body prepares for the birth by releasing hormones which loosen the ligaments that hold your joints together to allow you to give birth. As a result the joints of the back and pelvis have a bit more ‘give’, your body is also changing shape distributing your weight differently through the joints resulting in different biomechanical forces that can cause back and pelvic pain. Everyday activities such as housework, sleeping and looking after other children can place stress through these joints and can result in things becoming misaligned.
Women’s health physiotherapy focuses on improving posture, alignment and strength in the muscles that support these joints so that your body is able to manage these stresses. Strengthening the muscles that support your back and bump will help reduce discomfort and get your flat tummy back post-natally. Advice on safe ways to do those everyday tasks can help you avoid aggravating symptoms. Many women are also often anxious about continuing to exercise during their pregnancy, we offer advice about staying active and safely continuing exercise.