Postnatal Physiotherapy Services

By Healthweb | June 5, 2015

Adelaide Postnatal Physiotherapy services are provided by Physiotherapy for Women’s physiotherapists. Our physiotherapists have empathy and the clinical skills to assist new mums in the following areas:

  • Postural correction and awareness during breast feeding or bottle feeding
  • Back care skills and awareness for household and childcare activities
  • Core muscle activation in daily activities
  • Progressive postnatal strengthening and stretching exercises
  • Pelvic floor muscle awareness and exercise

At Physiotherapy for Women we understand how hard it can be for new mums to find the time for physiotherapy assessment and treatment, so we will adjust our diary to suit the needs of busy mothers.

A medical referral is not required for Postnatal Physiotherapy Services. Following the birth, whether days, weeks, or months after the delivery, common conditions treated by our physiotherapists include:

  • Lower back pain, pelvic girdle pain, buttock muscle pain, hip pain / stiffness, sacroiliac joint pain, pelvic joint pain, sciatica, pelvic girdle instability, coccydynia (coccyx pain)
  • Shoulder blade pain, thoracic pain / stiffness, rib pain, neck pain / stiffness, headaches
  • Pelvic floor muscle weakness, bladder weakness, urinary stress incontinence, prolapse, pelvic pain
  • Breast engorgement, blocked milk ducts, mastitis
  • Abdominal muscle separation (DRAM)
  • Core muscle weakness
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome, wrist and finger pain / tingling / numbness

Being a new mum or a mum with toddlers or other children is a unique time in your life. Our physiotherapists will help you to feel more comfortable, regain your fitness and shape, and show you how to help yourself in daily life.

This requires a thorough physiotherapy assessment to find the cause of the discomfort or loss of function. We will discuss our findings and treatment plan with you, because success depends on your involvement.

The physiotherapy treatment may include:

  • Gentle release of tight muscle and joint tissues, using massage and mobilisation techniques
  • Ultrasound
  • Muscle strengthening and stretching exercises
  • Support bracing / SRC shorts
  • Rigid taping
  • Kinesiology taping
  • Dry needling
  • Pilates exercise classes