By Healthweb | March 28, 2023
Postnatal Physiotherapy Services are provided by our experienced physiotherapists who have empathy and the clinical skills to assist mums with physical difficulties, weakness and pain in any part of their body. Of course, we also see postnatal women who have no particular issue. They are usually wanting their abdominal separation professionally assessed, advice on pelvic floor exercise and an appropriate home exercise program to undertake that does not strain weak muscles and joint areas.
Fatigue, combined with the feeling of working around the clock, means many new mums lose touch with themselves. It is so easy for young mums to be totally focused only on who they are caring for. This means a postnatal woman can easily strain parts of her body with repetitive movements and sustained postures. Some common examples seen in our women’s health physiotherapy clinic that result in soft tissue over loading and strain are:
- Posturing poorly during babe’s feeding times
- Repetitive bending and lifting activity when providing for baby care and perhaps even toddler care demands
- Holding babe for long periods of time and always looking down at them (after all they are very cute)
- Lack of movement and core awareness with general household activities that never seem to go away
At Physiotherapy for Women, we understand how hard it can be for new mums to find the time for a physiotherapy assessment and treatment. We therefore make a point of adjusting the diary to suit the needs of busy mothers. A medical referral is not required for Postnatal Physiotherapy Services.
What are the common postnatal conditions requiring physiotherapy?
Following the birth, whether it be days, weeks or months after delivery, there are many common postnatal conditions treated by our skilled physios, which are listed as follows:
- Lower back pain, pelvic girdle pain, sciatica, buttock/hip/groin muscle pain, hip joint pain/stiffness, sacroiliac joint pain, pubic symphysis pain, coccyx pain/coccydynia
- Shoulder blade pain, thoracic (mid back) pain/stiffness, neck pain/stiffness, headaches
- Pelvic floor muscle weakness, bladder/bowel weakness, urinary stress incontinence, faecal incontinence, urgency, bladder frequency, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, sexual pain
- Breast engorgement, blocked milk ducts, mastitis
- Abdominal muscle separation
- Core muscle weakness
- Carpal tunnel syndrome, wrist and finger pain/tingling/numbness
- Thumb/wrist pain, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
Our Physiotherapy for Women clinic will provide the necessary consultation time to hear your story and understand how you are feeling and coping with your presenting condition. Physio assessment is carried out to find the cause of discomfort, weakness or loss of function. We will discuss our findings and treatment plan with you, because success depends on your involvement.
What are the treatment options?
The postnatal treatment will be determined by the specific features of your presenting problem. The treatment may include:
- Gentle release of tight muscle and joint tissues using soft tissue massage and mobilisation techniques
- Therapeutic ultrasound
- Dry needling
- Core muscle activation training with progressive and effective safe loading exercise
- Muscle strengthening and/or stretching exercises
- Pelvic floor muscle examination
- Rigid taping of muscles, joints and spinal areas
- Kinesiology taping
- Support bracing or SRC Recovery shorts/leggings
- Postnatal exercise classes in the clinic
- Home exercise program
Being a new mum, or mum with toddlers or other children, is a unique time in your life. Our physiotherapists will help you feel more comfortable, provide safe strengthening and stretching exercises to regain your fitness and shape and show you how to help yourself in daily life. We understand that this is not a time for most mums to go onto light duties when they are in pain or experiencing some loss of functional movement. Therefore, our skilled physios know how to present a postnatal treatment approach that will produce fast, positive results for mums presenting with discomfort, stiffness or weakness.