Physiotherapy During Pregnancy
Physiotherapy during pregnancy can be very beneficial for remedying common discomforts like back and pelvic discomfort. Pregnancy can significantly affect your overall daily functioning, and many women suffer with back and/or pelvic pain during their pregnancy. A woman's body goes through incredible physical and hormonal changes before and after delivery, and the activities done on a day to day basis can have a significant effect on a woman’s level of discomfort.
For years, discomfort associated with pregnancy has been accepted as a normal part of the pregnancy process, but often something can be done about it.
Almost all women experience musculoskeletal discomfort during pregnancy, and as many as 25% of all pregnant women experience temporarily disabling ones.
Physiotherapy can help to relieve the following conditions:
Lower back pain caused by a shift in the mother's centre of gravity as the baby grows
Issues with the bony pelvis
Neck pain and headaches due to changes in posture
Bladder leakage during pregnancy and after delivery due to strained pelvic muscles
Stretching of the abdominal walls leading to back pain
Muscle imbalances and strengths
Treatment can include:
Exercises to improve strength and mobility
Exercises to help postural alignment and body balance
Techniques to aid joint and soft tissue flexibility
Postpartum rehabilitation – see our section on the Post Natal MOT
You do not need to suffer without help during your pregnancy.