Physiotherapy for ante and postnatal health
Women's health physios have specific training and qualifications to deal with all manner of women's problems, including pregnancy-related back and pelvic girdle pain, the various types of incontinence and post natal recovery.
How can physiotherapy help with pregnancy related conditions?
Back pain and Pelvic girdle pain
During pregnancy, the ligaments in your body naturally become softer and stretch to prepare you for labour. This can put a strain on the joints of your lower back and pelvis, which can cause pain. Physios are able to advise you on ways to minimise and manage this pain by lifestyle advice and specific exercise prescription.
Ante and post natal fitness
Often women can be unsure of what exercise they can do during and after pregnancy, at what stage they should be doing exercise and how often they should be doing it. Women's health physios are experts in the physical changes the body undergoes during and after pregnancy and can help advise and prescribe what types of exercises are safe and right for you (and your baby). Exercise is beneficial for your health during pregnancy and for an easier return to post-partum recovery and figure-regaining.
Should you happen to have an issue following the birth of your baby, such as pelvic prolapse or stress incontinence, a women's health physio is best placed to help treat this. They can also treat associated aches and pains such as postpartum back pain. A women's health physio can also advise you on exercises to strengthen up the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles which will have been weakened by your pregnancy.
Click here to find out more about Women’s Health physiotherapy with Nuffield Health.
Last updated: about 3 years ago