Having a baby can put an enormous strain on the body and also
brings changes that are sometimes hard to manage without specialist treatment
We see many uncomplicated, pain-free pregnancies but are however, experienced in diagnosing antenatal spinal and pelvic dysfunction and can manage these from a range of physiotherapy interventions.
It’s an important and special time for you and having pain or restrictive conditions can take away from this – so we aim to make things easier for you through safe and individual treatments.
Pregnancy brings about some major temporary changes to the body that affect the skeletal system.
Weight will increase, particularly in the abdominals where the muscles are stretched and weakened, there is a shift in the centre of gravity and posture will be affected, often increasing stress to the lower back. Hormonal changes not only affect mood but also cause the ligaments to soften, increasing joint flexibility and vulnerability.
Pain can include:
- Lower back pain
- Pelvic pain
- Neck and rib pain
Treatments are gentle and include:
- TENS machine
- Ball work
- Posture management and adjustment
- Core exercises
- Strengthening exercises
- Pelvic floor attention
- Planning rehabilitation post-birth
Care taken to strengthen the pelvic floor and address pain during pregnancy can help to avoid may problems after you’ve had your baby.