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Physiotherapy and pregnancy

Physiotherapy and pregnancy

Why you need physiotherapy during pregnancy?

During pregnancy a woman’s body undergoes many changes. Often pregnant women experience pain either in their lower back or pelvis. Physiotherapy can come as a great relief from pain as well as facilitate childbirth. Analysis will determine how long and what kind of physiotherapy training is required. Furthermore, continuous monitoring is required to ensure that the training program is progressing well. With proper training, pregnant women can be ensured a smoother pregnancy and delivery.

What pregnancy does to you?

Pain during pregnancy is triggered by factors like incorrect posture, diminished muscle strength and flexibility, misalignment of joints or nerve involvement. Physiotherapy increases muscle strength and physical endurance in the abdomen, back and hips. Post-natal physiotherapy helps in decreasing the severity of fatigue improving metabolism and regaining pre-pregnancy weight. Some of the other issues addressed by physiotherapy are joint pain, neck pain, incontinence etc. PTs (Physiotherapists) who are extensively trained in physical therapy, gently massage to promote healing. To alleviate stiffness and muscle pain, massaging works in two ways – 1. by allowing lactic acid build up to drain naturally and 2. by stimulating blood flow. Mobility sometimes becomes restricted and techniques used by PTs can remove the source of pain and bring about a level of comfort.

What to look for in a physiotherapy training program?

It is important to consider the following while choosing a physiotherapy training program. The program should most importantly be managed only by a certified professional. He/ She should proactively look for any weakness that may become a problem later. The program should be centred on increasing flexibility, improving posture and building strength. There must be elements that you can do on your own at home.

Can it cause any harm?

Any training program or exercises should be checked against the following, to ensure it does not cause any harm.
  1. When there is no preliminary screening or continued monitoring
  2. Crucial weaknesses not addressed
  3. Exercises given for all participants regardless of individual conditions
  4. Contraindicative or unsuitable exercises

After childbirth:

Many of your muscles are stretched during pregnancy and childbirth. Circulation and breathing also undergo changes. With facilitated post-natal physiotherapy muscles can be strengthened, posture corrected, and body shape regained. Until muscle fibres function normally, gentle but deep tummy muscle exercises and pelvic floor exercises should be carried out every day. The muscle repair can take several months. Although restoring muscles is high on the priority, it is however important to take adequate rest for 1 – 2 weeks or even more if needed, immediately after childbirth.

Success stories:

Mt Lawley Physiotherapy have been involved in the success stories of many patient’s incontinence (even after many failed surgeries and medications), pelvic floor concerns, severe pelvic pain, hip pain, recovery from natural and C section births, neck pain and more. All these patients followed a customised physiotherapy plan and are now a good testimony for those who are having problems with similar conditions.

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