Pre and Post-Natal Physiotherapy
Many muscles and structures support a growing baby. Occasionally these structures get stressed, strained, and overloaded leading to discomfort, pain, and dysfunction. These structures include the muscles, ligaments, bones, nerves, and fascia in the pelvic floor, abdomen, hips, lower extremities, rib cage, and spine. Physiotherapy and massage therapy can help with some of these issues both during and after your pregnancy to help you return to your comfortable and healthy form.
Pregnancy Related Pelvic Girdle Pain
Over the course of pregnancy, the pelvis undergoes many changes to adapt for a growing baby and prepare for an upcoming delivery. For some women this can be an uncomfortable or even painful process. Most commonly, women seem to experience pain across the low back, hips and/or pubic bone. Pain can also occur in the glutes, groin and thighs. This pain can be sharp, burning, achy or sore. It may come and go or be there almost all the time. It makes everyday activities like walking, standing, sitting, rolling over in bed, climbing stairs, bending and lifting very difficult or almost impossible.
How Can Physiotherapy Help?
Standard physiotherapists are trained to assess and treat both musculoskeletal issues, neural, and the pelvic floor musculature. Following an initial assessment, a custom treatment plan is developed. Treatments might include strengthening exercises, stretches and manual therapy (use of the physiotherapists’ hands) to improve strength, flexibility, and timing of muscle activation. All treatment options are agreed upon by the physiotherapist and the patient before implementation. Combined with a home exercise program, behavioural modification and patient education, our physiotherapist helps to guide patients through the management of a variety of issues both during and after pregnancy.
How can Massage Therapy Help?
At our clinic we have some post-graduate trained therapists that can assist with treating many conditions while pregnant or painful symptoms postpartum.
Still have questions? Call to schedule an appointment with one of our therapists.