Women’s Health Antenatal Physiotherapy
Women’s Health Pregnancy Physiotherapy – Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham
” Women’s health is a specialist area of physiotherapy which focuses on problems related to the pelvic floor and the pelvis.”
Pregnancy Physiotherapy Sutton Coldfield
Resolve Physiotherapy are proud to offer antenatal and postnatal women’s health physiotherapy from our clinic in Streetly Village, Sutton Coldfield. During and after pregnancy the female body is subject to a huge amount of change. These changes can be the cause of aches and pains as well as issues with bladder, bowel and pelvic floor dysfunction.
At Resolve Physiotherapy we aim to minimise the discomfort that may arise during and after pregnancy and, educate new mums and ‘mums to be’ about their ever changing body during their childbearing year, allowing pregnancy to be enjoyable and afford the mother an efficient recovery post partum
How can Women’s Health Physiotherapy help me during pregnancy?
Pelvic girdle pain and stress urinary incontinence are common amongst pregnant women. These symptoms often occur due to hormonal changes and the ever increasing weight of your baby and uterus.
The mounting pressure of the uterus on your bladder gives you less room to store urine just when it’s becoming more difficult to stop the flow. You may notice that you leak urine when you sneeze or find it harder to hold your urine when you need to ‘go’. Urinary incontinence in pregnancy should not be ignored as research suggests that if you develop stress urinary incontinence during your pregnancy, or within 6 weeks following the birth of your baby, you are more likely to suffer from incontinence 5 years later.
An assessment with a Women’s Health Physiotherapist is often all you need to prevent this. It is important to ensure that you are doing the right pelvic floor exercises and activating the correct muscles for a suitable length of time in order to maintain a strong pelvic floor throughout your pregnancy and beyond.
There are many benefits of exercise during pregnancy including:
- Helping you to carry the weight you gain during pregnancy
- Preparing you for the physical stress of labour and birth
- Making getting back into shape after your baby is born easier.
Pilates based pelvic stability exercises are ideal to strengthen the supporting muscles of the pelvis and ease the pressure on the pelvic floor. There are very few qualified professionals out there who are able to offer the right advice on exercise during this time. As a result women often do too much or too little. Statistics show that only around 15% of women exercise to recommended levels during their pregnancy and in their postnatal recovery.
Many women will suffer with aches and pains associated with their pregnancy which may affect them in a number of ways. Lower back pain (1 in 3), pelvic pain (1 in 5) and stress incontinence are just a few of the problems that women may suffer from during their childbearing years and the affects can last long after the arrival of their baby. This is often a result of the hormones Relaxin and Oestrogen relaxing the ligaments which support your pelvis. The bones of the pelvis and sacrum slot together and rely on the local ligaments and muscles to provide stability. In pregnancy the extra strain on these ligaments can cause pain and movement dysfunction. The muscles supporting these ligaments need to be strong enough to provide stability as the ligaments loosen. Physiotherapists with specialised training in this area are in an ideal position to educate and advise women on safe exercising during this time and there is much evidence to support physiotherapy for pelvic pain in pregnancy.
What Can I Expect?
An internal assessment may not be appropriate whilst you are pregnant and therefore an assessment of the muscles of your abdomen and pelvis is often undertaken.
The treatments you may be offered could include:
- Manual therapy techniques
- Connective tissue release of the abdomen, back, hips and pelvis
- Provision of Pilates based pelvic stability exercises
- Provision and fitting of pelvic stability belts
- Advice on sleeping positions, exercise and movement modification
Who might benefit from antenatal physiotherapy?
Individuals suffering with pregnancy related aches and pains, such as back and pelvic pain and stress incontinence
Individuals who are looking to keep active throughout their pregnancy
Individuals wanting to experience a healthier pregnancy, smoother delivery and quicker postnatal recovery.