The importance of women’s health physiotherapy & osteopathy during the different stages of pregnancy
It is well known that women’s body is going through a lot during pregnancy, experiencing different issues and pain that will go on after childbirth. That’s why it is important to take these conditions to the core and as soon as possible in order to prevent any further complications. If women’s health issues related to the different stages of pregnancy are not taken on time, complications might happen in the future and turn into long-lasting pathologies such as back problems, incontinence, prolapse and more.
Going through pregnancy
During the nine months of pregnancy, back pain and especially lower back pain are well known to mothers-to-be. The belly gets heavier, leading to back pain that can spread along the leg and pelvis area, which can end up with pain along the buttock, hip, thigh, and abdomen (pelvic girdle pain).
On a less specific note, what women’s health physiotherapy and osteopathy can do as well is help prepare pregnant women to go through delivery with less pain and issues possible. With the help of an assessment, physical manipulation and exercises, physiotherapy and osteopathy cannot only relieve women from physical aches experienced during pregnancy but can also prepare their body for a smoother and less painful delivery with the help of pelvic floor and breathing exercises. Being aware of your pelvic floor muscles and learning to control them as well as to relax them will help you avoid further issues during and after childbirth, such as prolapse, posture issues, episiotomy, and tear, or even abdominal separation.
But that’s not it. The after childbirth needs as much care as during pregnancy.
The importance of pelvic floor rehabilitation
For a long time, pelvic floor related issues have been quite taboo within our (yet modern) society. But now, times are finally changing and pelvic floor rehabilitation is starting to be taken more seriously. Various natural and efficient techniques are getting more and more recognized in order to improve women’s postnatal situations, and with less pain possible.
Pelvic floor rehabilitation will help recover from pregnancy and childbirth, as well as treat and reduce any other related issues. An efficient pelvic floor rehabilitation with physiotherapy will make you get back safely to your daily active life and sports without worrying about any incontinence or prolapse issues for example. It is very important that all women are aware of the necessity of a strong pelvic floor muscle – before, during or after childbirth.
Getting back to shape
Besides pelvic floor rehab, what physiotherapy can do as well is help your belly get back to its initial shape. Numerous pregnant women experience abdominal separation or diastasis recti, caused by the uterus stretching the abdominal muscles, which often gets in the form of a bulge in the middle of the abdomen. Efficient postnatal physiotherapy techniques can help treat this common issue, allowing women to work on their abdominal muscles without putting any pressure on the pelvic floor, weakened and perhaps even damaged by pregnancy and delivery.
General wellbeing and rebalancing
Whether you had a natural and easy delivery or a more traumatic one, and even though you think everything is going perfectly fine, it is highly advised to have at least one postnatal osteopathy check-up in order to rebalance your body and relieve from tensions created by all the changes your body has experienced during pregnancy, as well as the ones that have appeared following childbirth, especially as deliveries can easily become quite traumatic (c-section, use of medical tools such as forceps…)
By working on the overall structure of your body, osteopathy will be able to realign everything by working as well on your emotional state and stress, helping grandly reduce any possible postpartum depression symptoms.
Mummy’s Physio is a team of physiotherapists and osteopaths with years of experience and qualifications. Passionate and highly trained, they will be able to provide you the best treatments and rehabilitation in London, at the practices or at home.