Pre and Post-Natal Rehabilitation Programs
Pre-natal physiotherapy aims to promote the overall health and fitness of pregnant women, (and thereby promoting healthy growing baby in the womb) while addressing specific musculoskeletal, neurological and psycho-social issues and discomforts associated with pregnancy. Some key aspects of pre-natal physiotherapy include:
Postnatal physiotherapy focuses on the recovery and rehabilitation of women following childbirth. It helps women regain their strength, restore normal movement patterns, and address any lingering issues from pregnancy and delivery. Some key components of postnatal physiotherapy include:
Physiotherapists provide guidance on exercise, posture, and lifestyle modifications during pregnancy to support optimal health and prevent or manage common issues like back pain, pelvic girdle pain, and incontinence.
Customized exercise programs are designed to improve strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness while considering the safety and comfort of the mother and baby. These exercises may include gentle stretches, pelvic floor exercises, and low-impact cardiovascular activities.
Physiotherapists teach techniques to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which can help prevent or treat urinary incontinence and support the pelvic organs during pregnancy and childbirth.
Hands-on techniques such as joint mobilization, soft tissue massage, nerve glides/ mobilizations and myofascial release may be used to alleviate musculoskeletal discomfort and improve mobility.
Physiotherapists guide women in regaining strength and control of their pelvic floor muscles after childbirth. This can help with postpartum recovery, including healing perineal tears or episiotomy wounds, improving bladder and bowel control, and addressing pelvic organ prolapse.
Diastasis recti is the separation of the abdominal muscles that can occur during pregnancy. Physiotherapists can provide exercises and techniques to promote the healing and restoration of the abdominal muscles.
Addressing changes in posture and alignment that may have occurred during pregnancy and breastfeeding, which can contribute to pain and discomfort.
Restoring core strength and stability through exercises that target the deep abdominal and back muscles.
Addressing any residual pain or dysfunction in the back, hips, pelvis, and other areas affected by the physical demands of pregnancy and childbirth.