PRE & POST PARTUM PHYSIOTHERAPY AT THE INJURY CLINIC
PRE & POST PARTUM PHYSIOTHERAPY
At The Injury Clinic, we have physiotherapists with a special interest in post-partum return to activity (including high impact activity such as running). We understand that this is a unique time in a woman’s life; the demands and pressures put on the body both during pregnancy and in the post-partum period are extraordinary! We know that it takes time to heal and regain strength, not only in the pelvic floor and abdominals but in many muscles that have been loaded differently during pregnancy. We will work with you to identify any areas that need to be retrained to achieve your goals.
WHAT TO EXPECT
During a post-partum assessment with our physiotherapists, you will likely be asked a series of questions, many of which may seem slightly intrusive or personal. These help us gain insight into any potential problems and assess where your baseline may be. From this information it may be decided that we need to refer you to a Women’s Health Physiotherapist for further assessment prior to starting treatment at The Injury Clinic.
Questions may include (but will not be limited to):
– How far post-partum are you?
– What type of delivery did you have (vaginal vs caesarian)?
– Were there any complications?
– Were you able to continue exercising during your pregnancy? If so, how often, what type of exercise etc.
– Have you had any urinary/faecal incontinence or increased urgency?
– Have you had any pain with intercourse?
– Have you returned to any exercise post-partum?
– Have you been completing pelvic floor exercises? If so, how did you learn these and what ‘cues’ have you been using?
– Have you had any heaviness/dragging through the pelvic floor area?
– Are/have you breastfeeding/breastfed?
– Do you have any pelvic or lower back pain?
A functional assessment will then enable us to identify a baseline and establish a plan. This, for example may include a strengthening and return to running program. We will also be able to identify and address any pain or injury concerns you may have.