Having a baby changes your body. A lot of women experience physical problems as a result of labour and birth but our chartered Physios can help you deal with these changes and address and issues which may arise as a result of childbirth.
Symptoms Of Post-Pregnancy Problems
Pelvic Pain and pubic symphisis discomfort directly relate to the process of the baby passing through the bony pelvis. Relaxation of the ligaments to allow the baby to pass through leads to decreased stability of the joint. Then comes the stretching of joint as the baby passes through. This can lead to pain around the joints of the pelvis following the birth process.
Low Back Pain can be traced back to two major causes. One is the aforementioned ‘loose’ ligaments effect causing instability in the region. The other is the obvious increase in weight in the abdominal region. In particular the increased weight dragging forwards combined with the lack of ligament support due to release of Relaxin causes low back pain, often with symptoms referring into the bottom or legs.
Treatment of Post-Pregnancy Problems
Our Physios can ascertain which structures are involved and use a combination of treatment and rehabilitation to alleviate your symptoms.
There are a number of different techniques that our specialist will use to treat you but in most cases there will be a factor of personalisation for the symptoms that you are suffering from.
Our Physios can help to overcome these difficulties by teaching you to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which support the bowel, urethra and vagina. Pelvic floor exercises, often referred to as Kegel exercises, involve repetitive contractions of the pelvic floor muscles and have been shown to effectively prevent and treat urinary incontinence during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. Ideally you should begin the exercises during pregnancy.