POST NATAL PHYSIOTHERAPY CHECK
This is a one-hour assessment for mothers six weeks and beyond after pregnancy.
External assessment: We use real time ultrasound to assess the pelvic floor muscle contraction. This can be done at the bikini line and does not involve doing an internal assessment.
Internal assessment: Often times people don’t really get what a pelvic floor contraction is and this is where an internal assessment can be done to see if you are getting the knack. We also screen for any post-natal prolapse.
POSTURE & MOVMENT SCREEN
We remind you about your pre-pregnancy stance and best strategies for getting stronger for bending and lifting.
BLADDER & BOWEL SCREEN
Sometimes after having a baby our bladder and bowel can take a bit of time to revert to normal function. Some simple exercises and advice can greatly help.
PELVIC GIRDLE PAIN & SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION
Stitches can be sensitive or internal muscles can be a bit weak or tight and simple exercises can help relieve this internal or external pain.
TUMMY SEPARATION CHECK – DIASTASIS RECTI
This describes the natural stretching of the fascia tissue between your six pack muscles when you are pregnant. This returns to normal within six to twelve months. Sometimes the gap between the tummy muscles can be wider than normal or takes longer to return to normal for a few reasons:
- Stiff lower and upper back
- Pulling in or bracing your tummy muscles
- Weak abdominals and pelvic floor muscles
- The way you carry your child
- Weak hip muscles
- Having a C-Section
- Other medial complaints
We assess and measure your abdominal separation using Real Time Ultrasound. We can measure any gap on screen and use this a guide to monitor your progress.
INDIVIDUAL EXERCISE PROGRAMME
Based on your assessment we design exercises to help you return to your previous strength and mobility in a safe manner. We go through the exercises to ensure you understand what type of postnatal exercise is safe to do and why. These exercises are sent to you on our exercise app with video clips.
We provide advice on when it is safe to return to running and weight lifting. We can also communicate with your personal trainer on some safe adaptations for you.