This is the time in a women’s life where her body transforms in ways. The huge influx of hormones and the physical changes places great demands on the body. Physiotherapy assists in alleviating and managing some of the common antenatal complaints.

These may include:

  • Back pain
  • Pelvic pain, Symphasis pubis dysfunction (pubic pain)
  • Other joint pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction – bladder, bowel and prolapse symptoms
  • Diastasis Rectus Abdominus – separation of the rectus abdominus muscle

The initial post natal period can be a challenging time when a new mother is taking care of her baby while trying to heal from the birth process. Physiotherapists assist new mothers in hospital whereby they aid mobilisation, start early gentle pelvic floor muscles exercises and assist with initiating successful breastfeeding, preventing and treating cracked nipples, mastitis and painful breast engorgement.

After the initial 6 week period we assess the closure of the abdominal muscles (rectus diastasis), pelvic floor functioning, scar tissue (either perineal in vaginal delivery or abdominal in a caesarean section) and any other musculoskeletal complaints.