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Obstetric Physiotherapy

Before, During and After Pregnancy (and child birth)

Before becoming pregnant

In order to limit the likelihood physical discomfort and pain during pregnancy it is important that a woman be physically prepared for the upcoming nine months and beyond. At Vital Core Physiotherapy we can advise and educated women on safe and effective exercise in this period as well as correct or help manage any pre existing problems such as neck, back or pelvic pain.

During pregnancy

Hormones, postural and muscular changes as your body grows and changes shape, increasing weight, altered circulation, not to mention stress, all make a woman’s body vulnerable to pain and injury.  Exercise is an essential part of managing most discomforts of pregnancy, so we offer pregnancy exercise classes each week.

Such problems include:

  • Back pain
  • Pelvic pain or instability
  • Abdominal pain
  • Buttock pain
  • Muscle cramps
  • Coccyx pain
  • Pubic pain
  • Incontinence
  • Pelvic floor weakness
  • Vaginal pain
  • Mastitis or engorgement
  • Achy / painful shoulders
  • Hand / wrist tingling / numbness
  • Thumb pain
  • Swelling
  • Other musculoskeletal problems

Our experienced physios at Vital Core Physiotherapy assess each pregnant woman fully to determine the cause of her individual problems.

We can

  • Decrease pain using treatment techniques such as joint mobilisation, massage and electrotherapy
  • Provide support for the afflicted area
  • Strengthen weak muscles
  • Stretch tight muscles
  • Give advice for relief at home
  • Provide specific pregnancy exercise classes or exercise advice for you to continue at home or at your gym
  • Provide specific pregnancy education

Labour

Labour is often a very daunting topic for women, yet with education, it can be a very fulfilling and empowering event, with a wonderful gift at the end.

At Vital Core physiotherapy we can help women prepare for labour by strengthening specific muscles and teaching a number of strategies you can use to help the labour process, including acupuncture and acupressure. We also hire TENS machines for labour use.

After Pregnancy

At Vital Core Physiotherapy we can help ease any aches and pains commonly associated with caring for a young baby, as well as start the rehabilitation process following pregnancy and childbirth.

Exercise in the post natal period is essential if a woman wishes to return her body close to her ‘before baby’ size and shape. However it is essential that return to exercise be slow and gradual with a strong focus in the early period on pelvic floor and core control and strength.

The physiotherapists at Vital Core Physiotherapy can advise post natal woman on exercise specific to their needs and their body’s condition. This may include assessment and muscle retraining using Real Time Ultrasound, home exercises and/or participating in one of our many suitable exercise classes.

Mastitis is another very common condition in the early post natal period. Vital Core Physiotherapists can effectively treat this painful condition and educate woman how to self manage it and prevent its recurrence.

Pelvic floor pain, incontinence and weakness are a common but not normal conditions affecting post natal woman. Vital Core Physiotherapy principals Tory Toogood and Rebecca Sabine are skilled in effectively assessing and treating these conditions.

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